4:15 Dave Black (Jazz)
Known for his versatility as well as his virtuosity, Dave Black excels as a guitarist in a variety of genres, including jazz, blues, rock, classical and Latin. Since moving to St. Louis from his native Indiana in the early 1980s, he's consistently been one of the busiest musicians in town, playing solo gigs, leading a variety of ensembles and supporting fellow performers such as saxophonist Paul DeMarinis, singer and flute player Margaret Bianchetta, guitarist Teddy Presberg, singer-songwriter Javier Mendoza and many others. Black has only recorded a couple of albums as a leader, but his constant gigging definitely has endeared him to local listeners, who voted to make him the winner of the "Jazz" category in last year's RFT Music Awards. Dean C. Minderman

5:30 Mikey Wehling and the Reverbs (New Band)
One of the more obvious commendations for an artist using electronics is to note the humanity of her knob twists and button pressings. Few deserve the compliment as much as Mikey Wehling, a key member of Messy Jiverson in a past life and someone with a deep affection for grooves. His prolific solo output over the last year and a half shows his commitment to analog, and the translation to full band isn't much of a stretch. The songs, in turn, are evolving from lush and patient moods to danceable jams. KM

6:45 Bo and the Locomotive (Indie Rock)
Don't judge a book by its cover, and don't judge an album by its title. If you picked up On My Way, the debut LP from Bo and the Locomotive, you'd be forgiven if the title had you fearing some navel-gazing introspection. (And really, the naked-lady swimmers on the cover should have been your first clue that another kind of navel-gazing was awaiting you.) Bo Bulawsky channeled years spent as a sideman and hours of bedroom recordings into his debut, and it sounds as fully formed and purposeful as the most seasoned bandleaders. He favors the hazy depths of reverb, and that obfuscation smears his words but makes the cumulative effect of his songs crash like muddy waves around your ears. Bo and the Locomotive is a band built from simple parts but constructed with an architect's vision. CS

8:00 Googolplexia (Solo)
Elvis Presley famously opened a Las Vegas residency by announcing, "Ladies and gentlemen, before the evening's out, I'm sure I will have made a complete and utter fool of myself — but I hope you get a kick out of watching." Rob Severson, a.k.a. the Pancake Master, applies that performance approach well with his one-man band Googolplexia. Armed with only his trademark headset microphone, an occasional ukelele or accordion and a head full of witty, often ridiculous songs, Severson stalks the audience and mixes an almost Jonathan Richman-esque guileless sensibility with the ability to rock a crowd, whether or not they came in wanting to be rocked. Severson is also the force behind the local Pancake Productions label, and he'll most likely have a box full of cool merch to sell you after the show. MA

9:15 DJ Needles (DJ)
A long-running favorite in the "Best DJ" category, James Gates (a.k.a. DJ Needles) has pretty much done it all and hit every hallmark of a great DJ along the way. Live radio? Check. Needles has been on the air for ages — he currently hosts Rawthentic on KDHX (88.1 FM). Remix albums? Check. His "Jazzyphatnappy" series is on its eighth volume, let alone the myriad projects in his archives. Beats? Check. Under the pseudonym "Nodzilla," Gates has been producing beats for local artists like Tef Poe, Black Spade and Indiana Rome for years. Credibility? We won't even justify that with a response. Comparing against a résumé as robust as Needles', you'd have a tough time finding anyone better respected among music fans, recording artists and fellow DJs alike. If you've never watched Needles work the turntables, you're doing yourself a huge disservice. CC

10:30 DJ Mahf (DJ)
There are few DJs who exhibit as much exuberance as DJ Mahf. He moves with a freewheeling tilt, an off-axis bend to his motion that gives him the look of someone who isn't taking himself too seriously. It's easy to root for Mahf during his sets. Just one look at him gives you the feeling that he's going to bring the fun. Which is good, because Mahf is a busy man who needs the energy. Two weekly spins, Tuesdays at Pin-Up Bowl and Fridays at Clayton's Area 14, give Mahf enough of a platform to support his — and his IndyGround label cohorts' — latest efforts. And ask yourself: When was the last time you knew a DJ ballsy enough to throw together a mixtape with a mashup of M.I.A, Audioslave, Clipse, Rage Against the Machine and N.W.A. with an intro from Jack Black and Incubus? Blair Stiles


Hair of the Dog

6:00 Demon Lover (New Band)
Once a seminal group of experimental Americana in St. Louis, Theodore dissolved in late 2011, releasing its invaluable artists into the wild. Demon Lover is a power trio, collecting three heads from the aforementioned Theodore. Frontman Andy Lashier has a compelling voice, and he keeps the set grounded with solid bass work. Sam Meyer's rock background provides a powerful rip to the drum sections, while J.J. Hamon reprises his role as the specter of texture, making use of homemade devices to evoke otherworldly sound. There is a hint of punk rock in the band's delivery, with songs privy to experimentation. Demon Lover provides a rare sound, one that feels at home in dusty warehouses and dive bars as well as art galleries and concert venues. Demon Lover's hybrid of genre conventions is distinctly St. Louis, with wild fret-shredding and hometown twang. Joseph Hess

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Getwords
Getwords

Anyone else having trouble downloading the schedule file (above)? I get an error (and I have Acrobat Pro). What a shame - I really want to look at it, and the image above is not really legible.

Cranky
Cranky

Hey, RFT - know how you've got banners about this all over the website page? Well - if you click on one and go to the schedule link - it still has a "coming soon" message. Isn't it about time it came?

 
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