7:00 Thi'sl (Hip-Hop Solo)
Let's face it. In some areas of St. Louis, it is entirely too possible to claim to having grown up in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country. But Travis Tyler (who raps under the name Thi'sl) actually did, and on those streets he sold crack cocaine, witnessed his cousin's death and watched his life change as his blunt, visceral rhymes grew out of bitter life experience and donated studio time. It was there, too, that he returned from a mistaken arrest for first-degree murder, and it was there he found God. Through his two full-length releases, 2009's Chronicles of an X-Hustler and fall iTunes chart-topper Beautiful Monster, Thi'sl narrates both his own story and his neighborhood's through powerful, biting insight and dramatic hooks. "And I ain't turning back," he rasps on his most recent release, "This is survivor music." Kelsey Whipple

Copia Restaurant & Wine Garden

7:15 Theresa Payne (Soul)
Pity whoever follows Theresa Payne onto a stage. On record, the singer is powerful and passionate — her influence from the worlds of gospel and hip-hop lend weight and vitality to her work. Live, she will put you on your knees. No studio can hope to capture the enormity of her voice or the way she so visibly acts as a conduit for her art. Get a taste with 2012's excellent The Moment EP, and don't miss her next gig. Kiernan Maletsky

8:30 Palace (Chamber Pop)
The peaks and pitfalls of youth remain a bottomless inspiration for artists who are well past adolescence — just ask Wes Anderson and his myriad revisions of romantic, hyper-literate childhood. Local quartet Palace isn't as precious in its exploration of endless summers and bubbling-over hormones, but the effect is less nostalgic than in-the-now invigorating. This band harnesses the power of boys and girls playing together better than most in town: Guitarist Matt Kavanagh and keyboardists Jamie Finch and Sydney Scott share vocal duties but are at their best when they sing in tandem, with help from drummer Danny Hill. The stacked harmonies on songs like "I'm Still Learning" are as sticky as Dreamsicles in the July sun, and Palace's choir-kid chops are enlivened with bouncing piano chords and quick-wristed guitar strokes. Summer can't last forever, but Palace's self-titled debut lets the sun shine regardless of the forecast. Christian Schaeffer

9:45 Dots Not Feathers (Chamber Pop)
Dots Not Feathers posseses as strong a four-part harmony as any band in St. Louis — better than you'll find most anywhere, really. And there's more: plenty of chops, a wide-ranging influence from gospel to the litany of brainy folkies out there to jazz. You can even hear some of its members old guitar-rock instincts coming through. Last year's Come Back to Bed is charming and revealed a nimble band with some promise. The early returns on the new stuff — the two-track Mountain EP thus far — are a different matter entirely: The ensemble can now make sudden and dynamic turns, its players are as assured as professionals, and its lyrics are precise and evocative. KM

11:00 Pretty Little Empire (Americana)
What makes Pretty Little Empire a band, rather than a vessel for singer-songwriter Justin Johnson's songs, is the palpable, no-frills tension and release that attends the group's best songs. Left to his own devices, Johnson tunnels headlong into songs of human weakness, earthen pleasures and the persistence of memory; Will Godfred (guitar), Wade Durbin (bass) and Evan O'Neal (drums) turn those barnstormers and dirges into pulsing crescendos. On the quartet's most recent LP, Reasons and Rooms, Pretty Little Empire broadens its palette to include some piano-led gravitas ("Reasons Are Wrong"), minimalist chill-outs ("Mornings Been Hard") and boisterous sing-alongs ("Dakotas"). The band has plans to release its third album later this year, and its in-studio prowess provides a nice counterpoint to an engrossing live show that always aims for the rafters. CS

12:15 Old Lights (Indie Rock)
That we've yet to hear much more music from Old Lights since the 2011 release of the sparkling, accomplished Like Strangers ten-inch owes largely to leading light David Beeman's in-demand, diverse talents. As a producer and engineer at Native Sound studio and a member of synth-pop group Née, Beeman seems to be as interested in contributing to his peers' music as he is in further illuminating his own via Old Lights. With a wiry voice that recalls Eric D. Johnson of the Fruit Bats, a thirst for melody that suggests Elvis Costello at his poppiest and a band that can rock, skip and stroll through the post-Fleetwood Mac landscape, Beeman may be taking his time with Old Lights, but whatever comes next will be essential listening. Roy Kasten

The Dubliner

5:15 Trixie Delight (Cover)
Anyone can hack her way through the classics. It takes enormous musical talent to separate a cover band from the pack in a city like St. Louis. Fortunately, that's exactly what Trixie Delight has. Frontwoman Kelly Wild has more than enough chops to deliver the divas we all know and love, and she has enough soul to share the stage with legendary Texas songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, as she did at a recent show at Off Broadway. Wild also lends her talents to the two largest tribute nights in St. Louis — the Led Zeppelin homage Celebration Day and the annual juggernaut that is El Monstero. KM

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