5:45 iLLPHONiCS (Hip-Hop Group/Collective)
In its sixth year together, the hip-hop collective iLLPHONiCS is proving that it's more than just St. Louis' answer to the Roots. On its latest EP, Reality Check, the band sets free heavy guitars and a live rhythm section that rocks the alternative as persuasively as it breaks down the funk, sometimes calling to mind Fishbone even as it finds its own hilariously paranoid sweet spot on a cut like "Attack of the Groupies." But as hard and sometimes lush as the crew's sound can be, it wouldn't catch fire without the flow of emcee and founder Larry "Fallout" Morris, a heavyweight rhymer who balances morality tales with spitfire commentary on everything from suckah critics to millennial fashionistas. RK

7:00 Jeremiah Johnson Band (Blues)
Not to be confused with the old Robert Redford movie or a certain NFL running back, Jeremiah Johnson is making a name for himself as a blues singer and guitarist and a compelling presence on the St. Louis music scene. Johnson first heard the blues as a kid attending school in the Soulard neighborhood, and after living and playing in Houston, Texas, for nine years, he returned home a few years ago to launch his music career in earnest. Since then, he has self-released a couple of CDs while getting steady work on the highly competitive local club circuit, and earlier this year he made it to the semifinals of the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. DM

8:15 Doorway (Hip-Hop Group/Collective)
Doorway is always on the hustle, its members constantly visible at shows and online, releasing new mixtapes and videos seemingly every week. The group of MCs, which includes WhiteOut, RT-FaQ, L-Gifted, SD and Veo, may be full of young guns, but they're already veterans. Started by WhiteOut and L-Gifted when they were in eighth grade, Doorway's been around for a decade now. And its members know better than to expect handouts. Always positive in outreach and energetic in its delivery, the Metro East-based collective knows there's strength in numbers. KM

9:30 Née (Pop)
Synth-pop gets a bad rap for being all plastic and no heart, as if no one has ever lost his shit to "True Faith" or "Tainted Love." Sure enough, Née's Kristin Dennis shakes plenty of glitter and pomp over her pop-savvy tunes — pulse-quickening drum-machine rhythms keep time for buzzy arpeggios and swooping glissandos that dart around her like neon lightning bugs. But it doesn't take much to tell that Dennis wears her heart on her chiffon sleeve; last year's The Hands of Thieves EP grounded its pop confections with themes of heartbreak and hope. This year has brought the excellent, radio-ready "Pretty Girls" single as well as a solidified four-person lineup featuring long-time drummer Mic Boshans (Humdrum) alongside synthesist Lex Herbert and Old Lights' David Beeman on guitar and keys. As Dennis turns her one-woman project into a full-fledged band, the payoffs increase with the personnel. (CS)

10:45 The Force (Hip-Hop Group/Collective)
With more than twenty members, the power behind the hip-hop collective the Force is its vast wealth of St. Louis musical talent. Including such luminous names as Finsta, Nato Caliph, Tef Poe, Indiana Rome, Rockwell Knuckles and Family Affair, whenever the Force gets together, great hip-hop rules the stage. In the words of one of the group's spokesmen, Nato Caliph, "Commitment. That is the one word that can be used to describe our collective. Our goal is that when you hear the Force, you are instantly transported to a vision of the way things should be. Not only in music, art, fashion, promotion and talent, but most important, in support. We move in a manner which allows for us to be individuals while still being a greater whole. This is what we strive for; this is the Force, and here, everybody wins." TD

Midnight Sleepy Kitty (Indie Rock)
Where would we be without chemistry? Stuck in the primordial ooze, that's where — or worse, in the black nothing out of which something, once upon a big bang, exploded. Sleepy Kitty, the duo of Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult, gets chemistry; the sound that bursts from its drums, guitar and Brubeck's impassioned vocals, sometimes further catalyzed with looping effects and keyboards, has the force of an elemental reaction. Sleepy Kitty's noisy pop and noisier blues fuse with a cool and unpretentious style until the wildness of punk and post-punk becomes artful and tuneful and free as rock & roll should be. RK

1:15 Fresh Heir (Soul/Funk)
In this fragmented modern world of music, few bands have a broad appeal to the masses. Yet local octet Fresh Heir brings a deep appreciation for a soulful past and mixes a large dose of present-day pop and rock to achieve this distinction. Beat-setter Nick Savage plays the role of dynamic frontman from behind the drums. Savage succeeds by allowing guitarist Pete Lombardo, keyboard player Ryan Marquez and Desmond Alexander's trumpet to add their electrifying elements to the rock/pop/soul mashup while the ensemble sprinkles in dashes of jazz and hip-hop to top everything off. With as much groove and ass-shaking power as this group has, it's hard to fathom that there's no bass player. But after dancing yourself into a sweaty frenzy, you won't care. Scott Allen

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