11 P.M. Pokey LaFarge

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

Pokey LaFarge is a bit of a legend around these parts (and beyond), playing sincere, passionate American roots music with a five-piece band at his side. A veteran STL musician who honed his craft releasing albums with St. Louis' venerable Big Muddy Records (well known as the home/family of Bob Reuter), LaFarge is now signed to Jack White's venerable Third Man label. He and his band have made performances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Jools Holland on New Year's Eve, on the soundtrack to HBO's Boardwalk Empire and more. — Daniel Hill Taha'a Twisted Tiki

7 P.M. DJ MAKossa

Nominated for: Best DJ

DJ MAKossa borrowed his name from a type of Cameroonian music that, to him, symbolizes his Afro-centric style. Armed with a record collection that numbers in the thousands, funkmaster MAKossa has been on the scene for more than a decade, and his sets specialize in funk (duh), soul, reggae and hip-hop. He's prominent on the DJ and dance scene — "Makossa" also means "dance" in Duala, one of Cameroon's native languages — and he's a founding member of several DJ nights including San Francisco's AFREAKA!, the West Coast-based Funky Rewind and St. Louis' very own Bump & Hustle. — Tara Mahadevan

8 P.M. 3 of 5

Nominated for: Best Electronic (Dance)

Andrew Garces is a geek. This isn't a slam, just a fact made inescapable when he performs songs about Mass Effect creatures while clad in a Star Trek uniform. This nerdy niche shapes Garces' work as 3 of 5 both lyrically and musically, as his tunes are programmed in Rhythm Core Alpha, an application for his 3DS. So Garces' four-on-the-floor bass-drum hits, bubbly sixteenth-note synth runs and bouncy counter melodies come in the form of the bleeps and buzzes associated with video-game music. Thankfully, there's a depth behind all the nerd posturing, for the sci-fi trappings are often a vehicle for universal themes like friendship and accepting oneself. Or, as Garces sings, "But inside all this circuitry there beats an honest heart." — Bob McMahon

9 P.M. it!

Nominated for: Best Electronic (Dance)

The electronic-dance duo it! works hard to earn the exclamation point in its title. Joel Kern (guitar, drums and vocals) and Andrew Bohler (drums and vocals) make party music for a generation that takes the through-being-cool message of LCD Soundsystem as a birthright and treats dancefloor hedonism as a religion. You won't find deep meaning or particularly ambitious production on the handful of digital singles that it! has deployed in the past few years (though last year's "Satell(it!)e" gets in on some millennial paranoia). Instead, it! would rather you just dance and drink and screw — because there's nothing else to do. — Christian Schaeffer

10 P.M. 18andCounting

Nominated for: Best DJ

18andCounting, a.k.a. Stan Chisholm, is a multifaceted mastermind tearing around St. Louis' art scene with radioactive energy. Recently, he has treated Cherokee's Blank Space to his healthy collection of wax — every second Thursday of the month he participates in Lord Have Merzy, a monthly event bringing Chisholm and his contemporaries together to host a series of sets crafted for all who love to dance from St. Louis and beyond. Chisholm can also be spotted at the Royale about three crates deep, with sets that span everything from English psych-rock to rap samples texturized with crackling instrumental overdub. — Blair Stiles

11 P.M. Golden Curls

Nominated for: Best Electronic (Eclectic)

Golden Curls marks the second collaboration between singer/keyboardist Sarah Downen and guitarist/keyboardist Noah Blackwell. Their prior project was Robert Ritter's twinkling Bear (the Ghost). Through a series of Wi-Fi connections, the duo constructs gossamerlike ambiance that slips in and out of lucid consciousness. Glockenspiels, an organ and Downen's palpable exhalations give Golden Curls a glitter-coated sheen that shimmers within its diaphanous textures. Here, everything feels warm, almost sun-soaked, in the disorienting effect of Golden Curls' balmy reverb. Like the gauzy slow burn of summer, Golden Curls' Warm Fiction EP unwinds as percussion and waning analog synthesizers caramelize under Downen's vocals. — Blair Stiles

Urban Chestnut Grove Brewery & Bierhall

3 P.M. Googolplexia

Nominated for: Best Singer/Songwriter

Part clever pop musician, part standup comedian and part performance artist, Robert Severson juggles as many roles as he does instruments when performing as Googolplexia. And oh, does he juggle instruments! One song may be accordion-fueled French pop, the next a ukulele-driven rocker and the third a funky number made of nothing but stomps, claps and Severson's expressive voice. Good luck trying to ignore him as he saunters through the crowd, belting with impressive vocal range through his signature headset. All of these disparate styles are filtered through Severson's infectiously silly lyrical sensibilities, delivered with utter conviction — and those ditties about Mayor McCheese, paladins and dating zombies will get stuck in your head. — Bob McMahon

4 P.M. Letter to Memphis

Nominated for: Best Folk

For guitarist Gene Starks and vocalist/ukelelist Devon Cahill, Letters to Memphis began as a reason to learn and play the works of some of their favorite songwriters, including Jenny Lewis, M. Ward, Jeff Mangum and Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell. When the duo started writing its own songs, they were in a traditional style, with elements of folk, country and blues. Now augmented by a full band and a steadily growing cache of fine original material, Letters to Memphis has become a fixture in the city's live music community. Songs like "The Oleatha Shuffle" (about the street where Cahill and Starks live) and "Rest Your Head" are whimsical, even playful in nature. However, it's the smokier, slower material, like "Time" and "Your Eyes and Mine," that really suggest great things to come in the near future. — Mike Appelstein

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