Earlier this year, MacMillan was on tour with the Snails (which features members of Future Islands and Lower Dens) and fell in love with the opening act, The Lollipops from Raleigh, N.C. "Every night there was an unbelievable amount of energy," MacMillan said. "It reminded me of that Baltimore attitude — leave it all out there."

Opale

7:15 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Crown

Underhill's pick of the weekend is the European duo of Sophia Hamadi and Rocio Ortiz, better known as Opale. "It's just very forward-thinking French electro-dream pop, for lack of a better way to describe it," Underhill said. "They have a good ear for tone and melody."

Wendel Patrick

7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. at the Windup Space

As a classically trained pianist and teacher, he's Kevin Gift. But under the pseudonym Wendel Patrick, he puts elements of hip-hop, jazz, electronic music and more in a blender. The sophisticated, challenging results paint Patrick as an artist hard to pin down and impossible to ignore.

• SUNDAY NIGHT

Roomrunner

11 p.m.-midnight at the Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave.

Led by former Double Dagger drummer Denny Bowen, the no-frills rock quartet released what is arguably the city's best album with May's "Ideal Cities." Expect amps turned up loud and any predictable Nirvana jokes to be laughed off by the band.

Horse Lords

Midnight-1:30 a.m. at the Crown

If you've been to a few DIY shows around town in the past year, chances are you've seen this intricate instrumental quartet. Expect a more expansive set from the band, according to organizers, who asked the group to do something different for the festival. For example, there will be solo and duet sets within the band's 90 minutes on stage.

If you go

Scapescape '13 takes place Thursday (theater performances only) through Sunday at various Station North locations. A four-day ticket is $20, while single-day tickets are $10. Go to missiontix.com for tickets and scapescape.wordpress.com for further information.