10 P.M. Fumer

Nominated for: Best Hard Rock

St. Louis might as well be built on an ancient burial ground for grunge-rock gods of ages past. Fumer worships at the altar with crippling volume, choosing to gut showgoers with warbling bass. The drummer plays his kick with a lead foot, leading each song with colossal heft. While Fumer teeters on the edge of rock and metal, the band rarely ventures far into the latter, with most songs sitting in half-time — a comfortable 90 or so BPM, the perfect tempo for a full-body head-bang. — Joseph Hess

Outdoor Stage

2 P.M. Cree Rider Family Band

Nominated for: Best Country

Consider Cree Rider this city's preeminent practitioner of modular folk. Rider works well in any setting he chooses — as a solo act; accompanied by his fiancée, Cheryl Wheeler; as a member of the trio ARR!; or fully formed with his Family Band. It's to Rider's credit that his voice, gentle and rooted, is convincing and compelling regardless of who plays alongside him. Both on album and in concert, Rider and Wheeler are joined by some of St. Louis' most apt and empathetic players, including Dave Grelle, Bryan Ranney, Andy Coco and Jordan Heimberger. But on last year's One Night Stand, Rider takes center stage, singing story songs with wit and empathy. — Christian Schaeffer

3 P.M. The People's Key

Nominated for: Best Jazz

As the band's egalitarian-sounding name suggests, the People's Key is in the business of bringing jazz to the masses by building a repertoire of — as the band's own bio calls them — "new standards." Using songs by artists such as the Beach Boys, Radiohead, Queen and Michael Jackson as vehicles for improvisation, the People's Key continues the jazz tradition of fusing contemporary popular music with high-level musicianship and improvisational wit, putting on a show that appeals to music nerds and casual listeners alike. — Nick Horn

4 P.M. The Educated Guess

Nominated for: Best Indie Pop

The filter between Charlie Brumley's brain and his piano-playing, arrangement-writing hands is mercifully brief. In the past year alone, he's birthed the ambitious, genre-blurring rock opera Chrono Man, played keys alongside such disparate acts as Volcanoes and Via Dove, and led a stage full of musicians in tribute to Marvin Gaye. But the home base for Brumley's ideas resides in the ambitious, Americana-pop leaning Educated Guess, which has been a going concern for some time now. With the band, he can play tight, tuneful rock songs and allow them to stretch out with the aid of horns, strings and a trio of female vocalists. — Christian Schaeffer

5 P.M. Scarlet Tanager

Nominated for: Best Indie Pop

The self-proclaimed "Most Adorable Indie-Pop Band in St. Louis" has already toyed with taking itself to the next level (i.e. MTV series song placement, viral YouTube videos), but 2014 may turn out to be its biggest year yet. With the impending release of its second full-length, Let's Love, to be released on June 20, fans may as well cancel their Paxil and Zoloft prescriptions and let the band's artfully crafted, feel-good pop tunes do the work. But as strong as its songs are, it's the band's joyous live show that truly sets it apart. When you go to a concert and the folks onstage are having just as much fun as everyone else in the room, you know you're at the right show. — Michael Dauphin

6 P.M. The Night Grinder

Nominated for: Best Noise

Noise tends to be the garbage bin where music that is too hard to define piles up. The Night Grinder's treasure is another man's trash, and sole member Brad Schumacher picks up the pieces. By forcing chopped beats through a twisted funnel of white noise, Schumacher builds a bed for smooth bass lines to lay. Arguments play out onstage between feedback and subtle tones while the audience stands by, either confused or involved. In the Night Grinder's music, faux kraut rock meets Japanese electronica to form some axis power of danceable concrete.

— Joseph Hess

7 P.M. Middle Class Fashion

Nominated for: Best Pop

It's been a breakout year for Middle Class Fashion. With the August 2013 release of Jungle, this quartet took its place as one of the area's best bands. Lead singer/pianist Jenn Malzone, already an impressive songwriter, outdid herself, wrapping lyrical sentiments of loneliness and cynicism in increasingly streamlined, hook-laden compositions. MCF has done some touring, shot a few videos and had its song "Stuck" featured on the public-radio series This American Life. Most recently, the band contributed "Focus" to a split seven-inch single (with Sleepy Kitty) on Tower Groove Records. Malzone's most recent songs suggest further ambition and experimentation. Live, its shows are engaging and fun. — Mike Appelstein

The Ready Room

2 P.M. Kadu Flyer

Nominated for: Best Psych

A new band full of familiar faces, Kadu Flyer is a fine addition to St. Louis' psych scene. Many of its songs embrace the inherent silliness of the genre. "Light Bright Resolve" features the lyrics "We're outta outer space, man" along with an echo-laden chant of its title. But the band also boasts exquisite bent leads that sound perfect coming through fuzz and wah-wah pedals. These effects shape Flyer's skyward trajectory by adding welcome color to the driving riffs, and they should only get cooler now that Physics Punk Pedals head-honcho Gerald Good has joined the band. Maybe the repetitive builds showcased in early sets will someday return, but for now Kadu Flyer is grooving at the intersection of psychedelica and pop-rock. — Bob McMahon

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