3 P.M. Tone Rodent

Nominated for: Best Psych

Tone Rodent has been blessing St. Louis with its dark psych magic since the dawn of this millennium. Despite plenty of lineup turnover, the group has developed a consistent identity of a moody space-rock beast with predilections for harsh electronics and occasional driving tempos. Sometimes the band's roots as an ambient project peek through, but now these drones tend to set the table for heavy blasts of scorching guitar and chilly synths. Peppered atop these loud soundscapes are ethereal effects and Adam Watkins' disaffected voice. It all adds up to a menacing cyberpunk vibe. If androids could have bad acid trips, their hallucinations would sound like Tone Rodent. — Bob McMahon

4 P.M. Bug Chaser

Nominated for: Best Psych

Most psych bands sound like the only hallucinogens at hand are a handful of Dramamine and some leftover bong water. Bug Chaser's psychedelic trip recalls the earliest and noisiest approach of the Flaming Lips and probably a hundred underground bands nobody but its members are cool enough to know. The sound of its latest album, Sexual Forecast, is utter anarchy in the STL. The band careens between total guitar mayhem, melodic keyboard textures, riffage for the sake of riffage and any and all satanic majesty's requests. It's a trip you and your earplugs won't regret. — Roy Kasten

5 P.M. Tok

Nominated for: Best Hard Rock

Two decades into a career is an odd time for a band to be in its prime, but that's where Tok is. Part of this is explained by the fact that the group formed when brothers Bryan and Matt Basler were adolescents, but it's mostly because the two of them are now writing the best music of their lives. The duo's sound is the missing link between classic '70s punk and '90s grunge, with some epic guitar heroics thrown in (rapid-fire solos never sounded so smooth). But Tok's pop sensibilities would fit in any era because its members have honed their ability to make superb hooks flow naturally into each other. Simply put, Tok's take on rock just feels right. — Bob McMahon

6 P.M. Old Capital Square Dance Club

Nominated for: Best Country

There's more than a little bit of cheekiness to the moniker Old Capital Square Dance Club, a name that conjures the sonic version of a browned Wild West photo souvenir from Six Flags rather than a good ol' American rock band with traces of Tom Petty and the Stones. The group, spearheaded by singers/songwriters Jesse McClary and Zach Anderson, has recently justified the "Club" portion of Old Capital Square Dance Club by morphing into a collective of sorts — notably adding multi-instrumental virtuoso-in-the-making Zagk Gibbons, whose first name is not a typo. OCSDC shows range from acoustic songwriting showcases to seven-piece band jams. The fact that the band's songs work in such a variety of formats reinforces the strength and depth of McClary and Anderson's melodies and wordplay. — Ryan Wasoba

7 P.M. Capone

Nominated for: Best Cover/Tribute Band

So you've got a wedding this summer, and you forgot to book the band. No problem. St. Louis has no shortage of cover bands that can play all the wedding-party hits without offending the patriarch who paid for the gig or making the bridal party frown because the tuxes don't match. A bit of advice, though: Capone is probably not the cover band for you. The members of Capone don't just pay tribute to '80s hair metal — Guns N' Roses, Poison, Skid Row and Mötley Crüe for starters — they are '80s hair metal, down to the over-the-top stage shows complete with scarf-draped microphones and leather-clad strippers (or close enough to be strippers). The band really is the next best thing to being there — when "there" is the glory days of fist-thrusting, booty-twisting, guitar-strutting rock & roll. — Roy Kasten

8 P.M. Jack Grelle

Nominated for: Best Country

As long as St. Louis has had punk music, it's had musicians like Jack Grelle who have crossed the lines between punk and roots cultures and figured out how to make something new out of where they're coming from. Finding a home on the Big Muddy Records label, Grelle gives an outsider's edge to country music that fits right in with that label's Midwestern punk-blues ethos. He's a clever, natural storyteller with a voice that recalls gravelly John Prine, and with the Johnson Family Band behind him, he's getting better and better at the essence of hillbilly music — to make you dance, drink and leave your cares outside the honky-tonk door. — Roy Kasten

10 P.M. So Many Dynamos

(Headlining Show: $15 for admission, or $10 if purchased with a Showcase wristband)

So Many Dynamos has been performing in St. Louis for over a decade now. Once a part of Vagrant Records' lineup and now a free agent, the band's Flashlights and Loud Wars LPs are uniquely excellent St. Louis records — truly standouts among standouts. An indie-rock group combining aspects of electro-pop and dance-punk, the band's expanded lineup has guitarist/keyboardist Stephen Inman and percussionist Alison Arida joining guitarist/keyboardist Nathan Bernaix and founding members Aaron Stovall (keyboardist/guitarist) and Clayton "Norm" Kunstel (drummer). So Many Dynamos is currently sitting on a much-anticipated upcoming release, the Safe With Sound LP, which was recorded in summer of 2013. It will be the band's fourth full-length. — Daniel Hill

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