BEST ELECTRONIC ARTIST

Safety Words
The beat-making, crate-digging, sample-manipulating duo Safety Words (Sean Price and Ian Jones) first perked up ears around town with The Ghostfaced Pixels Mixtape, an album-long mashup of Wu-Tang Clan lyrics set against eight-bit video-game soundtracks. The CD showed the pair's perverse sense of humor alongside its catchall approach to pop culture, but Safety Words refused to be written off as a one-trick pony. Jones and Price have continued to dig deeper, into the rich, dizzying world of library music and remixes (including one for producer Phaseone, who recently relocated to NYC). A new album is in the works, but until then, a Safety Words show provides a chance to see these curators as both dance commanders and sonic collage artists. (CS)

Half Gay
The duo of Floating Laboratories founder Kevin Harris and multimedia artist Mike Stasny makes deconstructed analog house music from the future with tornadic drums and synths. After donning some massive and insane headdresses made by Stasny, the duo (and sometimes trio) creates...well, deconstructed house music from the future. Seriously, this is probably what popular music will become in 30 to 40 years, complete with costumes and accompanying dizzy-making laser lights. Our grandchildren will love it. It's loud, erratic and danceable, with punishing rhythms and an abrasive charm. You get the sense they're grinning wickedly under those masks. (DB)

Sleepy Kitty Arts

Location Info

Map

Lola

500 N. 14th St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Downtown

Lucas Park Grille

1234 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: St. Louis - Washington Avenue

Ra Cailum
Bedroom composer Anthony Engelhardt started Ra Cailum still in the fevered throes of chillwave-itis, but it turns out the cure is just listening to better music. He's quickly evolved out of the easy-listening-for-the-aughts genre, trading Toro y Moi for Eno. At nineteen, he's well on his way to becoming a sound architect to be reckoned with. His latest EP, Infinite Value, is a confident exploration into ambient esoterica, at times recalling Phaseone or early Aphex Twin — electronic poetry rendered in euphonic watercolor. (DB)
7:30 p.m., Rue 13

Buz
Buz is drummer Charlie Hogland, who is also a member of experimental folk/multimedia project We Are Warm. The straight-up dance beats of a song like "Boomstick" stand in stark contrast to the jazzy piano tinklings found elsewhere (such as on "Battle Epidemic"). Buz is capable of waist-deep industrial sludge, too, and it's the constant variety that lifts the duo's overall soundscape into the stratosphere.
—Katie Moulton
8:45 p.m., Rue 13

Buxom Space Fish
This newly formed band has put out three albums since its inception in 2010. Originally little more than a recording project with a Doctor Who reference thrown in, Buxom Space Fish is now a complete band, keyboardist and vocalist included. And if you, like Dr. Who, spent most of your day traveling through space and time, you might do well to add a few of the band's bizarre electronic tunes to your playlist. This music may not make especially great dance-floor material, but that's not the point: The Fish focuses on the alien. Case in point: the aptly named "The Wedding March of the Space Fish" is an electro-pop rendition of Wagner's "Bridal Chorus." (EB)



BEST DJ

DJ Nune
Lamar Harris is a busy man. Filling roles as a trumpeter, trombonist, arranger and producer, it's little wonder that he consistently finds work as a musician at the city's most-respected clubs. As DJ Nune, he holds down a weekly spin on Fridays at Lola, drawing on his vast expertise to play gems from many genres. An active member of the local art scene generally, Harris lends his expert DJ skills to a wide variety of events, including the recent St. Louis Open Studio's Wall Ball. He still finds time to record his own projects; a new album called The Here and After is on the horizon. (RFT)
12:15 a.m., Flamingo Bowl (Main Room)

Needles
Since he got his start mixing in the late '90s, DJ Needles has become one of the best-known turntablists in the city. He's no stranger to the RFT Music Awards, either, having taken the crown of Best Club DJ in 2010 and Best Hip-Hop DJ the two years prior. Needles remains one of the scene's busiest contributors, finding the time to host a blog at ghettoblastic.com, a series of mixtapes and the KDHX (88.1 FM) show Rawthentic Radio between his live gigs, all while producing hip-hop and R&B tracks for some of the area's premier talent on the side. Needles is known for his discriminating and sometimes eclectic taste in music; his sets function as a crash course in quality music. (CC)
9 p.m., Lola's Absinthe Bar

Scotty Mac
Though veteran DJ Scotty Mac has been mixing it up for nearly two decades now, he's yet to get stale and continues to more than earn his place on the list of St. Louis' finest. He digs far into his deep crates to create dynamic, eclectic mixes designed to get everybody out on the dance floor — no matter who you are or what you say you like. Scotty Mac knows no limits. As he puts it, "Genre shmanra — if it's hot, it's in the mix." (RFT)

Forensic
Two minutes into a conversation with Forensic, he manages to out both Jekyll and Hyde as influences. At his regular shows in local clubs, the 39-year-old (Joe Bobnick to his mom) mixes and spins both progressive trance (a dynamic, hands-in-the-air Dr. Jekyll) and EMB-industrial music (a dark, sometimes brutal Mr. Hyde). Forensic brought his beats from upstate New York via an eight-year stint in Boston in an effort to fill a void for goth-industrial music in St. Louis. Two club residencies and a transition from vinyl to disc later, Forensic still manages to find the necessary balance between his Jekyll nights and his Hyde ones to keep the energy high.
—Kelsey Whipple
9 p.m., Flamingo Bowl (Main Room)

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