MC Chris

MC Chris (10:50 PM)

MC Lars (9:55 PM)

Mega Ran (9:10 PM)

Adam WarRock (8:30 PM)

Tue, September 27, 2011

8:00 pm

$15.00

This event is all ages

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MC Chris - (Set time: 10:50 PM)
MC Chris
mc chris is a rapper from the suburbs of Chicago that was once an animator on many of the shows you see on Adult Swim. He was writer, actor, songwriter and animator for Sealab 2021, The Brak Show, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He has also voiced characters on several Adult Swim pilots such as Welcome to Eltingville, Cheyenne Cinnamonn and Tight Bros. He was also a producer of on air content for over a year before leaving Williams Street to pursue a career in music.

mc has since crossed America countless times touring as a headlining act. He is considered to be one of the originators of a genre of music called nerdcore. He’s collaborated with Talib Kweli, Andrew WK, Cee-Lo and Childish Gambino. His music has been featured in a Kevin Smith movie and an upcoming DVD; and he has composed several themes for his Smodcast network. Most recently, mc’s song “hoodie ninja” was featured in both a Honda commercial and America’s Funniest Home Videos.

mc raises money to fight cancer and cystic fibrosis. Inspired by his nephew who has CF, mc chris and his fans have raised over $100,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The cancer charity is brand new in honor of mc’s recently deceased father as well as Beastie Boy Adam Yauch.

It’s been mc chris’ lifelong dream to have his own cartoon and he still hasn’t given up. Last year, his fans donated over $60,000 to kickstart his dream and now the cartoon is currently in production in Indiana, Los Angeles and New York. mc chris lives in Brooklyn with his fiancé.
MC Lars - (Set time: 9:55 PM)
MC Lars
"I want to be someone who people recognize and want to come to see, but stayed true to their art and message through their whole career. I want to be able to tour the world and play sold out shows. I'd love to have some mainstream exposure to subversively bring my ideas into the popular eye, as long as I don't have to compromise what I'm doing for the sake of popularity. I want to work with more artists that I admire and be known for having one of the most fun live touring shows that has ever hit the road. I'd like to die having put out one of the most original greatest hits albums in the history of the popular music. That would be awesome." MC Lars

It isn't easy being a Post Punk Laptop rapper. You're forced to lead a genre that doesn't exist, navigate around cookie cutter superstars, push yourself to make music unlike anything else on earth and spend every penny of your own money to get it all done. You meet kids at every tour date who love what you do, yet turn on MTV and see homogenized puppets that regurgitate their genres and make piles of dough in the process. You push the boundaries of DIY and give major labels the middle finger. You hope (and know) that this will be all worth it some day.

MC Lars is a member of what he dubs the "iGeneration," a group born and raised in the time of the Ninja Turtles, cassette tapes and new wave music, who now live in the age of Desperate Housewives, Sidekicks and screamo bands. These are the kids who have grown up using the Internet as a part of their every day life. They can conveniently carry 5,000 songs in their pocket, but are faced with the glooming fact that the world's oil supply and Social Security will both run out in their lifetime. MC Lars is the hero of this new generation, addressing their thoughts and every day struggles in his music.

Lars has spent the past two years building this group of fans, performing around the world with nothing but his laptop and lyrics. His indie EP has sold over 10,000 copies to a dedicated group of misfits, allowing him to pulse the mainstream through unexpected outlets like Rolling Stone and MTV News. All of this has led him to the decision to steer his own ship and to release the album on his own label (Horris Records) rather than fall into the major label glut. He sees little need for the traditional label trappings and would rather storm his own trail through the Internet, even encouraging file-sharing as a means of promoting his music. "I think I've shown that you don't need to have mainstream exposure to get a dedicated fan base, especially when you have things like MySpace and LimeWire as creative ways of marketing yourself," he says.

The Graduate is an album chock full of wildly different subject matter, from playful and goofy to socially conscious and critical. The album opens with "Download This Song," featuring guest vocals by Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup; the song serves as complete manifesto on the future of music industry. "21 Concepts" is a track featuring 21 different song ideas Lars rejected for the album, including an ill-fated jam about a fetus running for governor. He gives listeners a literature lesson on "Ahab," retelling Herman Melville's class Moby Dick in under four minutes (to a Supergrass sample, no less). Lars collaborates with The Matches on a song about mallrat-infested Hot Topic and another with notorious rapper Ill Bill (Non Phixion) on "The Dialogue," a marriage that will surprise many. "The Roommate From Hell" teams him up with pal mc chris, who is cast as Lars' college roommate who is also, coincidentally, Satan.

The Graduate is a collection of songs that may very well be the time capsule for this generation. In a hundred years, iPods, MySpace and Hot Topic may be nothing more than a distant memory, but one listen to MC Lars' music will bring people back to the iGeneration. The title may be a nod to Lars' recent graduation from Stanford University, but the album also serves as a musical graduation, allowing Lars to move from sampling his favorite artists on his laptop to being able to collaborate with them in the studio. He adds, "I also like to hook up with older women like Dustin Hoffman does."
Mega Ran - (Set time: 9:10 PM)
Mega Ran
Raheem Jarbo, aka Random or Mega Ran. Teacher/Rapper/Hero. People will remember Ran for his daring leap into video game remixing which led to a Capcom cosign, but Random's penchant for storytelling has impressed retro gamers while garnering respect from Hip-Hop's harshest critics. An incredible impromptu "freestyle" MC, Random's unique combination of fantasy and introspective hip-hop has found its way into TV shows, movies, video games, and even coursework at several universities. That's Random.
Adam WarRock - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Adam WarRock
“The War For Infinity and Adam WarRock represent a perfect storm, an ideal marriage of real nerd culture and real hip-hop.”
-Z. of HipsterPlease.com

Having firmly established himself as the Internet’s foremost comic book rapper, Adam WarRock has gained widespread acclaim from both geek and nerd audiences, as well as hip hop and music fan crowds alike.

Adam WarRock’s hit single “Ira Glass” has been featured on PRI & NPR, as well as numerous sites, podcasts, and radio stations nationwide. His debut album, The War For Infinity was a featured release on iTunes rap/hip hop genre page and quickly became a bestseller on Bandcamp.com. His follow-up release, This Man… This Emcee!, also achieved best-seller distinctions on Bandcamp, and has continued to garner Adam praise for his ability to seamlessly meld the indie hip hop aesthetic with a sincerity and passion for both the personal and geeky things that move him in his life.

Adam WarRock has performed nationwide, as he continues to tour venues and comic stores, creating events in the most unlikeliest places. Recent notable performances include: Kracklefest at Emerald City Comic Con 2011, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Liberty Jam at C2E2 2011, Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, the World Famous Milestone in Charlotte, Criminal Records in Atlanta, and Nerdapalooza 2011 in Orlando. With his commanding stage presence and live show, Adam recently competed in Kollaboration ATL 4, a showcase for Asian-American talents of all genres and disciplines, and won the grand prize award from a panel of judges that ranged from heralded music journalists to professional musicians.

Never content to rest on his laurels, Adam WarRock continues to stay hard at work, and is currently set to release a new EP, professionally produced and mastered at Icon Studios in Atlanta, as well as The Browncoats Mixtape, the third in his series of geek-themed mixtapes that have gotten mainstream praise. He is the embodiment of Do-It-Yourself creative art, having started from scratch and built a music career completely independently. He continues to find fans in the most well known cultural icons, having received praise from the likes of director EDGAR WRIGHT, comic creators BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY and MATT FRACTION and Public Radio International CEO ALISA MILLER, as well as coverage from major pop culture websites such as SLASHFILM, NEWSARAMA and COMICSALLIANCE. Through a dedication to dope music, comic books and nerd culture, and an positive outlook on art and life, Adam WarRock is ready to leave audiences buzzing long after the lights go down.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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