I Fight Dragons + MC Lars

I Fight Dragons

I Fight Dragons is a rock band from Chicago,IL. IFD was formed in 2008 when singer Brian Mazzaferri and keyboards player/backing vocalist Bill Prokopow discovered the chiptune style while working on a project. The band is famous for their use of the chiptune style, which incorporates sounds found in retro video games. These sounds are made by modified Nintendo controllers and accessories such as the Game Boy. IFD released their debut EP Cool Is Just A Number in early 2009. In early 2010, they signed to Photo Finish/Atlantic Records and released their second EP Welcome to the Breakdown in late 2010. In October of 2011 they released their first full-length album KABOOM!. With help from Nintendo, the band created a music video for the track "Save World Get Girl" which launched on the 3DS Nintendo Video Channel and gained the band many new fans. The band entered the studio in late 2012 to record a companion EP for their first headlining tour, The War of Cyborg Liberation Tour, which was eventually cancelled in favor of making a second full-length album. In early 2013, IFD released a collection of demos from 2010-2011 entitled DEMOlition: Demos That Didn't Make KABOOM! The band also left their label in 2013. In addition, the band contributed a short theme song, titled "Rewind", for the 80's-inspired ABC sitcom The Goldbergs. In mid-2013, IFD revealed Project ATMA, a Kickstarter project to fund their second album The Near Future without help from a label. They raised $115,052 towards the making of the album, surpassing their goal by about $95,000. After being delayed multiple times, The Near Future was released on December 9, 2014. The album reached #5 on the Billboard Vinyl Album Charts during the week it was released. On August 7, 2017, the band announced a Patreon project, "Album Adventures," where they would use donations from fans to fund the making of their next album and beyond.

Northern California rapper, MC Lars, is set to release his 4th full-length studio album, the Zombie Dinosaur LP, at the end of this coming summer. He has returned home to the Bay Area after living in Los Angeles these past three years, and is self-producing his new album with help from friends in Berkeley and San Francisco.

The Zombie Dinosaur LP revisits the satirical, funny, uptempo style of Lars' 2004 debut album, the Laptop EP. It features guest appearances by Watsky, Kool Keith, and Less than Jake's Roger Lima. Zombie Dinosaur tackles such topics as postfeminism, in a nod to Game of Thrones ("Dragon Blood"); disappointing reunion bands with very few of their original members ("Sublime with Rome is Not the Same thing as Sublime"); hipster parenting ("Hipster Mom"); and the current state of EDM ("Signing Dubstep").

The project was funded entirely by Lars's third highly successful Kickstarter campaign, through which he raised over $42k to create and release Zombie Dinosaur under his own label, Horris Records.

In the ten years that have followed his debut release, the Laptop EP, Lars has independently produced and released three other solo full-length albums, four EPs, and a number of mixtapes.

He has collaborated with KRS-One, mentored and helped develop the career of fellow Stanford alum K.Flay (with whom he collaborated on the 2009 Single and Famous EP), opened for Nas and Snoop Dogg, and played multiple summers on the Vans Warped Tour. He has also headlined club shows across the US and in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

Lars has spoken and presented at two different TEDx conferences, performed at Carnegie Hall with a live string section (at Scholastic's 2012 Art and Writing Awards – where he debuted the video for his song, "Flow Like Poe," which is the lead single on his 2012 Edgar Allan Poe EP).

Lars has developed and grown Horris Records in this past decade, signing the label's first artist, Weerd Science (the solo hip-hop project of Cohered & Cambria's drummer, Josh Eppard). Lars has continued to produce music videos for himself and his friends, including a cameo credit on past musical collaborator "Weird Al" Yankovic's 2014 "Lame Claim to Fame" (for which Lars was given a special shout out in the liner notes to Al's Grammy Award winning album, Mandatory Fun).

Having been labeled as one of the pioneers of the underground "nerdcore hip-hop" subgenre, Lars has recently expanded from the studio to the classroom. With visiting scholar/teacher residencies at USC, and in the UK, and across the US in Nantucket, Florida, California, Alaska, and Kansas, Lars has found joy in educating young people about "lit-hop," a subject term he coined to highlight the connections between literature, classical poetry, and the cultural history of rap.

Lars has continued to work closely with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, teaching workshops on preventing self-harm, and positive ways to use music as creative therapy for depression. He has also worked with the American Heart Association, promoting youth heart health.

It's been quite a decade.

Boy Pierce

Boy Pierce is an independent American hip hop artist living in New York City. His venture into music production escalated in college, at the University of Delaware where he created intricate mashups and distributed them to college friends. Following graduation, Pierce moved to Philadelphia, where he wrote, recorded, and performed. Since dropping his mixtape The Bootleg in 2011, Pierce has performed at several shows in Philadelphia, New York City, and DC. His music videos Boy Pierce Raps Over Everything and RÉSUMÉ gained much attention from Philadelphia radio station WXPN. His “Hindsight” music video and sophomore album Various Dreams were self-released in 2013. In late 2013, Pierce moved to New York City to further pursue his musical aspirations. In 2015, his “NBA On NBC” song and video went viral, earning press on The Big Lead, Barstool Sports, and The Chicago Tribune. He self-released his EP Moments in 2016 and in 2017 debuted a series of “Ultimate Tributes,” paying homage to hip hop legends Eminem, The Notorious B.I.G., and Outkast. He recently collaborated with RAQ/Electric Beethoven keyboardist Todd Stoops with “Festival Song” and his “Ultimate Phish Tribute” went viral, earning press on JamBase and Live For Live Music. And, for the holiday season, Pierce paid homage to Home Alone with the “Ultimate Home Alone Tribute” and his recent Seinfeld Tribute gained a shoutout from George Costanza himself, Jason Alexander. His new studio album Homemade just debuted, which features Nerdcore and “lit-hop” pioneer MC Lars, as well as underground hip hop icon Esoteric of CZARFACE and 7L & Esoteric.

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