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This Week in Geek: Geek Bar, Steamstock, and Nerd's Night Out

Geek Girl Chicago, Geek Bar Chicago, Nerds at Heart, Chicago Nerd Social Club… things aimed at this subculture often put “Geek” or “Nerd” right in the title, don’t they?  Guilty as charged.  I still haven’t decided if this tendency is inclusive or exclusive, though.  On one hand, there isn’t a “Trendy Jock Sports Bar.”  On... Read more »

My Geeky Springtime Playlist - Help Build It!

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3JdWlSF195Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>"Why Does the Sun Shine?" by They Might Be Giants<br>  Here comes science!!  TMBG just put on an amazing show in Chicago.  This classic explains the workings of our beloved light in the sky.
Every time Spring returns to Chicago, the same song goes through my head: Funeral Face by Suburban Kids with Biblical Names.  “…but pretty soon it will happen, the Sun will go murder the snow!”  It absolutely suits the aggressive, somewhat crazy joy I feel when it finally warms up around here.  I, like others of... Read more »

St. Patrick's Day GEEKend: They Might Be Giants, Fanfiction Live, and More

St. Patrick’s Day is huge in Chicago thanks to beer, parades, and the famous green dye in the Chicago River.  Did you know that the dye is still a “secret formula?”   SOMEONE has to know what’s in there- I can’t believe they’d let that much gunk get dumped, otherwise!   I’ll be marching for... Read more »
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Rising Stars of Geek Rock: The GameMen

Wow.  When I first started the Rising Stars of Geek Rock series, I never imagined it would have so many installations.  Today’s band is my fifth featured, with many more waiting in the wings.  Chicago geeks, you’re too talented!  I am no longer going to number the titles. …Enough about that, on to the music!... Read more »

This Week in Geek: Vote, Rock, Strip... Fandom Style!

Halo 4 comes out at midnight.  The reviews are stellar, but I’ve been a little shocked by the amount of people claiming it will be “more fun” than waiting in line at the polls.  People.  Seriously.  Vote.  Vote.  VOTE VOTE VOTE!! …*ahem.*  Now that that’s out of the way, here are a few things to... Read more »

This GEEKEND: One Convention, Two Concerts, and MANY Wolves.

First and foremost, if you haven’t yet, please enter my latest ticket giveaway.  It’s for an amazing evening of geeky singer-songwriters and comedians that I’m SURE you’ve heard of.  Enter now!! Right-o.  Before that concert even happens, you have this GEEKend to get through.  Here are a few recommendations for fun in Chicago, starting tonight:... Read more »
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Rising Stars of Geek Rock IV: Time Crash

Doctor Who might be my top fandom of all time.  However, I have a BIG pet peeve:  The Eleventh Doctor’s Theme song, I am The Doctor.  This redundant tune has accompanied Matt Smith for three seasons- every action sequence, every revelation, every emotional moment.  I am tired of it. The soundtrack could be so much more!... Read more »

Rising Stars of Geek Rock III: Hired Goons

Good glaven!  After a short departure, Rising Stars of Geek Rock is back. Today’s band, Hired Goons, found me only a few weeks ago.  Thank Jebus they did!  Their music is as fun as a game of knifey-spooney. …Are you catching the blatant Simpsons references?  Super-dee-diddly-uper, because Hired Goons is a “Ramones-influenced Simpsons tribute.” They perform covers... Read more »

Rising Stars of Geek Rock II: Arc Impulse

I wish my blog came with sound, so that every Rising Stars of Geek Rock could be introduced with awesome guitar riffs.  Man, they’d be sweet.  Take a minute to imagine that… aaaaand… here we go. Last article, I featured a musician new to the geek rock scene.  Today’s act has been around (in some form)... Read more »
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Rising Stars of Geek Rock I: Viking Jesus

Pop Quiz!  Do you know what any of these words mean?  1. Filk   2. tlhIngan QoQ   3. Wrock   4. Trock …If not, it’s time to learn.  Welcome to a new GGC series.  Rising Stars of Geek Rock will feature musicians that are 100% local and 110% geek.  How geeky?  Try a metal mashup... Read more »