West Coast Wigout 2 only 1 week away!

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Yup, one week away from a huge all star night of video game inspired music. So for those who are not up to speed or need some more info, or persuading to come on out, here is the rundown. June 15th at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA there is going to be an epic night of video game rock, jazz, hip hop, and chiptunes! We call it West Coast Wigout 2!

It's a full night dedicated to some of the best in video game inspired music!

Full info about the concert through here.

Who's playing? Check out this list!

A_Rival (San Francisco, CA) – rivalrivalrival.bandcamp.com

The Megas (Los Angeles, CA) – themegas.com

Random AKA Mega Ran W/ K-Murdock (Phoenix, AZ) – megaran.com

WizWars (Los Angeles, CA) – myspace.com/wizwars

EvilWezil (Los Angeles, CA) – myspace.com/evilwezil

Tanuki Suit Riot (Los Angeles, CA) – tanukisuitriot.com

Quarter Circle Jab (Fresno, CA) - myspace.com/qtrcirclejab

You might recognize A_Rival better as OCReMix artist AE who remixed the classic SF2 title music as Clamato Fever in SF2THDR. Well guess what, he raps about video games too, and you better believe his raps are as epic as his remixes!

If you read GM4A then you already know who The Megas and Random AKA Mega Ran are. If you don't know though, I think their names give enough of a hint at what they are all about. The Megas tell a tale of a man, a mega man, in rock n roll fashion. While Mega Ran on the other hand raps from multiple perspectives and about every gaming topic under the sun and then some!

EvilWezil and Wizwars are two amazing chiptune artists who perform not with a guitar, or vocals, but armed only with their respective Gameboys to rock things chiptune style.

Finally the last block of awesomeness is the amazing VG jazz group Tanuki Suit Riot who jams out to everything from Zelda, to Mega Man X, to F-Zero. Last but not least is Quarter Circle Jab, who have been around for years but are gaining much more notoriety thanks to their debut release kickbutt.exe (free download). Yup, that album includes some more great SF2 music, as well as other great games like Final Fantasy and Earthbound.

So this will definitely be some night to remember!

Once again more info through this link.

Quarter Circle Jab - Kickbutt.exe album release and mini review


Fresno, California based rock group Quarter Circle Jab have released a megaton 37 track album! Okay calm down, maybe not really 37 tracks. The free to download, endlessly anticipated, and awesomely titled Kickbutt.exe is actually 7 amazing medleys broken down into different sections.

The 52 minute album kicks off hard with some Street Fighter II. First the title theme, then we get some character select and finally into Ken's theme. The sound effects from the game are also added in accurate key places to add that extra tinge of nostalgia whilst rocking out. Sadly Ken suffers a crushing defeat it seems and we end up at the jazzy RPG shores of the Soul Blazer medley. With plenty of keyboard along with crashing drums and guitars to keep you rocking out as you take on dungeons full of monsters. After Light Shrine brings Soul Blazer to a close we take a step further into the past for Zelda 2! Sound effects are used brilliantly here again to shift between pieces of this hulking medley which busts straight into some Zelda: Link to the Past at the end with a metal rendition of the Hyrule Castle theme.

Once Zelda hits the dust we switch allegiance to that other 16 bit console with some fantastic jazzy upbeat Sonic 2 tunes. This fast paced romp takes us through Casino Night, Mystic Cave, the Special Stage, and finally Chemical Plant which ends the medley on a much more metal note than the piece kicked off on, and shifts from genre to genre very smoothly. Now QCJ hits us with their biggest medley of the album, an intense romp through the many worlds of Final Fantasy. Starting off with a soaring rendition of FF4, which breaks into ominous tones of FF6. We aren't even half way done though as we enter the hard rocking Lava Dome of Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, which segues into the bulk of the piece, which is dedicated to some of the overlooked gems of the FF7 soundtrack, with Oppressed People and Cait Sith's Theme making taking a slow very circus like jazz tone until QCJ pulls out all the stops on Still More Fighting. The medley finally comes to a close with the organ fronted fanfare of the FF6 victory theme.

We round out the album with more RPGs, first off the almost Pink Floyd-esque stylings of Lagoon, which take us into some broad sonic territory which builds up to the epic final battle music. This crash lands us in QCJ's Earthbound medley and closing piece of work on the album. with crazy synths, rocking guitars and jazzy tones spaced throughout the song is a fantastic closer and Coffee Break brings the entire album to a close very well.

I have heard of this band many years ago upon my entrance into the VGrock scene back when this site started, and I am glad they have finally released the fantastic album I and many others have been waiting so long for! Remember to download the album via Concatenation Records, and even though the album is free, definitely take the time to leave a little tip in their paypal link.

This Friday, San Diego

If you are on earth this weekend, and more specifically at Comic-Con International in San Diego, there are not one, but TWO shows Friday in San Diego. Both epic, Both definitely worth your time and support!

Observe the awesome flyers below and click through them for full information!


New Band of the Month, Castlevania: PoR pre-order bonus update, West Coast Video Armageddon, Push Start shirts

New Band of the Month today, yes, you heard right. I have decided to push this feature from weekly to monthly so that each band can get more exposure and I can be able to update it on time. Anyway, the band of the month for November is good and loyal folks Push Start.
Quick update on the Castlevania pre-orders. Now the pre-order is a nice exclusive bundle which both EB/Gamestop as well as Gamecrazy are giving away. This pack now includes the game (of course), the aforementioned soundtrack, extendable stylus, game case, and double-sided poster. so if you were on the fence before, this may tip the scale towards a purchase.

After two amazing, and highly successful Video Armageddon shows on the east coast, that magic is coming over to the west coast this December 15th. Bands that are playing are Push Start, The Mario Opera, Quarter-Circle Jab, The Megas, 8-Bit Weapon, and ComputeHer. The concert is being held at CIA in Hollywood, Ca. more details as the date approaches.
There just seems to be no end to Push Start related news. This time it’s about new Push Start T-shirts (observe below). These fine shirts are $12 with $3 S&H, which comes to a reasonable 15 bucks. Though some people don’t have 15 bucks to spend since they are saving up for certain video game systems (that’s a free swag request Leo!)

PS - Sorry about the recent lack of updates, school is a force to be reckoned with, but with midterms over I can finally get back to what’s really important, getting that VG music news to the people! Oh yeah, and check out the forums!