MAGFest announces full band roster for MAGFest 9 this January

Recently, the biggest convention of VG music fans and musicians in America, MAGFest, has announced their highly anticipated list of performing acts for next year. There isn't much to add to this, so just look below in awe at all the incredible talent performing. Not only brand new never before seen at MAGFest bands, but also the standard amazing acts, as well as several who haven't performed since MAGFests long since passed. Check out the bands below, and then head over to magfest.org and grab your tickets now!

Featured Game Music Bands: The Protomen (http://www.protomen.com/) The Minibosses (http://www.minibosses.com/) The OneUps (http://www.theoneups.com/) Metroid Metal (http://metroidmetal.com/) Armcannon (http://armcannon.com/) Bit Brigade (http://www.bitbrigade.com/) The Megas (http://themegas.com/) Year 200X (http://year200xband.com/) X-Hunters (http://www.myspace.com/thexhunters) Entertainment System (http://www.myspace.com/entertainmentsystem) This Place Is Haunted (http://thisplaceishaunted.com/)

Not only will these acts be performing every night of this fest, but the floors will also be home to a cavalcade of video game composers and special guests. Check out the still growing line up over at this link! Rare Candy (http://www.rarecandyband.com/)

Minibosses 10 Year Anniversary - Live at the Yucca Tap Room album release

This year is a large celebration in the world of video game rock, not to mention a reminder of how old we all really are. This year marks the ten year anniversary of arguably the most well known group of Video Game Rockers in the world. This year The Minibosses turn ten years old. Earlier this year, the band commemorated this momentous occasion with an amazing show in their hometown at The Yucca Tap Room. Luckily for all those unable to attend, the folks from live.logicind.com were amazing enough to capture this historic show on tape and release it to the world as Minibosses Live at Yucca Tap Room.

This live collection has eight tracks, including classics like Mega Man 2, Contra, and Super Mario Bros 2. Not to mention some surprise tracks not from their Brass album, including GI Joe. This album includes the show in full as well, with no breaks, and all the witty between song banter. The folks over at logicind also worked hard to capture the high energy and fun of the show, which comes across very well in this recording. So be sure to head over to the download page. Afterwards, celebrate this ten year anniversary over at the appropriate Minibosses forum thread.

A whole bunch of concerts this weekend!

A ton of shows coming up this weekend, all of them awesome. Let's get right into it, and get all the details!

From the Minibosses boards we learn that the Minibosses are doing not one, but two free shows around Comic-Con in San Diego. Here's the details.

cover is free, doors should be at 9p or so.
it will be PACKED so show up early. we can't
get anyone in once chasers says it's packed.
if you went to sf or la or any show that's not
phoenix (hahahahah home cities rule when you
play there more than once a month), you know
to show up EARLY. i'm talking 9p at this one.
10p may be too late. this place is smaller than
the smell.




Also around Comic-Con is another show by the amazing band The Megas, here are the details for this free show!

July, 26 2008 at The Keating Hotel - Minus One Lounge
432 F St., San Diego, California 92101
Cost : Free

Head over and check us out after Comic-Con! This is a 21+ show, unfortunately. We’re playing sometime between 7 and 9 pm, most likely right around 8. See you there!



Now for some non-Comic-Con shows! The first is with 8 Bit Weapon, and chip-hop group Super Barrio Brothers in Pasadena, Ca. Here's all the info for this one.

July, 25 2008 at FEEL GOOD FUSION at The Terrace
443 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, California 91101

8 bit weapon
Super Barrio Brothers
8 bit bandit ( RARE DJ SET)

Cost: Free admission with RSVP or $5 at the door! (tough choice eh?) - Official Site: http://www.myspace.com/feelgoodfusion - For the month of July, FEEL GOOD FUSION will be paying tribute to one of the most Feel Good activities of all time...PLAYING VIDEO GAMES. - All of the ART, MUSIC, and ACTIVITIES that we will be featuring this month will be somehow related to video games!!! - As a part of the full multimedia experience, we will have a setup for everyone to play all the classic 8-bit games on the projector and watch as some GTA IV masters put on some exhibitions!! All the videogame footage will be mixed and broadcasted by our very own VJ, GREG THE DUDE.



And finally, outside of California, in Texas actually, we have the Bible Belt Bitfest, which has been months in the making thanks to Hotdog Storm! If you are in Texas it's pretty obvious you have to go to this show!

Penny Arcade Expo


Just a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the Penny Arcade Expo. It was my first time attending and I was pleasantly surprised. This was one of the best conventions I have ever attended.

Going into the exhibit hall on the first day, I was most excited to give Rock Band a try. Not only did I get to rock out on a game that I'm really looking forward to, but I got to do it up on stage with some other great gamers. I had a chance to play bass. Being accustomed to the Guitar Hero guitar, this new style took me a minute to get used to. Rather than the buttons being on top of the frets, the buttons are the frets. Not having a raised button to feel my finger placement was a little tough, but I ended up liking it. It feels a little more natural when pressing down the fret, rather than pressing down a raised button. The game play, similar to Guitar Hero's style, was very easy to pick up on. There was one aspect, in particular, that I really liked about this game. If one of your band mates fails the song, then they sit out. Luckily for them, as a band, you can bring them back in. This gives you a chance to redeem yourself if you started off poorly.

For the two nights of PAX they had amazing concerts. The first night featured The OneUps, Optimus Rhyme, Freezepop, and Neskimos. The OneUps' set was awesome. They were unfamiliar to most of the crowd there and they made a ton of new fans. Everyone I talked to really enjoyed their sound. Optimus Rhyme was also great. His songs had catchy beats and made you want to dance. He also brought out special guests including MC Beefy, MC Broken English, and MC Frontalot. Freezepop rocked everyone's socks with their set. They said that this was one of the biggest shows they've played. They really enjoyed the atmosphere and you could tell they had a good time playing the show. Ending their set with "The Final Countdown" was a crowd favorite. The Neskimos finished up this concert strong. They had the crowd rocking out until the end. Their VG covers were well done and hard not to enjoy.

The second night of PAX concerts was just as amazing as the first. Opening up the set was Jonathan Coultan. There have never been so many DS's swaying in the air as during his set! The crowd loved him and it was a good way to start the second concert. MC Frontalot followed. I had such a good time watching him perform. His songs were hilarious. His style and dancing kept me laughing the whole time. Wrapping up the concert were The Minibosses. They had lots of fans in the crowd who were excited to see them play. Their metal covers of VG songs were fantastic. They were a perfect way to finish up two nights of amazing bands.

It was hard not to enjoy the Penny Arcade Expo. There was always something to do; whether it was listening to a panel, exploring the exhibit hall, or participating in a tournament. There was never a dull moment. This year's PAX was a ton of fun and I can't wait until next year's expo.

To see more videos and photos head over the the GM4A photobucket and check out the PAX 07 album!

Phlogiston, Lutin, Blip Festival, Data Age, The Minibosses eBay auction, Child’s Play 2006

Phlogiston released a new album recently entitled Visions of a Robotic Wizard. The album is 6 tracks in length and available from Mega Twerp for the price of completely free. Track list as follows.

    1. Landing

    2. 17a

    3. Triangular Shapes

    4. Cryptesthesia

    5. Viral

    6. Aptly named 0

Another new Mega Twerp release coming from Lutin. His self-titled album includes ten tracks and is also absolutely free.

        Two HUGE concerts this weekend as well. We’ll start off in New York, New York where the MASSIVE

Blip Festival

is being held from November 30th-December 3rd. We’ll let them explain.

        “THE TANK and 8BITPEOPLES are pleased to present the Blip Festival, a four-day celebration of over 30 international artists exploring the untapped potential of low-bit videogame consoles and home computers used as creative tools. Familiar devices are pushed in new directions with startling results — Nintendo Entertainment Systems and Game Boys roaring with futuristic floor-stomping rhythms and fist-waving melody, art-damaged Sega hardware generating fluctuating and abstracted video patterns — and that's only the beginning. An exploration of the chiptune idiom and its close relatives, the Blip Festival is the biggest and most comprehensive event in the history of the form, and will include daily workshops, art installations, and nightly music performances boasting an international roster larger and more far-reaching than any previous event of its kind. Small sounds at large scales pushed to the limit at high volumes — the Blip Festival is an unprecedented event that is not to be missed.” -

blipfestival.org

        The list of performers must be seen to be believed. So if you are in New York DO NOT MISS IT. Also, if you are there let us know how it went (especially with plenty of footage and photos!)

        The next big concert is happening over here on the west coast in Los Angeles, CA.

Data Age

is throwing a big show of their own this Saturday, December 2nd. A good amount of electronic and VG inspired musicians will be in attendance including good pal

The Flight Orchestra

. The

GM4A crew

will also be in attendance at the Data Age show so we hope to see you there!

        One more thing. The Minibosses are having an eBay auction which includes a cornucopia of goods to benefit Child’s Play. The bid is pretty high right now but it is all for the children so give it a look. And of course donate what you can to Child’s Play!

MINIBOSSES TOUR, FIREBRAND_BOY SINGLE, WE ARE A ROOK, 1337 G33K B3AT

The Minibosses are kicking off their small west coast tour today in Phoenix and four more dates through Arizona and California until the 15th. You can check out the dates and stops in our events section or head on over to their site for details.

Firebrand_Boy has his forthcoming single, Orange, being published by Pale Fox Records and coming out this August. It will be available on a limited edition 7” single which can be pre-ordered on his site for 3 £'s (how much that is in America I have no clue). Along with the release of the limited edition single, Firebrand_Boy will be releasing Orange as a digital download. This digital release will include both A and B sides of the record as well as two remixes by JC909 and Sean Kerwin.

Chiptune Artists Elijah B. Torn and David Wilson of The Flight Orchestra have teamed up to create new group, we are (a) rook, head on over to their site and download their first single.
Also 1337 G33k B3at have just recorded a new song, 8Bitch, so head on over to http://media.putfile.com/8BITCH and have a listen.