"This Gigantic Robot Kills" - available in stores in Australia tomorrow through Taperjean!!
Apr 30, 2009
Apr 28, 2009
I'm headlining two super cool festivals this spring/summer.
The first is the WBER stage at the Lilac Festival in Rochester, New York a week from Friday (May 8th). More info on the site. I'm headlining the first night, kicking off the festival with a 90 minute set with my band. I know, awesome. Other acts playing this festival include Joan Osborne and Dr. John.
The second is Live 105's BFD Festival at the Shoreline Amplitheater in Mountain View, California. I'm headlining the local stage. Other acts playing the BFD are the Offspring and 311.
YAY FOR FESTIVALS!!!!
photo copyright 2009 Martin Cogley
Also, be sure to check out my upcoming club shows next week too. And, oh yeah, I'm also opening for NAS at a college show in Conneticut.
MAY US DATES
May 3 - The Ottobar
May 5 - Silk City
May 6 - Mercury Lounge (21+)
New York, New York
May 7 - Garfield Artworks
May 8 - Lilac Festival
Rochester, New York
May 9 - Eastern Connecticut State University (with NAS)
LOVE YOU GUYS!!!! See you up at the shows. Holler at me. I have fresh new merch.
Apr 24, 2009
I'm doing a week of shows in May to promote "This Gigantic Robot Kills", including a festival in upstate New York and a show with NAS. Be there!!
May 3 2009 8:00P
The Ottobar Baltimore, Maryland
May 5 2009 8:00P
Silk City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 6 2009 9:30P
Mercury Lounge (21+) New York, New York
May 7 2009 7:00P
Garfield Artworks Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 8 2009 6:00P
Lilac Festival Rochester, New York
May 9 2009 8:00P
Eastern Connecticut State University (with NAS) Willimantic, Connecticut
Apr 22, 2009
"True Player for Real" (with "Weird Al" and Wheatus) was NPR's song of the day today! Check it out:
NPR.org, April 22, 2009 - Northern California rapper MC Lars tells bits of his life story in "True Player for Real." He boasts of graduating from Stanford University, though he laments that his English degree hasn't gotten him far professionally. He claims skills with women, although some probably aren't impressed that he still lives with his parents. He speculates that his music is as hot as anything on the radio, but admits that without his laptop, he'd be in trouble.
Though he probably wouldn't say it himself, in reality MC Lars -- whose real name is Andrew Nielsen -- is one of the brightest lights in a hip-hop subgenre called "nerdcore," populated mainly by Caucasian emcees rapping about science fiction and computer software. Lars is one of the most likable, well-rounded members of the bunch, and he displays why on "True Player for Real," which references everyone from Charles Bukowski to John Peel to Descartes to tasered University of Florida student Andrew Meyer.
"True Player for Real" gets a bit heavy on the self-awareness -- particularly when Lars alerts the listener to an upcoming key change before the final chorus -- but for the most part, its meta qualities add to the fun. The vocal and guitar backing of Brendan B. Brown (of the Long Island pop-punk group Wheatus) helps, as does the infectious accordion hook played by Lars' childhood hero, "Weird Al" Yankovic. Yankovic is still making compellingly hilarious music, of course. But should he ever fall off, Lars would make a worthy successor.
Apr 14, 2009
Come catch me on my "This Gigantic Robot Kills" UK spring tour!
Apr 4 - Roadmenders 3 (with Failsafe) Northampton ENGLAND
Apr 5 - Queen Charlotte Weekender (with Failsafe) Norwich ENGLAND
Apr 6 - O2 Academy Oxford 2 (with Failsafe) Oxford ENGLAND
Apr 7 - Cavern (with Failsafe) Exeter ENGLAND
Apr 8 - Joiners (with Failsafe) Southampton ENGLAND
Apr 9 - Basement at Rock City (with Failsafe) Nottingham ENGLAND
Apr 10 - Arts Center (with Failsafe) Colchester ENGLAND
Apr 11 - Met. Lounge (with Failsafe) Peterborough ENGLAND
Apr 14 - The Cockpit (with the Aquabats) Leeds ENGLAND
Apr 15 - The Cathouse (with the Aquabats) Glasgow SCOTLAND
Apr 16 - O2 Academy Islington (with the Aquabats) London ENGLAND
Apr 18 - Hobbits (with Failsafe) Weston Super Mare ENGLAND
Apr 19 - Barfly (with Failsafe) Cardiff WALES
Apr 20 - The 12 Bar (with Failsafe) Swindon ENGLAND
Apr 21 - Little Civic (with Failsafe) Wolverhampton ENGLAND
Apr 22 - Barfly (with Failsafe) Liverpool ENGLAND
Videos and rapping and rocking - oh my!!