If You Build It, They Will Wrock

I once lamented here that I had no idea how to keep track of geek music shows. Well, I’ve got some new heroes. Church emails me to announce
StopStandingStill.net, by Matt S.

The site’s welcome post explains:

SSS is a listing of geek music concerts from all over the world. By clicking the Calendar link, either in the heading or over on the side bar, you’ll see all the listings that we currently have for geeky shows in the near future. The pickings are a little thin at the moment since I’ve primarily been focused on getting the overall site up and running. Over the next couple of weeks though, I plan to continue to flesh out tour dates for other artists.

The longer answer is that SSS is a site dedicated to promoting geek culture as a separate and distinct entity equal to the Mainstream and Underground cultures that dominate our world. Geek culture is not a new idea, but it has gained in popularity over the last several years and it is now time for it to get the recognition that it deserves. While the site is currently focused on only concerts and musical gatherings, my goal is to expand it to include listings for all kinds of various geek gatherings.

Church notes that the site will be covering a variety of genres including nerdcore, chiptunes, VGM (video game music), and Wrock (that’s Wizard Rock, or Harry Potter tributes for the uninitiated). If you’re interested in helping out on the project, they’re looking for it, so go take a gander.

In the long term, I’ll be interested to see where this goes insofar as the geek culture manifesto is concerned, which makes a pretty clear statement about insiders vs. outsiders and “the Geek Community’s” resistance to co-optation. In the meantime, I’m just so thankful that I can finally find some concerts.

2 thoughts on “If You Build It, They Will Wrock

  1. Thank you for the kind words. And being my first link! 🙂

    I’m kind of interested in seeing where the site goes in relation to the manifesto as well. I do think I need to modify the link on that page though. The actual original version of the manifesto can be found here. That provides the context in which it was written, which may shed some light on the us vs them elements of it. I wasn’t trying to be exclusive in any way, just a little annoyed with people passing judgment on things like nerdcore and WRock with out putting them in their proper context. Not to mention the ‘aren’t the nerds silly’ mentality that I keep seeing popping up in the way a lot of the media seems to cover geek culture. (see Time’s recent article on Ron Paul for example)

    Either way, again, thanks for the coverage.

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