The Doppelgangstas (AKA Twinprov)
On tour to support his new album “Zero Day,” MC Frontalot, the godfather of nerdcore rap and hip-hop, will play his first Oklahoma City show April 19 at The Conservatory, 8911 N Western Ave.
Doors will open at 7 p.m. April 19. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at www.conservatoryokc.com.
MC Frontalot bassist Brandon Patton and OKC-based rap-comedy duo The Doppelgangstas (AKA Twinprov) will be opening, according to a news release.
MC Frontalot is the progenitor of nerdcore rap, having coined the term himself in early 2000. Since his first forays into music — online, via the songwriting and recording competition Song Fight! — MC Frontalot’s popularity and influence have continued to spread as his work has matured. Frontalot has played shows across the country and has become a huge draw at comics and gaming conventions like Penny Arcade Expo and Blizzcon. He has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, SPIN and The Wall Street Journal, and was the focus of the documentary “Nerdcore Rising: The Movie” that has played festivals across the country and is now available on DVD.
MC Frontalot’s “Zero Day” maintains not only his centrality in the nerdcore movement, but also his resonance outside the genre. The recording features guest appearances by rock singer-songwriter Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing) and “The Daily Show” humorist John Hodgman as well as the rappers YTCracker, Dual Core, Schaffer the Darklord and Beefy. Together, they expound on a variety of topics, rhyming over funk and electro beats and eclectic instrumentation, including saxophone, flute, kazoo and a banjolele. The album includes odes to online MMORPG Kingdom of Loathing (“Council of Loathing”), a theme song for author and former “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Wil Wheaton (“Your Friend Wil”) as well as self-scrutiny (“A Little Bit Broad” and “Front the Most”). “Zero Day” also features artwork by graphic novelist Jhonen Vasquez (“Invader Zim,” “Johnny the Homicidal Maniac”).
MC Frontalot recently talked about the new album, gaming conventions and the difference between a nerd and a geek in a Q&A on CNN’s SciTechBlog. Click here to read it.
In addition to playing bass under the pseudonym BL4k Lotus for MC Frontalot, Brandon Patton is a songwriter and instrumentalist whose most recent album is “Underhill Downs.” Patton’s previous album, “Should Confusion,” was nominated for album of the year at the 2004 Independent Music Awards. Patton also performs with playwright Prince Gomolvilas in the underground theater duo “Jukebox Stories,” called one of the 10 best plays of 2008 by the East Bay Express. Patton composed the songs for “Love Sucks: the Musical,” a Shakespearean take on the punk rock of the 1970s, which won honorable mention at the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
The Doppelgangstas, Kid Koopernicus and Uncus The Humongous Homunculus, are the rap alter-egos of twin brothers Buck and Clint Vrazel, also known as comedy duo Twinprov. Buck and Clint have been performing and teaching improv for 10 years and excel at blurring the lines between improv, stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. The Vrazels are founding members of numerous local improv troupes and in addition to Twinprov are current members of The Closers, The OKC Improv All-Stars, The Ones Your Mother Warned You About, and “Villain: The Musical!” The Vrazels are also founders of OKC Improv, Oklahoma’s first ongoing showcase for improv comedy and theater.
Inspired by MC Frontalot, Twinprov recently performed their first two concerts as The Doppelgangstas in February and March. The Vrazels will joined on-stage by OKC’s most in-demand improv accompianist, Stephanie (Dr. Spach) Bidelspach, on keyboards.