Archive for the ‘Insects vs Robots’ Category

See Micah Nelson Insects vs Robots @ Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

Sunday, June 29th, 2014


“Texas July 2013 with Kris Kristofferson – we’re super psyched to be playing Willie’s 4th of July Picnic again next week in Ft. Worth!” — Insects vs Robots

Micah Nelson and Insects vs Robots @ Sweetwater (July 23, 2014)

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

ivr dark-shirt-2

Insects vs Robots
Wed, July 23, 2014
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 p.m

IVR is a psychotropicturesque quasi-nomadic music tribe roaming the jungles of Los Angeles. They employ violin, charango, guitar, drums, bass, voice, harp, banjo, kazoo, harmonium, saran wrap, sitar, megaphone, and other sonic confibulations to weave landscapes of otherworldly, folksy, and volcanic rock music. Their performance causes audiences to enter a state of frenzied joyous dancing, leaping, frothing, singing, moshing, and bewilderment. Having entered into their world, I have peered into the strange polyphonic canyons of their realm, and have no choice but to remain and chronicle their journey. I will not be returning to civilization.”

 —From the recovered Field Notebook of missing Anthropologist Dr. Theophrastus Bombastus III

Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941

Vinyl-y!!! Our records are here!!! Micah Nelson @insectsvsrobots

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Vinyl-y!!! Our records are here!!! @insectsvsrobots

Micah Nelson and the Insects vs Robots have a new album out, and the vinyl recordings have arrived and are available for sale.  To get your copy of the album, or to see their tour schedule, visit their web site.


Vinally!!! Our vinyl records are here at last!! Get one online at or at any upcoming @insectsvsrobots gatherings!! Next one is LA Psych Fest tomorrow 5/10!!! Also we will be at Timewarp records opening party tonight !!! Come get some !!! #timewarprecords #rtirecordtechnology

Micah Nelson, Insects vs Robots: New album! on Tour!

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014


Insects vs Robots has a new album, available on ITunes, and available to order (in limited quantity) on cassettes and vinyl at their website.  Follow the band on FaceBook, or Twitter.  The band is so advanced they probably have other ways of communicating directly with you from their heads to yours, but I don’t plan on getting that involved.  I am crazy about this band and their music, and continually amazed by the art of J. Micah Nelson. Check his art out at his website, and here’s some chances to see the band; see them when you can. Their shows are greatly entertaining; they are all so talented, in many ways.

Jan. 23, Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice, CA

Feb 24, The Echo (opening for Kera & the Lesbians), Echo Park, CA

March 11, Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice CA

March 13, SXSW Heartbreaker Banquet, Luck, TX

March 25, Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice CA

April 2, The Wiltern (opening for Willie Nelson) , Los Angeles, CA


Photo of black-light banners  created by Micah Nelson for the band Flosstradamus ‘s stage setup.  The stage theme is a grow room.  See more of Micah’s art at his website.

Micah Nelson and Insects vs Robots: Halloween Show in Hollywood TONIGHT! (New album streaming live, too!)

Thursday, October 31st, 2013


Halloween show TONITE!
October 31, 2013
The Lyric Theater
520 N. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA


New Album Out!

Listen to an exclusive preview of the band’s new album, streaming live at TEAM COCO now.

Team Coco’s “Fresh Noise” is like a secret club with tomorrow’s hot new music, and absolutely no hand stamps. We’re proud to premiere the trippy new self-titled album from retro-psychedelic rockers Insects vs Robots, which won’t be available until Nov. 5th.

You can pre-order Insects vs Robots on


Funded by fans via, the focused but frenzied six-track, self-titled collection is mixed, mastered and almost out the door. All it awaits are the finalization of business details and the completion of band-created multimedia touches that will complete the multi-sensory Insects vs. Robots experience. A limited-edition vinyl pressing will feature original cover art by IvR violinist Nikita Sorokin, band-created artwork, while the digital release will encompass videos inspired by the music. But “right now we are just sending the digital album to industry folks and labels,” says band member J. Micah Nelson.


The new record finds Insects vs. Robots further exploring their musical horizons. The three-part, eleven-minute epic, “Eucatastrophe” exemplifies the band’s creative rekindling. Starting in barefoot acoustic territory, it’s a push-and-pull through feverish peaks and mellow valleys. “I’d originally written it on charango,” Micah says, “then [guitarist] Milo [Gonzalez] ran with it and we brought it to the band. Once everyone gave their input, it became really beautiful.” Actually, most of the songs – like schizophrenic “Time to Rest” and freaky “Fej Gruv” – materialized that way. “Sometimes the foundations or skeletons of our songs just pop up out of the ground during jams or manifest out of thin air like spirits,” Micah says. “We have to catch them and then add the flesh and blood… and get to really know what their souls are.”

Never ones to rest on laurels, Insects vs. Robots also played several shows in New York as preparation for a tour behind the still-unnamed album. Prior to their appearance at Farm Aid 2013 on September 21, IvR played in Port Chester with Willie Nelson (Micah’s father). Afterward, the group planned to play a show or two on their own in NY. They even worked on their days off. “We played on Sirius XM radio,” says Micah of Insects vs. Robots’ appearance on Freewheelin’, which aired September 24 on Sirius XM channel 128, Road Dog Trucking Radio. And in true IvR fashion, “We then busked in Washington Square Park and made new fans/friends.”

Switching coasts, the band headed to California for shows in southern California and a performance at the 27th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Insects vs. Robots will take the side stage at the all-acoustic event on Sunday, October 27 just prior to performances starting on the main stage at 2:00pm. The concert, which will feature Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, The Killers, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, fun., Heart and Jenny Lewis, benefits the nonprofit school founded by Neil and Pegi Young for children with severe speech and physical impairments

Insects vs. Robots, whose collective talents include illustration, painting, animation, poetry and filmmaking, are also continue to work on a video game – IvR: Tone Quest. In addition, the band is developing ideas for music videos, creating a new t-shirt design from Micah’s illustrations and developing new merchandise to sell at shows.

Insects vs. Robots formed in 2008, immediately birthing “a universe for creative people.” Their sound – a swirling vortex of trippy sounds – acoustic and electric guitars, vocals and vocalizations, bass, violin, percussion and far-out effects – fuels communal, inclusive performances that make instant fans of anyone in attendance.

Insects vs. Robots is Tony “Grandma” Peluso (drums, synths, screams), Milo Gonzalez (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, engineering), Jeff “FEJ” Smith (bass, grooves), J. Micah Nelson (charango, guitar, vocals, percussion, vocals, noises, whispers, drums), and Nikita Sorokin (violin, guitar, vocals, whispers, screams).

Micah Nelson and Insects and Robots, at Farm Aid 2013, Saratoga Springs, NY (9/21/13)

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