VCONCERT 2014 Game Music Line-Up to Stream Live on Twitch

Composers of Silent Hill, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Minecraft, Hotline Miami, Far Cry 3, and more to take to the stage in Mexico on November 8, 2014

Press Release below:

Monterrey, Mexico - November 5, 2014 - Mariachi Games is proud to announce that the entireVCONCERT 2014 line-up will be streamed live on Twitch for game music fans around the globe to take part in the festivities. There's approximately ten hours of performances planned, and this is the first time that the event will be streamed online. The third annual VCONCERT event will take place in Monterrey, Mexico at the Escena Hall on November 8, 2014, and can be streamed live starting at 4:00pm CST:

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VCONCERT 2014 on Twitch

The complete line-up of acclaimed composers and performers are as follows:

Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill, Lollipop Chainsaw)
Michiru Yamane (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Skullgirls)
The Megas (Megaman tribute band)
C418 (Minecraft)
El Huervo (Hotline Miami)
M.O.O.N. (Hotline Miami)
Power Glove (Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon)
Brian Cubría: Chip Damage (Nintendo jazz band)
Mortal Konga (Videogame cumbia)

VCONCERT is the definitive game music event in Mexico, with past performers including Disasterpeace (FEZ), Baiyon (PixelJunk Eden), and The OneUps for its inaugural event in 2012, and Jim Guthrie (Superbrothers: Swords & Sworcery EP) and Jake "virt" Kaufman (Shovel Knight) in 2013 along with others who are returning the 2014 event.

"VCONCERT got its start after our friend, Akira Yamaoka, visited Mexico for a special show where he performed with a mariachi band," reflects Mariachi Games Creative Director Mariano Latapi di Carlo. "This experience got us thinking about doing a proper show with Akira, and VCONCERT was born. It's been a difficult ride financially, but our passion for games and game music has seen us through to our third annual concert, and we couldn't be more happy to know that fans who can't join us here in Mexico will also get to enjoy the show via the Twitch stream."

In addition to ten hours of live musical performances, those who attend the event in Monterrey, Mexico, will also be able to enjoy an art exhibit celebrating 25 years of the Game Boy with 25 different hand-painted Game Boy units that pay homage to 25 different Game Boy titles, retro game shops, a vendor space, and a PlayStation demo area with titles including Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, Minecraft(Vita), Little Big Planet 3, Driveclub, The Last of Us Remastered, Infamous: First Light, and Hohokum.

Purchase tickets and learn more about the event and the performers on the official VCONCERT 2014 website:

VCONCERT 2014 Official Website 

Learn more about VCONCERT: http://www.vconcert.mx/
Connect with VCONCERT on Twitter: https://twitter.com/VCONMX

Bit Gen Gamer Fest announced for August 14, 2010

Looks like those rowdy VG rockers over on the east coast are at it again. And it appears that the sequel to the 8,16,32, and 64-Bit Genocides are announced and bigger than ever. The folks have done away with such trivialities as amounts of bits, announcing Bit Gen Gamer Fest!

The folks behind the show have already announced a whopping ten bands who will be throwing down this year. Folks coming out to this epic event will be hearing from Armadillo Tank, Rare Candy, The X-Hunters, The Ultraball, This Place Is Haunted, The OneUps, Year 200X, The Megas, Entertainment System, and Powerglove. If that isn't enough, we also have word that Youtube sensation BrentalFloss will be MCing the entire event.

This is all happening August 14th in Baltimore, MD. You can check out more of the event at their official site bitgengamerfest.com or via their Facebook and Myspace pages.

MAGFest VI

It's happening right now! If you are anywhere near Alexandria, VA then why are you not there RIGHT NOW? GO, DO IT!

Who's playing? Advantage, Armcannon, Planet Skill (Wave Theory), Powerglove, Select Start, Smash Brothers, Shawn Phase/Temp Sound Solutions, and This Place Is Haunted.

Return of the VGM Megacast

After a two month break the VGM Megacast returns to bring you once again only the most awesome video game cover music. This show's featured artist is Entertainment System but Tim and Tony also spin tracks from Metroid Metal, The Kode Secret, Vomitron, Shawn Phase and Alex Mauer, This Place Is Haunted, MegaDriver and Powerglove!

Check out the website over at www.vgmmegacast.com or subscribe to the feed - feeds.feedburner.com/vgmmegacast

Interview with Powerglove

Our current Band of the Month for March 2007, Powerglove, were kind enough to answer a few questions we sent their way. Read up and learn the burning truths behind these metal rockers. Names: Chris Marchiel Alex Berkson Nick Avila Bassil Silver-Hajo

How old are you?: 20-22

How long have you been performing music under this name? Two years.

How long have you been performing music in general? Far too long. Since we all were 13 or so.

Is this your first band? what former bands were you in and what music did they play? We were all in a melodic death metal band several years ago, called Revengeance. The line-up was always changing, and Chris was actually in it 3 separate times. Aside from that, we've been in dozens of bands collectively. However, we weren't nearly cool enough to play death metal (you have to be cool to play death metal?), so we switched to video game music.

Where did you get the idea for your band name? Our old guitarist, Ben Durgin, thought of it. He didn't last with the band, but the name stuck.

Where do you currently reside? 3 of live together in Boston, and Nick basically sleeps in the hallway. We essentially have a ridiculously sad bachelor pad, with a 150 inch projection screen and take out boxes for a carpet.

What was the first video game console you ever owned? what memories do you have with it? Chris: My brother got NES for christmas when i was 5. To this day I don't think he ever got the controoler out of my hands.

Nick: I actually never had a system until I got older, so I was subjected to watching my neighbor play Chrono Trigger all day, only getting the controller when he left to take a shit.

Alex: Hand-me-down Atari.

What is your favorite console? Why? We thought we'd arguing over this one, but we all said Super Nintendo. So many great games, coming out at just the right time in our lives. Atari Jaguar is obviously second.

What is your favorite video game soundtrack? Why? Alex: Guilty Gear. What's better than that?

Nick: No way. It's FFVII.

Chris: I'd say FFIV and FFVI. IV is more consistent, VI has some great tracks. Bassil really likes the Neverhood music.

What is your favorite band/artist? Why? Chris: Malice Mizer, and only Malice Mizer.

Alex: Arch Enemy, Kamelot, Dimmu Borgir as my top three.

Chris: Good choices.

Nick: Opeth. Opeth. Opeth.

Chris: Also good.

What is your favorite video game? Why? Alex: Warcraft III.

Nick: Ghostbusters for NES, second to that, Chrono Trigger.

Chris: Nah, fuck that. Spiritual Warfare by Wisdom Tree. Seriously, Secret of Mana.

Everyone but Nick: Smash Bros.

Nick: I hate you guys.

Do you still play a lot of video games? which ones have you been playing most lately? Yeah, we all do. We can't beat Vergil in Devil May Cry III, if we don't beat him tomorrow, we're done for life.

What type of music besides video game music has influenced you most? Metal.

When did you first start making video game related music? Alex started recording some guitar themes a few years ago, then we all slowly started abandoning the thought of playing real music when we realized how fun this was. Most of us wanted to do this for a while while growing up, like so many other people. It's amazing how many bands were spawned from the NES.

What instruments and electronics do you use to make your music? Traditional metal group, two guitars, bass, and drums. We use lots of keyboards and orchestral stuff in recordings and live as well. We tried to find a vocalist, but never found the right voice, so here we are.

Any advice to other people trying to make it in this genre of music? Since there are a million bands doing this now, you have to have a gimmick on top of a gimmick to differentiate yourself. So try to be a little original even in the context of the video game music scene. Like any genre of music, to really have to stand out to be remembered. Being "The Video Game Band" just doesn't work anymore.

I would like to thank Powerglove for taking out time for this interview. Remember to check them out at vgmetal.com or their official myspace at myspace.com/vgmetal.

March's Band of the Month!


In support of their album coming out next month, we make PowerGlove our Band of the Month!

PowerGlove combines the classic melodies of video games with the face melting aspects of metal! There's nothing like being able to rock out to some of your all time favorite classics! Check out our Band of the Month section to read a little more about them.

Visit the band's myspace for a look at some of their songs at myspace.com/vgmetal, and be sure to check out their upcoming CD, Metal Kombat for the Mortal Man, coming out April.

GM4A congratulates you, PowerGlove, on your music and your up coming full length album! Who knows, maybe we'll be rocking out to your music on the next installment of Guitar Hero!

Powerglove - Metal Kombat for the Mortal Man


Video game metal band Powerglove has recently announced the final tracks for their upcoming album Metal Kombat for the Mortal Man. The album has a tentative release date of April and tracks are as follows...

NOTE: Powerglove states "This is in no particular order, and we'll probably think of some cooler titles"
Mario Minor (SMB, SMB World)
Metal Kombat for the Mortal Man (Metal Man MM2, Mortal Kombat)
Red Wings Over Baron (FFIV Medley)
Blast Hornet (MMX3)
SuperSonic (Sonic 2)
Power, Wisdom, Courage (Zelda Medley)
Holy Orders: Be Quick and Just Shred (Guilty Gear)
Tears of Blood (Castlevania)
FF7 Boss Theme
The Duck Grinder (Duck Hunt)
Killer Instinct

Also check out Powerglove's myspace page.