9 P.M. Heavy Horse

Nominated for: Best Emo/Post-Hardcore

Heavy Horse is heavy indeed; the trio takes the raw-throated vitriol of hardcore and channels it through the structure-blurring methods of post-rock. The songs on 2013's A Dialogue Between Us can be slinky and sludgy ("Never Forgotten, Always Changed") or take the form of a pneumatic squall ("Tomahawk"). Members Jordan Lake (guitar), Seth Rodgers (bass) and Dominick Valli (drums) share vocal duty, and when their voices (and instruments) combine, the full weight of this project is felt viscerally. With a new record due out soon, Heavy Horse intends to keep making music that is as hard and heavy as it is nimble and spry. — Christian Schaeffer

10 P.M. Search Parties

Nominated for: Best New Band

Elliott Pearson and Alex Petrone first landed on the scene in 2010 with their band Great Outdoors. That Best New Band nominee shed its leaves and left Pearson and Petrone to rake up the mess, bagging up what they could salvage to form Search Parties. Pearson rendered his wilted emotions unto Search Parties, and the music was weighed out on a grander scale. Search Parties' aural heft belies its indie-rock tagline. Pearson calls out with an arid vocal tone, which can turn perceptively humid in the blink of a verse. Dylan Doughty inputs staccato key arrangements that strike through the veil of Pearson's elastic range. Danny Newgent's guitar tones manifest heady textures and coat the band in a drowsy haze of reverb. Petrone once again takes to a drum kit to coordinate fastidious rhythmic arrangements that keep pace with Chris Garner's bass and the band's live violinist, Gina Eygenhuysen. The final product is at once familiar and fresh, foreshadowing good things for the young group. — Blair Stiles

11 P.M. Bad Dates

Nominated for: Best Rock

The self-proclaimed "south city bad boys for love" that compose Bad Dates have been steamrolling through town with a tongue-in-cheek brand of dirty rock & roll for the past two years. If you are searching for some of the catchiest guitar solos in the city, then look no further, and with the recent addition of local drum veteran Bassamp, the band will only become more depraved and ear-wormy. Seize the opportunity to get whipped up in a frenzy as Bad Dates' fresh, hungry take on a classic sound coats the walls of a dive bar near you. — Jimmy Eberle

MIDNIGHT Bassamp & Dano

Nominated for: Best Punk

Say what you want about this group — composed of some of the goofiest, most fun-loving, beer-swilling punks in St. Louis — but don't you dare question its patriotism. This is the type of punk rock for anyone aching to get in a good round of hungover wiffleball or awkwardly make out in the back of a pickup truck. Over the past four years of shows and music videos and hilariously catchy punk-rock tunes, the band has proven time and time again that the only thing it takes seriously is an unrelenting love for America and everything that makes up a good barbecue. — Jimmy Eberle


2 P.M. Lamar Harris

Nominated for: Best Jazz

The most old-school of jazz purists probably wouldn't call the music of Lamar Harris "jazz." Luckily for those of us not so hung up on labels, the same eclecticism and innovative edge that may alienate traditionalists results in a distinctive, soulful blend of electronica, jazz, afrobeat and a laundry list of other styles. Despite the enormous range of influences he incorporates, the music of the immensely talented horn player — who also goes by the moniker DJ Nune (pronounced "noo-nee") when he's performing as a DJ — is always focused, purposeful and usually even danceable. If you dig what he has done so far, be on the lookout for The Shawn Carter Jazz Suite, a collaboration between Harris and fellow nominees the People's Key, to be released this summer. — Nick Horn

3 P.M. Stonechat

Nominated for: Best Indie Pop

Collinsville, Illinois, trio Stonechat hits many of the touchstones of the math-rock subgenre. Herky-jerk, interlocking riffs spiked with bouts of dissonance? Check. Unconventional time signatures? Check. Drums that sound like they've been shoved down a flight of stairs? Maybe, but the staircase would have to be built by an obsessive-compulsive master architect to match the controlled chaos of Charles Nehr's playing. Lyrics fit for a comic book? Check, complete with said comic book accompanying the band's new EP, BACCO. But how many math-rock groups feature a carnival organ? Newest member John Beabout's cartoonish instrument often stands in sharp sonic contrast to Sean Ballard's springy guitar, but his playing complements each spidery buildup and noisy breakdown perfectly, with the final result coalescing into smart songs that pack prog structures into pop run times. — Bob McMahon

4.P.M. Last to Show First to Go

Nominated for: Best Americana

Last to Show First to Go defies categorization. The band expertly shifts from folk to alt-country to rock during any concert, on any album and even during any song. It's a lot of ground to cover, but singer/guitarist Bredon Jones' lyrics about life's messes tie everything together. Under the layers of guitar, cello, percussion, harmonica and trumpet, Jones' words offer sadness, cautionary tales and doubt without being dreary. It's transcontinental, thoughtful road-trip stuff, and at its heart, it gets at what

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