PAX Prime 2014 is upon us! The Penny Arcade Expo, Aug 29th to September 1st in downtown Seattle, is the largest gaming convention in the US, but it isn’t just about gaming and panel discussions. Live music has been a part of PAX from the very beginning, and this year is no different. There will be several groups performing at PAX, and I’d like to take this time to introduce you to two of them: Paul and Storm, and The Doubleclicks.
Paul and Storm (Paul Sabourin and Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo), is a musical-comedy duo from Arlington, Virginia. They are also co-founders of W00tstock, a variety show celebrating all things nerdy and geeky, alongside Adam Savage and Wil Wheaton. You may have already heard of Paul and Storm, what with last year, a certain famous author taking… “offense” to their song about him… all in good fun, of course. Their concerts are equal parts music and off-the-cuff comedy, and they always look like they’re having a blast on stage. How many performers do you know of that are obviously having so much fun on stage, taking the time to go off on tangents, make fun of themselves and joke around between themselves and the audience? Storm, in particular, seems to have made it his life’s mission to reduce Paul to helpless laughter onstage… and he seems to be succeeding. Half the fun is watching watch they’ll come up with next to amuse each other!
If you haven’t heard their music, or had a chance to check out any of their comedy (For instance, “The Best 36 seconds on the Internet” – caution: some language) you should rectify that immediately and head over to their site. You can stream any of their songs for free, and they also offer downloads and CDs (for a price, of course).
My personal favorites are:
- Nugget Man, a ballad about the inventor of the chicken nugget, Dr. Robert C. Baker)
- Cruel, Cruel Moon, a heart-felt plea from a man asking the moon not to shine so that his werewolf lover won’t kill him.
- Frogger: The Frogger Musical, which is exactly what it sounds like. And it’s awesome.
- Ten-Finger Johnny, an a cappella recitation of the titular pyrotechnic-loving Johnny’s explosive adventures.
My list is just scratching the surface of their albums. There are many, many more songs in their catalog, each worth a listen. They just released a new CD, “Ball Pit”, and I’m looking forward to each and every track on it. If you want more of their comedy, the W00tstock variety show is released each year under a Creative Commons License and can be found on Youtube. Their live show dates can be found here.
The Doubleclicks are a “nerd folk music” duo, two sisters—Aubrey (ukulele) and Angela (cello) Webber—from Portland, Oregon. Their songs range from a joyful paean to the network that brings people together across the world, to a lullaby which definitely isn’t for children, to a quick little tune about the dangers of letting Hollywood influence your self-image… with a twist! Nothing to Prove is an anthem dedicated to reminding the world that women have just as much right to nerd and geek culture as the boys, which is awesome and inspiring, though also a bit sad that such a song had to be sung in the first place. Their music is heartfelt, witty and quirky in equal measures, encompassing both the down-to-earth and the day-dreaming aspects of nerd life. What would be the worst superpower ever, actually?
For only having been around since 2011, they are quite prolific. They already have three albums out, have already been on one cross-country tour, and after PAX are heading over to the Midwest and Northeast to tour.
If you’re unable to see them at PAX and are interested in check on their tour dates, go here and see if they will be playing near you!
~ K.L. Davis ~
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