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Two women sitting in woodland with a cello and a guitar.
The Doubleclicks in 2013.
A woman and three men on stage; the woman with a ukulele and one of the men with a guitar.
Jonathan Coulton, Paul & Storm, and Molly Lewis performing at Dragon*Con in September 2011.

Nerd-folk (also known as nerd folk music, nerd folk, geek-folk or dork-folk[1]) is a musical genre derived from filking that features humorous original songs involving geeky topics performed in a folk style. Laser Malena-Webber and Aubrey Turner of The Doubleclicks credit Marian Call and others with creating the genre.[2] The genre is related to filking and other nerd music genres nerdcore (hip hop) and geek rock (alternative rock).[2]

List of nerd-folk artists[edit]

  • Brobdingnagian Bards
  • Marian Call[2]
  • Jonathan Coulton[3]
  • Debs and Errol
  • The Doubleclicks[2][4]
  • Garfunkel and Oates
  • Hank Green
  • Hello, The Future![5]
  • Marc Gunn
  • Misbehavin' Maidens[6]
  • Molly Lewis
  • Paul & Storm[7]
  • The PDX Broadsides[8]
  • The Roches
  • SJ Stephens[9]


  1. Lannamann, Ned (July 31, 2014). "Tonight in Music: Tycho, Alela Diane, the Doubleclicks". Portland Mercury. Sweet and sour dork-folk duo the Doubleclicks went from being a secret handshake band to a national semi-sensation...
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Vondersmith, Jason (16 May 2012). "The Sound of Nerd". Portland Tribune.
  3. Price, Eric (June 30, 2009). "Jonathan Coulton: Internet Famous and Loving Every Minute of It (He Thinks)". Esquire. His music soon became something of a viral hit and, by the end of the year, Coulton had amassed not only a collection of catchy nerd-folk anthems, but a legion of nerd-folk fans willing to pay for them.
  4. Brown, Ruth (September 5, 2012). "Rose City Comic-Con". Willamette Week. Other events include [...] performances by local “nerd-folk” duo the Doubleclicks
  5. Przybys, John (October 29, 2014). "Comic book festival offers array of activities". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Live entertainment will be provided by “nerd-folk” band Hello, the Future! (aka Nicole Dieker)
  6. "Silver-Spring-Based "Nerdy & Dirty" Women's Band Launches Kickstarter for Second Album". Silver Spring Patch. January 3, 2017. The band’s members pride themselves in performing sex-positive and LGBTQA+-friendly music, including nerdy parodies, drinking songs and more for 18+ nerd crowds
  7. Jaffe, Brooke (July 19, 2013). "Neil Gaiman Makes Paul & Storm Apologize to George R. R. Martin". The Mary Sue. In the middle of playing their famous song “Write Like The Wind, George R.R. Martin“, the nerd-folk duo Paul & Storm accidentally summoned the author himself, and he wasn’t happy.
  8. Mohan, Marc (June 4, 2015). "Nerd-folk trio PDX Broadsides hosts CD release party at 'Doctor Who' bar". The Oregonian.
  9. Cortez, Daniella (June 14, 2012). "Music for happy nerdy girls". Anchorage Press. her day job as an engineer for the State of Alaska gives her solid credentials for what one of her friends once described as indie nerd folk

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