Protomen | Local 506 | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

Clubs & Concerts


When: Mon., March 26, 9 p.m. 2012

Nashville's The Protomen—a 10-strong Mega Man-themed rock opera built on early-'80s synth-tinted prog structures—bridges the potentially conflicting worlds of music and gaming. At first this sounds like a nerdifying of music, sure, but think about it: Hasn't gaming mainstreamed substantially in the past 10 years or so? And hasn't indie rock become increasingly connoisseur-friendly and even purposefully inaccessible on some levels? Matched with something as widespread and accessible as 8-bit nostalgia, independent music doesn't seem—let's face it—as nerdy anymore. Elaborate costumes and onstage melodrama establish an impressively complete Blade Runner-meets-The Running Man illusion in a live show that is a must-see. Bring $12—and maybe a Power Glove—at 9 p.m. —Corbie Hill

Price: $12

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