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Geek About Town: PAX Afterparty at Nectar Lounge

Hey folks! It’s Shubz again, and this time, I’m giving you the rundown of how last night’s PAX Afterparty at Nectar went. Sure, it’s was after PAX and all those PAXers must be exhausted. Sure, it was a Monday night. Did that stop a good show? The answer, readers, is NO.

Seattle’s own Klopfenpop was back on the mic opening with the crowd favorite of “Back in the Day.” Two other favorites of mine are “Cereal” with C0splay of Death*Star fame and “Broken Robots,” an epic sounding collaboration with all three members of Death*Star. I love a great collaboration; you get a sense of the chemistry between artists, and that’s what I saw a lot of with K-Pop’s set. Drummer Lemmywinks brought the house down with his beats and vocals on “Broken Robots” and Death*Star’s Bill Beats is a seasoned force behind his turntables. It was great seeing the dual-hyping by both Jake Bit and NES-T. Those two need their own albums! I cannot wait to see what Klopfenpop and his Hip-Hop Quartet will come up with next!

Random AKA MegaRan was a standout at last night’s show. He and K-Murdock’s tracks constantly kept the floor moving with catchy hooks, danceable beats, and (a hip-hop staple) callouts (e.g. “When I say A, you say B!”). The songs in MegaRan’s set were notably diverse – “It’s Alright” had a kick-back-and-chill feel while “AVALANCHE” was proof that nerdcore can get – in his own words – “crunk.” His heavy hitting beats and booming voice made folks passing the venue turn their heads! The most impressive of MegaRan’s set was his freestyle. He went around the venue as audience members held up different objects for him to rap about. His “Shout out to the girl with a maxi pad” got the crowd laughing and throwing more items at this emcee. Please come back to Seattle, Ran!

Finally, MC Frontalot took the stage! The house was filled to the brim with fans rapping along to hits like “Final Boss” and “First World Problem.” His songs were a fabulous change of pace from the collaborations of Klopfenpop and the high energy bass of Random. Frontalot and his talented band brought more funk to their set with a unique bass line that made his sound unique. This is evident in Frontalot’s latest single “Critical Hit,” where I heard it the most. I tip my hat to each band member’s individual talent. A great example was Frontalot’s bassist, Brandon Patton (“ Blak Lotus”), who played (among other songs) a charming rendition of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up.”

For more information about the artists mentioned, check out their websites for music, concert dates, and downloads at:
Klopfenpop: klopfenpop.com
Random AKA MegaRan: megaran.com
MC Frontalot: frontalot.com

Shubz Angeles Krismer
PR Assistant

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Geek About Town: Death*Star at the AFK Tavern

Death*Star was at it again this past Saturday at the AFK Tavern with special guests Ultraklystron and Klopfenpop! It was an intimate show, and by that I mean audience members of the 21+ persuasion huddled into the bar area to see and hear Northwest nerdcore hip-hop. Here’s a brief overview of my favorite’s from each set:

Ultraklystron is one of the fiercest artists with a mic. The guy is ridiculous with his wordplay!  That being said, I always appreciate any artist, much less a rap artist, who can have some fun and not take himself too seriously. My example, “Bromance Dance.” Stop, look it up, and listen. It’s fun, catchy, and a guaranteed good time.

If you want another example of a fine lyricist, check out Klopfenpop.  Specifically, his track “Prime Obsession.” I can’t explain it the way he does before he performs it at a show, but to not be too much of a spoiler, the entire track is to a Mozart-sampled beat. In other words, it’s FAST! Indeed, a treat for the math and music fan alike.

Death*Star, regardless of how humorously self-deprecating they can be, have consistently put out great shows. Though they’re currently promoting their upcoming album “A New Dope,” solid favorites like “Looking For Group” and the more recent “Broken Robots” have kept their fan base strong and ready for more from this talented trio.

My words can’t do these folks justice, so my recommendation is to go and see them yourself. They don’t disappoint.  For GeekGirlCon followers in Canada, y’all have got the advantage as Ultraklystron is in your neck of the woods.  Though regardless of where you fall on the map, give them a listen and show them some love.

For more information on the artists mentioned, check out their tunes at:
Ultraklystron: http://karlrolson.com/blog/audio/

Klopfenpop: http://klopfenpop.com/

Death*Star: http://deathstar.bandcamp.com/

Shubz Angeles Krismer
PR Assistant

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