7 p.m. The Jeremiah Johnson Band
Nominated in Blues
With a deep Southern twang and a fully electrified sound, the Jeremiah Johnson Band could have been major country-blues-rock stars in an age when the Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ Top still roamed the earth at full chart-topping power. And who knows? Johnson and company may yet become national stars. "Southern Drawl," with its Marshall Tucker Band flutes and nods to simple pleasures like baseball and fishing, is an irresistible single, as catchy (and twice as tough) as anything you'll hear on country radio today.—Roy Kasten

8 p.m. The Bottoms Up Blues Gang
Nominated in Blues
You don't have to sew a patch onto your leather jacket or undergo rigorous hazing to join the Bottoms Up Blues Gang. Simply live in St. Louis, play an instrument and speak prewar blues like a second language; you will be riding alongside ganglords Kari Liston and Jeremy Segel-Moss in no time. The band's open-door policy and revolving-door membership works because a plethora of like-minded local musicians (including expert harmonica-slinger Adam Andrews) are beyond comfortable riffing on the duo's songbook. The Gang's tunes could pass as age-worn classics, especially when coming from the pipes of Liston, a charismatic frontwoman with the voice of an angel, expelled from heaven for debauchery.—Ryan Wasoba

9 p.m. Troubadour Dali
Nominated in Psych
Psych-rock revivals come and go, and it would be a mistake to view Troubadour Dali as merely bandwagon chasers. The bandmates have the instrumental chops and the songwriting skills to hold their own with the Black Angels and the Tame Impalas of the world while still cultivating a unique sense of progressive-rock identity. The band has ventured outside St. Louis for wide-ranging tours, and though its members have managed to channel their loud, dense sound in the studio, Troubadour Dali is best experienced onstage, earplugs firmly canaled. This ain't known as one of the heaviest live bands in town for nothing. —Roy Kasten

10 p.m. Bear Hive
Nominated in Indie Rock
"Best new band." "Band to watch." Bear Hive has rightfully earned some major accolades over the past couple of years, but we can't help but consider the trio our little secret, in the best way possible. There's a magical quality to the way Chris Phillips, Joel Burton and Nate Heininger perform together — a feeling of "Damn, they're good! And they're MINE!" — that we just don't want to let go of, no matter how big they get or how many music experts notice them. These multi-instrumentalists fill albums and rooms with sonic sighs, expressive lyrics and foot-stomping riffs, echoing dreamy Death Cab for Cutie or a more earnest MGMT. Bear Hive is the band to hold in your heart now, because by next year the secret may be out, and it'll be too late. —Allison Babka

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4 p.m. Acorns to Oaks
Nominated in New Band
The twisted mind of Chris Ward, which already brought us St. Louis' funniest Twitter of the year, is the same brain behind the strange folk/synth hybrid Acorns to Oaks. Sitting behind and stomping on a tiny bass drum while practically bursting out of his skin with his singing and guitar strumming, Ward is a sight to behold in concert. His absurdist, impassioned comedic voice shines through on songs like "Every Day Gets a Little Bit Worse" and his ballad about Patrick Swayze, but a heartbreakingly sincere song about a dog and death proves that this is not a joke band. Ward's lyrical idiosyncrasies and Win Butler-esque yelp will be matched one last time at the RFT Music Showcase by Kate Peterson's operatic voice and arsenal of instruments (keyboards, accordions and theremins, oh my!), and Matt Champion's impressive vocals are not to be discounted. —Bob McMahon

6 p.m. Sleepy Kitty
Nominated in Indie Rock
Not enough can be said about how much Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult (collectively, Sleepy Kitty) bring to the St. Louis music-and-arts scene. As if the duo's beautiful handprinted concert posters and overall enthusiasm for St. Louis culture weren't enough, we get music too! What starts as a standard, stripped-down pop song often gets deconstructed and reconstructed though layers of reverb, loops and shifting beats. Brubeck and Sult have a knack for collaging different elements of indie, pop and rock in a manner that tips a hat to the past while forging ahead down a creative path that's entirely their own. —Michael Dauphin

8 p.m. Aquitaine
Nominated in Indie Rock
When Aquitaine rechristened itself after a stint as Supermoon (and then, briefly, Super Maroon), the band made its intentions as Union Jack-waving Anglophiles known at An Under Cover Weekend by covering Oasis. If that was your first exposure to this ensemble of scene vets, you got a taste of the guitar-heavy, melodically driven songs on the band's debut EP, American Pulverizer, Part 1. You could play "spot the influence" with certain songs — Joy Division, the Bunnymen, the Jam — but you'd do well to remember that Aquitaine uses its influences as a jumping-off point, as singer and bassist Will Hildebrandt has the voice, charisma and cocksuredness required to sell this material.—Christian Schaeffer

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