Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Nerdcore Show at White Swan Live

This past Sunday, I attended a nerdcore concert at White Swan Live with a fellow nerd and music aficionado.(You can read her review of the show here) The line-up included a whose who of the nerdcore scene. MC Router, Ytcracker, MC Lars and the godfather of nerdcore himself, MC Frontalot. I have been listening to the genre for the past couple of years, so I was thrilled to finally see a show that would be the embodiment of awesomeness and nerdiness.

MC Router, a last minute addition to the line-up, kicked off the night with her raspy, Punky Brewster-isque voice. She spat some of her classic tunes which included "Emulation Station" and "Bill Gate's Revolution." She was followed by Ytcracker who ripped the staged with his west coast rap style and off-the-chain beats. He riled up the crowd even more and I immediately knew we were in for a treat and a night that would unfold into a slew of chip tune beats and as MC Lars says in one of his songs, "science on 16 bars."

Then the godfather himself, the one and only, MC Frontalot graced the stage. He performed his music with his band. If you have never seen Front live then you're in for a big surprise. He commands the stage with his arms in epileptic dance and his "multisyllabic" verses. He sang from his newest album, "Final Boss."

Last but definitely not least, MC Lars came on which I had to admit I was waiting for a great deal. Unlike his fellow nerdcorers, Lars had a multi-media setup, which included a projector that showed images of Brooklyn to Super Mario Bros. Each artist brought a different energy to the stage but Lars had a more upbeat vibe. He sang all his classics including "Spacegame," "21 Concepts," "Hipster Girl," and my favorite, "Mr. Raven," a song about Edgar Allen Poe. I like Lars because he's also a poet and loves literature. It also didn't hurt that he gave me a shout out during his set. Before, he started singing "Mr. Raven," he told the audience to give a round of applause to the amplified bard (that's me), "an awesome poet friend of his." It was the first time we met in person, so this genuine gesture of his appreciation for my attendance didn't go unnoticed. I am truly honored to call him a friend.

The show ended the only way it could. . .awesome. In an impromptu sing-along session, everyone gathered around an out of tune piano to sing the last two songs of the night, "I Hate Your Blog" and the anthem, "Nerdcore Rising."

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