A genre of music believed to have found its orgins in the late 1970s with new wave, has since evolved to a subculture of alternative rock distinct from Nerdcore. Also known as Geek rock. Popular bands with the nerd rock 'sound' include DEVO, Weezer ( the band perhaps most commonly given the label)and Fountains Of Wayne. Optionally, they can wear thick sweaters. In ways similar to emo.
"Have you heard Weezer's latest album?"
"Um, no, and, like, I'm sooo not gonna. That's, like, nerd rock. Only, like, a total dork would listen to them. Uh."
"You're sooo wrong my preppy friend."