MC Chris is a nerd who raps, but don’t file him under the nerdcore tag. While he may pen songs about Dungeons & Dragons and Star Wars, the 34-year-old rapper would prefer you didn’t associate him with the geeky subgenre. Unless you’re 60 Minutes: The news program interviewed Chris for a special on nerd culture last year. But you can’t really blame the dude for wanting to be excluded from nerdcore. Besides MC Frontalot, who coined the term, there’s not a lot of skilled rhymers in the bunch. Of course, MC Chris isn’t exactly Chuck D either. His rap career essentially blossomed out of his role as MC Pee Pants on Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Sure, it’s funny in a cartoon, but not everyone can stomach that high-pitched voice for an entire album. Still, there’s a legion of fans who can. Without the help of a record label, Chris manages to attract a fair amount of attention; the buzz even landed him a spot on the Vans Warped Tour the past two years. Regardless of what you call it, MC Chris’ gimmicks seem to be working. Whole Wheat and Fight Dragons open at 10 p.m. at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216.321.5588). Tickets: $12 advance, $14 day of show. — Eddie Fleisher

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