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Organizers of the Nines wanted a musical lineup to reflect their intended demographic, which is to say they wanted it to be broad. Mission: accomplished. From indie-rock to hip-hop, here are five acts not to miss on Saturday. (Full schedule is at www.theninesfestival.com.)
James Reed

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY Beloved for their anthemic and largely instrumental approach to indie rock, these Texas musicians threw something of a curveball earlier this week. They scored the soundtrack to the new film “Prince Avalanche,” and the songs are ponderous and quiet but just as gorgeous as the band’s finest moments. 9:45-11 p.m., 9 O’Diamonds Stage

DELTA SPIRIT More so than their records let on, these California-bred indie rockers go for the jugular in concert; frontman Matt Vasquez, in particular, is a hurricane. Signed to Burlington-based Rounder Records, the group released its self-titled third album last year.
6-7 p.m., 9 O’Diamonds Stage


K.FLAY Her career as a rapper started as a fluke in college, with the idea that she could write a more nuanced rap song than what was popular at the time. Since then, K.Flay has amassed a devoted following, which is sure to expand with the release this week of a new EP, “What If It Is.” 5:15-6 p.m., Lucky Cat Stage

SHUGGIE OTIS He was still a teen when his debut, “Here Comes Shuggie Otis,” came out in 1970 and established him as a promising new guitarist in R&B and blues. He’s on a world tour behind a new reissue of his 1974 cult classic, “Inspiration Information,” which now includes bonus tracks and an album of previously unreleased
material. 2:30-3:30 p.m., 9 O’Diamonds Stage

WALTER SICKERT & THE ARMY OF BROKEN TOYS One of two local bands on the bill — the other being the irresistible power-pop outfit Air Traffic Controller — this ragtag ensemble makes music that’s the sonic equivalent of strolling through a funhouse. Nothing is what it appears to be, as the songs skirt the fringes of chamber rock and cabaret. 1-1:45 p.m., 9 O’Diamonds Stage