10:45 Capone (Cover)
Cover bands are usually seen as second-rate rip-offs, but Capone is something different entirely. It's a cover band that brings back to life the glory (or the horror, depending on your opinion) of 1980s hair metal. The men of Capone might even put on a better show than the bands that they mimic because they are very clearly doing it out of love for the music. It's not tongue-in-cheek. There's no sarcasm and no irony. Capone is just a hard-working band paying tribute to its musical heroes in the most authentic way possible: imitation. The band does well with both the style and attitude of the era, but behind the bandanas and the eyeliner and the leather pants are modern musicians playing with passion. They might not have written these songs, but they feel them and celebrate them and always offer audiences nothin' but a good time. Jamie Lees

Midnight Tok (Hard Rock)
In a world where rock radio trends more and more toward angry metal, it's great to see that alt-rock bands like Tok still exist. The Festus trio has muscle, speed and feedback to spare, but it balances its power with singable melodies. Guitarist Bryan Basler's slightly watery distortion and gravelly vocals echo Nirvana, but he shreds in a way Cobain never did. His brother Matt takes a more vulnerable approach to his vocals that lend Tok's slower songs a welcome bluesy feel, all while dialing in bass lines that go beyond following the guitar's root note to compliment the song. Drummer Mike Chrismer keeps it all together with driving beats and fills that impress but never overwhelm. If you think the Point (105.7 FM) is only worth listening to on Wayback Weekends, Tok is for you. BM

1:15 Red Squad (Hard Rock)
Red Squad has a fixation on prog-rock with the brevity of hardcore, and these elements birth a wildly vibrant music void of tired genre trappings. Red Squad tends to the power-trio format with a striking balance, as Lindsay Cranmer styles her guitar with a psychedelic rip, and drummer Alberto Patino tears through the drum set with spastic fervor. Joel Stillwell provides a low-end hum through use of oft-distorted bass, a crunchy supplement to the trio's penchant for driving song structure. The riffs themselves hold a melodic core, keeping an eye on pop music while holding a direct link to the band's punk and hardcore background. Expect Red Squad's first release in late 2012, when the group will flex a pedigree of rock combustion through a diverse and brainy set of songs. JH

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4:30 Terra Caput Mundi (Metal)
Terra Caput Mundi is St. Louis' premiere Warhammer 40k themed metal band — not that there's much competition for that title. The brainchild of vocalist/bassist Jared Caput Mundi, who conceived of the band in 2005 with one stated purpose — "To express the grim darkness of the far future through ripping heavy metal"— TCM secured a lineup including drummer Sarah Caput Mundi and guitarist Thrash Attack Zack and recorded and self-released 2008's Warp Speed Warriors, an eight-song offering of punk-infused thrash with influence from old-school heavy metal. After Zack was "accidentally blown out of an airlock" in 2010, the lineup was solidified into its current incarnation with guitarist Destructsean providing the six-stringed riffage. Terra Caput Mundi is gearing up for its late 2012 release of Lost in the Warp, gigging relentlessly and proving once and for all that heavy metal rules in a galaxy of fools. DH

5:45 Fister (Metal)
Since 2009 Fister has stood tall as a singular pillar in St. Louis' metal community. Known for delivering Sabbath-esque doom at a snail's pace, the band's skillful dynamics traverse the tried elements that plague the genre. Aiming to be the loudest band in the city, Fister trudges on with roughneck progressions through a wall of amps, delivering a drudging exultation of fire and brimstone. Worshipping at the broken altar of bands such as Sleep and Dopethrone, its songs bellow with a darkened swagger, baptized in weed smoke and sworn to all that is unholy. Though humorous titles like "Witchfucker" and "Mazda of Puppets" hint at blatant parody, its music serves as a serious testament to true passion and solid musicianship. This month finds the shred-heavy trio releasing The Infernal Paramount EP, some of its most realized and lethal material to date. JL

7:00 Scripts 'N Screwz (Hip-Hop Group/Collective)
The music of Ill-side duo Scripts 'N Screwz has always fallen on the experimental side of hip-hop. Loose Screwz, who handles most of the group's eccentric production, tends to pull from a diverse array of musical influences on each project, so you're likely to find songs that sound more like electronica or rock sitting side by side with the more contemporary hip-hop tracks. As emcees, he and Scripts are both capable rhyme-sayers, with thoughtful lyricism accented by a fluent and mellow delivery. The group's current singles "So Cool" and "Escalators" offer a glimpse of what can be expected from its soon-to-be-released EP, The Hangover 2. CC

8:15 Yowie (Experimental)
Venerable trio Yowie has dropped jaws for more than a decade with its intricate compositions and geometric precision. In a recent plot twist to the legend of Yowie, guitarist Christopher Trull joined the group, replacing the band's mysterious one-named member Jimbo. Trull earned his stripes and proved his proficiency back when he was one-third of local legend-in-process Grand Ulena, and those who witnessed his April debut with Yowie at Fort Gondo can vouch for his ability to elevate the group rather than merely hang on. The band has long been intimidatingly good, but with this shot of adrenaline, Yowie is heading toward the mathematical formula that will trigger the explosion of the sun. RW

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