hip-hop, alternative, 9 p.m.
Local hip-hop acts Press B and ProjektZero will join Phoenix-based artist Random for a night of self-professed “nerd rap.” What’s nerd rap, you ask? Drum-machine beats, video game-inspired synthesizers, and fierce space-age rap combine to “evoke a sound that introverts everywhere can hum along to,” says Matthew Rittinghouse of ProjektZero. Charleston-based emcee Press B, “born in the year 2,311,240 in the Alpha Lyrae star system,” apparently got sent back in time to spit sick raps and to save the future. Random, a.k.a. MegaRan, a middle school English teacher by day and rapper by night, was one of the first independent artists to secure an exclusive licensing agreement with a major video game developer — meaning he made his name by rapping over the MegaMan soundtrack, folks. “What sets us apart from other music in the scene,” says Rittinghouse, “is the fact that ‘nerdcore’ musicians, as a whole, always write from a geek’s perspective — and we don’t do it at the expense of the music, which I think makes the music a lot more relatable.” —Lindsay Anne Bower