Friday, Oct. 18
Jesse Dangerously, 7:20 p.m.
Award-winning Canadian indie rapper who relies on intriguing samples of surprising instruments in hip-hop like the ukulele and theremin.
Professor Shyguy, 10:10 p.m.
Nashville chip-tunes composer in the true sense of the word – no sampling – whose new album, Rated Heart, received overwhelming Kickstarter support.
Saturday, Oct. 19
Beefy, 3 p.m.
Energetic nerdcore hip-hop from Washington state, Beefy collaborates with everyone for a reason. That flow would make anyone want to join his guild.
Brentalfloss, 3:40 p.m.
Adding lyrics to video game songs – including most recently to Tecmo Bowl – is an inspired way to make old games new again.
Marc With a C, 4:20 p.m.
Prolific area popsmith whose
kickass 2013 release, Popular Music, includes a pretty fitting tribute to one of Orlando’s much-missed nerds, Triforce Mike.
The Protomen, 6:40 p.m.
Nashville rock opera that’s on a perpetual mission to stop Dr. Wily; their built-to-last live show is renowned for insane theatrics, frequent costume changes and boss battles.
Moon Hooch, 8:30 p.m.
Crazy-different from anything else at Nerdapalooza, Brooklyn’s Moon Hooch features two experimental sax players and a drummer whose music has incited subway raves.
Sunday, Oct. 20
Death*Star, 11 a.m.
Comedic hip-hop from Washington state. There’s an old-school pop sensibility to their music that makes it almost as funky as their skits are funny.
Sammus, 3 p.m.
Refreshing female rapper from Ithaca, N.Y., who rough-chops her samples in intriguing ways and has maybe the best caricature of Kanye West ever put in a song.
Nerf Herder, 8:30 p.m.
California pop punk band from the mid-’90s to early 2000s that is delightfully juvenile when it comes to Courtney Love and smitten Pantera fans.
Solillaquists of Sound, 9:25 p.m.
Bulletproof local hip-hop group that recently Kickstarted a double-disc album, The 4th Wall, which completes their Listener’s Trilogy – and what nerd isn’t stoked at the conclusion of a trilogy?!