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Seth Kubersky travels into the dark heart of nerdcore

Throw the new platter on your turntable and you'll find 10 tunes with trademark Marc With a C wit. Together, they tell the tale of Brian, a misanthropic Wisconsinite who loses his law-student girlfriend, goes on a flossing binge and eventually starts a squid-worshiping cult. While the songs work well as a rock album – Sirdoreus says it began as "five good songs [that I] didn't see how they'd fit next to each other" – you really want to see Marc With a C perform them live, just to hear the backstories he shares between songs. (For instance: "You're My Princess," a perversely peppy little love ditty, was written, recorded and uploaded to YouTube during an Ambien-induced stupor.)

Sirdoreus has no immediate plans to tour, saying "touring scares the living shit out of me … I'm too old to sleep on a floor." But hopefully he'll be back onstage in an Orlando theater soon; in 2009 he appeared in Wallflower Theater's Sex Times Three at GOAT's now-defunct Cherry Street space, and he's now in preliminary talks to perform a one-man evening of music and storytelling. Until then, I'll leave you with Marc's exhortation to his audience at the end of his set: "When trolling and negativity are the spirit of the time, the most punk-rock thing you can do is just be nice." If that's the ethos of the new nerd, sign me up.

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