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Tenacius D cause we know those guys are big old nerds AND The Protomen will be doing three shows with them in Toronto. In other Protomen news, they are releasing a live tribute to Queen called A Night of Queen.
Also the band Nerf Herder that preforms the song "Chewbacca" from the movie Clerks and The Bloodhound Gang (with songs like "Fire Water Burn" and "Mope.")
Tripod are, I gather, not well known outside Australia. They do many geeky songs, including "Hot Girl in the Comic Shop", "On Behalf of All the Geeks", "Science Facts are Useful", "Star Wars Love Song" and "X-Box Song"
Tom Lehrer wrote a lot of geeky stuff from "Masochism Tango" to "Verner Von Braun". He also wrote songs about math like "New Math" and "Lobachevsky". He is (or was) a math teacher in the UC system.
Devo wrote a lot of nerdy music, "Whip It", "Smart Patrol" and "Mongoloid" fit this well.
The Protomen are an outstanding rock band with two geek-themed concept albums, both based on Mega Man. The self-titled album, The Protomen, tells the basic story of the first two Mega Man games while their second album, Act 2: The Father of Death is a prequel that focuses on Dr. Light and Dr. Wiley when they were younger and how Dr. Wiley assumed control of the city by using Dr. Light's robots. They are excellent in concert and put on a very theatrical show. You can compare them to bands like Styx and Rush. They even have a member named Kilroy, who wears the Kilroy mask featured in the videos for Styx's Kilroy Was Here and they performed an awesome cover of Mr. Roboto.
I'd also have to include Styx as honorable mention considering albums like Kilroy Was Here. I'll also have to second Rush as a geek favorite.
Other notable bands/artists would be Tool (The song Lateraelus is based on the Golden Ratio), Nightwish (who have songs based on Lord of the Rings, Beauty and the Beast, and pretty much every major Disney animated feature), Voltaire (who is well known for singing songs about Star Trek at Dragon Con), and They Might Be Giants (whose signature song is Constantinople).
Metal band dressed as though KISS accidentally fell into a SuperNES?
Had enough cred to open for Sonata Arctica and get on the Summer Slaughter Tour?
Worth mentioning for anyone that wants to headbang whilst getting their "geek" on.
While their music may not be geek or nerd lyrically, dude is an avid comic book collector and also had a custom 10-piece drum kit put together with several comic book artists providing artwork. I'd think that should give him at least a nod for being awesome.
What about Dualcoremusic? He's played at the EFF's Party in Vegas for Defcon. I've also seen him at Notacon, ShmooCon, Ohio Linuxfest, and Derbycon! What makes him special is that he's one of the community! I forgot He aslo has done talks about making evil PDF's and Anti-forensics. :)
Ditto on the Brian May.
Also, Rush wrote songs about relativity from a philosophical perspective (Natural Science), black holes (Cygnus X-1), and the forthcoming album is (I believe) a steampunk concept album. Their heyday of mainstream acceptance may have been the early '80s, but Rush is still making music by, for, and about geeks (also by, for, and the snow dog).
and started selling his homemade 'onboard signal-processing tech' to music retailers. His tone-circuits and familiar-looking/sounding guitars are available at Musician'sFriend and other online or B/M music stores. BTW, inventor/guitarist Les Paul (the only man in THREE separate Halls of Fame), was the original archetypal "Rocker Geek'--and thought up such now-taken-for-granted concepts as 'multi-track recording', and inventions from the 'reverb tank' to the now-ubiquitous 'solid-bodied electric guitar'....Like Mary Ford, though, he's *not* "still recording original stuff".