REVENGE OF THE NERDS: Post Pax Party feat. MEGA RAN & MC LARS
Event on 2017-09-05 20:00:00
9.5 Tuesday (Nerdcore) REVENGE OF THE NERDS: Post Pax Party Feat. MEGARAN & MC LARS Sammus Special Guests adv / dos 8pm, 21+ Nectar Lounge 412 N 36th St www.nectarlounge.com MEGA RAN Website Soundcloud If you put videogames, the '80s, hip-hop, soul music, jazz and standup comedy into a blender and hit "puree," you'd have something close to The Mega Ran Experience.The Penn State graduate and self-proclaimed "Teacher/Rapper/Hero" made waves by by combining 8-bit videogame sounds and hard-hitting hip-hop tracks, and has become a trailblazer in the budding genres of chiptune and nerdcore hip-hop, while maintaining a career as a middle school teacher.Ran's first album "The Call" was a critical success, featuring tracks with some of the underground's most respected heads. Ran cut his teeth in the city of Philadelphia as a moonlighting emcee and producer, performing, freestyle rapping, producing and later engineering at a studio. After relocating to Phoenix, competing in the Scribble Jam emcee battle championships and taking an early exit, Ran almost quit before he was even started, when a creative lightning bolt struck, and a fire was lit.Retro videogames were the catalyst. Random began the transformation into Mega Ran, his alter-ego, an ode to the classic video game character Mega Man. After creating a tribute album and receiving an unprecedented level of support and blessing from Capcom to continue, Ran was reborn and became a trailblazer in the budding "nerdcore" and chiptune subgenres, while coining his own term to describe what he had done, "Chip-Hop." MC LARS Website Bandcamp Northern California rapper, MC Lars, is set to release his 4th full-length studio album, the Zombie Dinosaur LP, at the end of thiscoming summer. He has returned home to the Bay Area after living in Los Angeles these past three years, and is self-producing hisnew album with help from friends in Berkeley and San Francisco. The Zombie Dinosaur LP revisits the satirical, funny, uptempo style of Lars’ 2004 debut album, the Laptop EP. It features guestappearances by Watsky, Kool Keith, and Less than Jake’s Roger Lima. Zombie Dinosaur tackles such topics as postfeminism, in anod to Game of Thrones (“Dragon Blood”); disappointing reunion bands with very few of their original members (“Sublime withRome is Not the Same thing as Sublime”); hipster parenting (“Hipster Mom”); and the current state of EDM (“Signing Dubstep”). The project was funded entirely by Lars’s third highly successful Kickstarter campaign, through which he raised over k to createand release Zombie Dinosaur under his own label, Horris Records. In the ten years that have followed his debut release, the Laptop EP, Lars has independently produced and released three other solofull-length albums, four EPs, and a number of mixtapes. He has collaborated with KRS-One, mentored and helped develop the career of fellow Stanford alum K.Flay (with whom hecollaborated on the 2009 Single and Famous EP), opened for Nas and Snoop Dogg, and played multiple summers on the VansWarped Tour. He has also headlined club shows across the US and in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Lars has spoken and presented at two different TEDx conferences, performed at Carnegie Hall with a live string section(at Scholastic’s 2012 Art and Writing Awards – where he debuted the video for his song, “Flow Like Poe,” which is the lead single onhis 2012 Edgar Allan Poe EP). Lars has developed and grown Horris Records in this past decade, signing the label’s first artist, Weerd Science (the solo hip-hopproject of Coheed & Cambria’s drummer, Josh Eppard). Lars has continued to produce music videos for himself and his friends,including a cameo credit on past musical collaborator “Weird Al” Yankovic’s 2014 “Lame Claim to Fame” (for which Lars was given aspecial shout out in the liner notes to Al’s Grammy Award winning album, Mandatory Fun). Having been labeled as one of the pioneers of the underground “nerdcore hip-hop” subgenre, Lars has recently expanded from thestudio to the classroom. With visiting scholar/teacher residencies at USC, and in the UK, and across the US in Nantucket, Florida,California, Alaska, and Kansas, Lars has found joy in educating young people about “lit-hop,” a subject term he coined to highlightthe connections between literature, classical poetry, and the cultural history of rap. Lars has continued to work closely with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, teaching workshops on preventing self- harm, and positive ways to use music as creative therapy for depression. He has also worked with the American Heart Association,promoting youth heart health. It’s been quite a decade. Sammus Website Bandcamp SAMMUS is an upstate New York-based rap artist, producer, and PhD student at Cornell University with Congolese and Ivorian family roots. Her production is characterized by her use of uniquely chopped samples, and video game-like synths. Labeled the "rap Aisha Tyler" by MTV Iggy for her intelligent lyrics, Sammus has built a following within the underground hip hop scene and has become one of the faces of black female geeks within the growing nerdcore hip hop movement. Since signing on with NuBlack Music Group Sammus has opened for such well respected artists as Raekwon, Open Mike Eagle, Random (Mega Ran), Louis Logic, Listener, Charles Hamilton, Awkwafina, Juiceboxxx, Turquoise Jeep, and Milo of the Hellfyre Club among others. Music that she has produced and been featured on has been showcased on such online publications as Hip Hop DX, XXLmag.com (alongside Random, Donwill and Homeboy Sandman), Women of Hip Hop, Egotripland, OkayAfrica, OkayPlayer, DJ Booth, Joystiq, Destructoid, Afropunk, and Société Perrier. Both of her albums,"PRIME" (2013) and "M'other Brain,"(2012) became bestsellers on Bandcamp within a week of their respective releases. The same can be said for "Nocturnal Cantata," her collaborative Castlevania EP with fellow MC Mega Ran, which charted on Soundscan in June 2013. On October 20th, 2013 she performed at Nerdapalooza in Orlando, Florida, one of MTV Iggy's top 10 best fall music festivals, and that same week was named MTV Iggy's "Artist of the Week."Finally as an academic-in-training and very vocal feminist, Sammus has worked tirelessly to highlight the ever-growing presence and power of female producers. This past summer she wrote an article entitled "Beatmakers with Boobs" critiquing mainstream feminism as it relates to issues of race and hip-hop that was featured on feminist blogs. As her Metroid-inspired name reflects, it is her hope that listeners and future fans will be pleasantly surprised by the contrast between the artist society says she should be and the activist and artist she actually is.
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