I Fight Dragons
Chicago’s I Fight Dragons would be the most popular example of chiptunes, although that’s only part of their arsenal. The band employs 8-bit notes and sounds combined with pop-rock flavor to produce a high-spirited sound. They also have a propensity to veer off the beaten path, such as throwing in Kool Moe Dee covers mid-track. The band returns to Nerdapalooza this year, having appeared there before in 2009.
One of the acts I’m personally excited to see, having been a fan of Stemage and Metroid Metal since 2007. Their music should be fully explained by their name - heavy metal versions of music from Nintendo’s “Metroid” series (my favorite track being their version of ”Brinstar”). Metroid Metal has a reputation for being a tremendous live act, and I finally get to see that for myself this year.
The Protomen will be performing both nights of Nerdapalooza 2011. The band is set do their album Act I on Saturday night (July 16) and Act II on Sunday, July 17. The album titles would refer to their ongoing musical storyline of the Mega Man games, re-imagined with much more dystopian style and imagery. As for the music itself, The Protomen specialize in epic arena bombast that should shake the Orlando Airport Marriott once again with a terrific stage show.
2010 saw two of nerdcore’s finest, ZeaLouS1 and Dr. Awkward, not only join forces but bring a full band into the mix as well. No one knew what to expect, but the Bossfights had annihilated the house by the time they were done. This year, on the strength of their first full-length self-titled release and with no element of surprise like last year, the pressure is on the Bossfights to lay waste to the crowd once again - and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
brentafloss has the propensity (and amazing ability) to put lyrics to classic video game themes, often to riotous result. On the heels of his newest record, What if This CD...Had Lyrics?, brentafloss is bringing his show to Nerdapalooza for the first time this year, and is a featured performer at the festival (despite being a first-timer) because of his entertaining catalog and stage presence.