Concert Shots: Skyfox, MC Lars, The Protomen, I Fight Dragons

Live, from the Metro in Chicago, it's a cornucopia of nerdcore bands pumping out their best! Wrapping up their tour, The Protomen and I Fight Dragons brought with them Skyfox and MC Lars to dish out the best nerd-music show that Chicago has had in a good while. Filling up the venue, they failed to disappoint as Skyfox captured new hearts and minds, MC Lars entertained, The Protomen battled for freedom, and I Fight Dragons, well...fought dragons! While it was a show that's best experienced by being there in person, I've got some shots that capture at least a fraction of the energy that these guys were pumping through Chicago's veins. [gallery link="file"]

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/)

Protomen, The Megas, The Bossfights in Los Angeles August 30-31, 2010

Much like their PAX compatriots Anamanaguchi, mega man rock opera troupe The Protomen are also coming to Los Angeles for two nights next week. Two dates gives fans the rare, but awesome chance to see the group perform both their albums, Act I and Act II in their entirety over both nights!

Not only this, but the band will also be supported by some of the most amazing groups around, The Megas, and up and coming nerdcore rock/rap supergroup The Bossfights. This will definitely be a night, *ahem* TWO nights to remember for nerdrock.

Concert info below.

Both nights will be held at the CIA 11334 Burbank Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91601 Doors open @ 9PM Cover: $15 at the Door (Cash Only) All Ages | Full Bar facebook page for August 30th event facebook page for August 31st event

The Nerdy Show podcast counts down their top 20 nerdy things of 2009

Including many of the artists which we feature here, on this very site regularly, the Nerdy Show recently counted down their favorite nerdy things of 2009. "Ladies and Gentlemen, we present to you the Final Boss of 2009! In this episode we unleash our list of the Top Twenty Nerdy THINGS of 2009, in a VERY specific order. Movies, video games, people, music, concepts - if it’s nerdy then we judged its worth."

The gang discuss their picks, in between playing music from the releases on the list, including tracks from videogame orchestra, I Fight Dragons, The Protomen and Pixelh8. Head on over to the Nerdy Show website, and download Episode 18 :: 2009 Final Boss now!

64 Bit Genocide in one month! August 22nd in Baltimore, MD

So we have experienced genocide from 8 Bit to 32 Bit, but once again the powers that be have doubled and we are now on the edge of a massive 64 Bit Genocide. Ten bands, several amazing video game influenced artists. Just unbelievable. If you are anywhere near Baltimore then you have no excuse to miss out on what is arguably one of the biggest and best showcases of video game inspired music and art anywhere.

With endless amounts of amazing bands including The Protomen, Entertainment System, Rare Candy, Year 200X, This Place is Haunted (who have a new album coming out soon) Cheap Dinosaurs, X Hunters, Armadillo Tank, The Ultraball, and all the way from across the country The Megas. Not only this but word has it that Entertainment System and The Megas are working on an amazing album project together titled Megatainment which is all set to be debuted at this show. If you are on the east coast of the US you have absolutely no reason to miss what is arguably one of the most epic nights in VGrock anywhere!

Show details are below.
Ottobar
2549 Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Doors for the show will open at
5 o'clock, and the show will end at around 1 o'clock.
Tickets are $17 dollars, and are available
now through this link.

32 Bit Genocide - August 16th in Baltimore, MD


OK, so 32 Bit Genocide is coming upon us very quickly. You may have noticed the flyer I have had on the site for the last few months, but if you never took the time to click on it, for shame! Bit Genocide is one of the biggest concerts around for the VG Rock community, and this year is no exception. Did you read the flyer above you? Those bands are all playing, it's not just a list of awesome bands that should play together, they ARE playing together. Six of the finest bands in the VGIM community are getting together to throw one epic show. Even The Megas from LA, California are flying out to be part of the insanity.

For more info be sure to check out the official 32 Bit Genocide myspace page! And if you have any expendable money at all, be there! It's going to be one amazing night for VG rock fans!

Vote for Protomen to Rock/Save Warped Tour

With a bit of arm twisting (which wasn't necessary, as I would love to post this either way) I am writing about some pretty epic news from the VGIM front. Looks like epic rockers The Protomen have the chance to perform at this years Warped Tour in Atlanta, GA! Here is how The Protomen themselves explain things in their latest blog.

We have found new allies that have asked to remain anonymous (Ernie Ball) who have laid a challenge before us: to join them in saving Atlanta, GA with the power of Warped Tour behind us.

However, we need your help.

To join your comrades at the front, head to Ernie Ball's Warped Tour Battle of the Bands site and register an account. It's basically just like MySpace, but way less crappy. We've tested these waters, and they seem safe. Once inside, head to our account HQ to vote for us and rate our songs/band once daily. The top 20 voted bands will have a shot to play the show date, so your votes are everything. Remember, it's a daily thing so hit it often and rally your friends. It's time to see what we're all made of.

The future is unwritten. Do your part.

So there you have it! Hurry up and sign up and vote for The Protomen at this link!

Protomen.com goes live

Just today, the Protomen website has debuted. The debut brings with it an awesome new music video from the band, as well as the ability to pre-order their newest release where "Makeup and Vanity Set takes an 8-Bit hammer of justice to the sounds of The Protomen." The album is eight tracks long, and comes in a bundle with a Protomen shirt for the price of $20. Check out the video and place your orders at www.protomen.com.

xepher.geo EPs, Spheres of Chaos album, MPFM, Akumu’s NSF Archive, VA2, Protomen, The Kode, and Year 200X concerts

Chiptune artist xepher.geo has released two free EP’s for download on his site. Afraid of the Dark is described as “droney, spacey idm breaks and noise” while the second EP titled DOS Recollection is “dirty lofi beats, chirpy chips and such madness!” They are free, so give them a listen.
Good pal’s Spheres of Chaos (interview here) are releasing their debut album on Friday the 13th of October. They also have an upcoming show on October 19th, check out their site for more details.
Just wanted to mention a new band I have come across this past week and let you folks in on it. I’ll try mentioning new and upcoming artists every week. Today I want to mention the band My Parent’s Favorite Music. Really amazing stuff.
Another interesting place to check out is Akumu’s NSF Archive. For those not in the know, NSF’s are the sound files from NES games. You can find out more information as well as programs to listen to NSF sound files at Akumu’s site.
Coming up soon, but just not soon enough is Video Armageddon 2. I just wanted to remind you all about it’s impending awesomeness on October 28th and also to post another amazing flyer for the event. This flyer coming from the good folks from This Place Is Haunted.

More upcoming concerts this week. Year 200X is playing a concert in Lansing, Michigan on the 11th. The Dr. Wily hating rock group The Protomen have two shows this week in Los Angeles this 11th and 12th. Also this Friday the 13th, Boston based pals The Kode are playing Hamdon, CT.

The Protomen, The Kode, TouchBoy, Entertainment System shows this weekend

The Protomen are playing live shows all weekend on their current tour. This weekend they are rocking their way across Tennessee. Tonight they’ll be playing in Memphis, then tomorrow night in Murfreesboro, and finally Nashville on the 7th.
Good friends, The Kode are also ready to kick off a tour, but before they go they are playing a show at their own Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA tomorrow night, October 6th.
TouchBoy also has a date north of the border in Toronto, Canada on the 6th in which he will be playing all new material for your listening pleasure.
Finally, more pals of GM4A, Entertainment System are playing two dates at SITACon “where E.S. will be playing two sets and hosting a panel up in Utica, NY. The first performance will be on Friday night, then a Q & A panel with the band where we will pretty much just get drunk and make fart noises (feel free to join in), then an encore performance on Saturday afternoon.” SITACon starts this Friday. Enjoy your weekend! and check out our interviews section for more info on Entertainment System and The Kode!

ANAMANAGUCHI, NESMETAL, YEAR 200X, EGM COVERS VGM

Chiptune group Anamanaguchi have announced that their newest EP, Helix Nebula will be coming out this August care of 8bitpeoples. The EP will span seven tracks and clock in at approximately 20 minutes.
NESMETAL have released a new song. Track 12 - “Star Stealing Girl” (from Chrono Cross) is the song. Head on over and have a listen.
Sadly, Year 200X has had their myspace page erased for absolutely no reason (sort of rings a bell over here at GM4A). Well head on over to their new page and add them if you haven’t they have a bit of catching up to do. As incentive they have posted a new demo of Metal Gear that they are currently working on.
Electronic Gaming Monthly have covered several VGM bands in their August issue, which should be hitting news racks soon. In the article EGM covers six bands, Totally Radd!!, The Protomen, Final Fantasy, 14 Year Old Girls, Futuristic Sex Robotz, and Cinemechanica. Thanks to the internet, you can also check out the article on EGM’s official site egm.1up.com.