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Coulton Plays Birchmere... And Stops By The Post

Mike Musgrove

Internet rock star Jonathan Coulton often says, fondly, that his fans are a bunch of geeks.

Turns out, judging from last night's turnout at the Birchmere, he's right. After the lights went back up after his (terrific) performance, the house looked like a big chess or math club meeting, or perhaps a tech convention. I don't want to fall into a habit of judging people by their T-shirts, but let's just say there were a lot of folks with shirts bearing humorous mathematical equations or computer hardware maker logos.

Coulton, playing solo with his guitar, joked about what it's like to be Web famous and worked through a setlist of some of his most popular, most downloaded songs, such as the audience singalong number about zombies, "Re: Your Brains." This being a Web savvy crowd, everybody got the joke when he managed to incorporate a rickroll into his song Mr. Fancypants.

Coulton was nice enough to stop by the Post's offices during this week's visit to DC, joining us on our weekly tech podcast to talk about technology and his slice of Web fame. He also played us out with a lovely version of one of his most well-known tunes, "Code Monkey."

Check it out.

By Mike Musgrove  |  May 22, 2009; 12:48 PM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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"After the lights went back up after his (terrific) performance, the house looked like a big chess or math club meeting, or perhaps a tech convention"

Hey, I resemble that comment!

Very cool, glad to see JoCo getting some attention in the mainstream press. You should get Paul and Storm in sometime; they're from the area and still live here. I find that they add a lot to Jonathan Coulton's performances with good banter and a great opening act.

Posted by: Joran | May 27, 2009 6:55 PM

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