I'm a bit of a nerd about some things, although I prefer the term "geek" myself. I'm a film geek, of course. I've worked as a technical writer and editor, and I know my blogger slang. I'm married to a Linux developer, which would make anyone a geek. So I felt right at home with the documentary Nerdcore Rising, even though I had never heard about the hip-hop subgenre "nerdcore" before or the primary subject of the film, MC Frontalot. I can't resist a guy who rhymes "braggadocio" and "Ralph Macchio" in a song.
Nerdcore Rising uses the standard "road trip around America" structure to show us MC Frontalot's first nationwide tour in 2006. The nerdcore rapper is more used to recording his music than performing it live, but gathers a band to tour from the small college-town bars in South Carolina to the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle. We get to see the usual trials and tribulations of a band on tour -- missing or damaged equipment (an opening act spills fake blood all over the drum set at one gig), MC Frontalot's chronic back injury (I loved the scene where he tries to explain what he does to a medical professional), and the lone groupie who follows them for several states. None of this is especially new, but the band members are funny enough to keep you interested, especially if you like group Wookie imitations.