- 6.24.16Atmosphere Freshwater Fly Fishermen Tour On Sale Today!
- 6.23.16New Video "Ringo" by Atmosphere
- 6.22.16Atmosphere Announces New Album Fishing Blues Pre Order Now!
- 5.11.16Atmosphere's "Windows" (Featuring PROF)
- 4.20.16New Atmosphere Featuring Grieves: "Fireflies"
|07.02.16||Chicago, IL||Oakwood Beach|
Mamby on the Beach 2016 (Day 1): Atmosphere w/ Chet Faker, Milky Chance Chromeo, Animal Collective, Santigold, Lupe Fiasco, Tycho, Tale of Us, Seth Troxler, Loco Dice, Black Coffee, Hannah Wants, Steve Bugs, Mayer Hawthorne, Kaytranada, Lido, Miami Horror, Betty Who, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Gallant, FKJ, Ryan Hemsworth, K.Flay, Chrome Sparks, Bishop, Small Black and Jerry Folk!
Pipe Fest: Atmosphere, Evidence, Dilated Peoples, Atmosphere, Dilated Peoples, CHEEK, Immortal Technique, Mick Jenkins w/ Atomirotta, Aurora, Brädi, Elastinen, JVG, Kasmir, Mikael Gabriel, Nikke Ankara, Roope Saliminen & Koirat and Rähinä Special!
|07.23.16||Helsinki, FI||Tavastia Club|
|08.06.16||Gilford, NH||Bank of New Hampshire Pavillion|
Pretty Lights Live featuring Atmosphere: Atmosphere w/ PRETTY LIGHTS
TIPPER Twilight Set
With Special Guests
WAX FUTURE and OUTLET
|08.13.16||Somerset, WI||Somerset Amphitheater|
Summer Set Music & Camping Festival 2016: Atmosphere w/ Skrillex
Chance the Rapper + the Social Experiment
Rufus Du Sol
Black Tiger Sex Machine
Eryn Allen Kane
Lewis Del Mar
More acts TBA
|08.19.16||Wasaga Beach, ON||Festival Square|
|09.02.16||Morrison, CO||Red Rocks Amphitheater|
|09.08.16||Winnipeg, MB||Garrick Centre|
|09.09.16||Saskatoon, SK||O'Brian's Event Centre|
|09.10.16||Calgary, AB||Elliston Park|
One Love Music Festival: Atmosphere w/ Big Sean, Earl Sweatshirt, Ty Dolla $ign, Jazz Cartier, Marc. E Bassy, Earthgang, J.I.D., KOTD Battle, Eazy Mac, Le Seul, Mitchell Lawler & Conch, Q-Benjamin, K-Riz, A.Y.E. & The Extraordinary Gentlemen, Jam, Phareke, Billy Bishop, Jay Fetch, Universal Soul Dance Crew, DJ-C-SIK & Scratcher Calgary, Bugsy Brown, DJ Newboy, Beni J, ...and the One Love Dancers.
|09.11.16||Edmonton, AB||Union Hall|
|09.13.16||Victoria, BC||Sugar Nightclub|
|09.14.16||Vancouver, BC||Commodore Ballroom|
|09.15.16||Seattle, WA||Showbox SoDo|
|09.17.16||Portland, OR||Roseland Theater|
|09.18.16||Bend, OR||Midtown Ballroom|
|09.19.16||Oakland, CA||Fox Theater|
|09.20.16||San Francisco, CA||The Masonic|
|09.23.16||San Diego, CA||Observatory North Park|
|09.24.16||Los Angeles, CA||Shrine LA (Outdoors)|
|09.26.16||Tempe, AZ||The Marquee|
|09.28.16||Santa Fe, NM||Sante Fe Brewing Company|
|09.30.16||Salt Lake City, UT||The Complex|
|10.01.16||Boise, ID||Knitting Factory Concert House|
|10.02.16||Missoula, MT||The Wilma|
|10.03.16||Billings, MT||Babcock Theatre|
|10.05.16||Fargo, ND||Fargo Civic Center|
|10.06.16||Omaha, NE||Sokol Auditorium|
|10.08.16||Nashville, TN||Nashville Municipal Auditorium|
Pretty Lights Live featuring Atmosphere: Atmosphere, PRETTY LIGHTS
with special guests Artifakts and Maddy O'Neal.
|11.07.16||Montreal, QC||Fairmount Théâtre|
|11.09.16||Portland, ME||State Theatre|
|11.10.16||South Burlington, VT||Higher Ground - Ballroom|
|11.11.16||New Haven, CT||Toad's Place|
|11.12.16||Philadelphia, PA||Theater of The Living Arts (TLA)|
|11.14.16||Washington, DC||9:30 Club|
|11.15.16||New York, NY||Webster Hall|
|11.17.16||Boston, MA||House of Blues|
|11.18.16||Pittsburgh, PA||Stage AE|
|11.19.16||Cleveland, OH||House of Blues|
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Minneapolis hip hop heroes Atmosphere have announced their seventh studio album Fishing Blues, out August 12th on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Producer Ant and lyricist / rapper Slug have been making music together as Atmosphere for over 20 years and have managed to continually tweak and strive to perfect their formula, while neither straying too far off their path, nor resorting to playing it safe and that holds true on the new set. Fishing Blues is a collection of songs that both define and redefine the Atmosphere sound and features 18 new tracks written and produced by Atmosphere with appearances from DOOM, Aesop Rock, Kool Keith, The Grouch, deM atlaS, and more.
01 - Like A Fire
02 - Ringo
03 - Besos
04 - Pure Evil (feat. I.B.E)
05 - Perfect
06 - Seismic Waves
07 - Next To You (feat. deM atlaS)
08 - The Shit That We’ve Been Through
09 - When The Lights Go Out (feat. DOOM & Kool Keith)
10 - No Biggie
11 - Everything
12 - Chasing New York (feat. Aesop Rock)
13 - Sugar
*Some music available for streaming on Twitch: [read more]
- HipHopDX: 1 | 2
- Filter Magazine: 1 | 2
- The Current
- The A.V. Club
- City Pages
- Brainer Magazine
- Associated Content
- XXL Mag
Defining success is not an exact science by any means. In some ways, it’s especially difficult to quantify one’s success when they have a job that places them in the public eye, a position that is ripe for critique and high expectations. Perhaps those who best thrive in those scenarios are the ones who can navigate through all noise and continue to evolve and grow, both in their skill sets and as individuals.
In many ways, that is an integral part of the Atmosphere story. Over their twenty-year career they have managed to continually tweak and strive to perfect their formula, while neither straying too far off their path, nor resorting to playing it safe. Starting at 1997’s Overcast, the group’s first official album, and traveling through 18 years of new albums, side projects (e.g. the Sad Clown series and Felt), and various collaborations, all the way up until 2014’s Southsiders album, Atmosphere’s music has evolved in a way that differs from many of their peers and predecessors. A hard look at that evolution doesn’t reveal the commonalities of following trends or struggling to fit in, by either over-extending in an effort to stay cool to the younger generation, or succumbing to the pressure people tend to place on artists to maintain the same sound from album to album. Instead, the Atmosphere discography evolves in a natural way.
Musically, Ant has continued to define Atmosphere’s sound, ranging from a healthy mixture of upbeat and fun, to the oft more iconic, moody and personal. Through out the 1990s, Ant spent countless hours in his basement with a wealth of records, a keyboard sampler, a turntable and a 4-track, working with a who’s who of the Twin Cities’ Rap talent of that time. Those experiences tuned his ear, molded his work ethic, and shaped his vision. In turn, those lessons have continually become more prominent in the Atmosphere aesthetic, blending live musicians and sampled production with his keen sense of how to compose a well-arranged song. As for the lyrics, Slug started his passion for rhyming with an obsessive-like penchant for the way words intersect, as well as how those words can be manipulated for unexpected and clever meanings. But, at the same time, early on Slug expressed an interest in doing more than simply proving he could be witty, but also writing about subjects that speak to people personally, as well as emotionally. These practices also naturally helped the Atmosphere fan base to expand beyond the usual independent Hip Hop audience, extending their reach to an alternative audience who also related to the personable appeal and emotional range of both Slug’s songwriting and Ant’s musical backdrops. Particularly, Slug has been consistently successful in leveraging his understanding for the power of words, recognizing that a song containing the right story or personal perspective can be extremely effective in capturing and holding the listener’s attention.
Undoubtedly, the impact of Atmosphere’s music has been the roots to their long-term success, but their continued rigorous touring and performance schedule has been the vessel for engraining these stories and the legacy of the music into their fan base. Early on in their careers, Atmosphere stepped beyond the genre lines and performed shows through out the Twin Cities with Rock bands, Punk Rock bands, and Jazz Ensembles. This was directly influenced by the fact that both of them were already fans of a wide range of music. Although this was a natural reaction to being a fan of the music, that experience also afforded Atmosphere, and their Rhymesayers peers, the opportunity to witness first-hand the D.I.Y ethos shared by some of these other musical movements. Atmosphere began to apply many of these tactics and work ethics to their growth, which was specifically influential in the development of Atmosphere’s approach to touring. These strategies found Atmosphere expanding their tours into cities that few, if any, Rap artists were including in their routing. The result is a storied connection between the artists and the listeners, which has grown into long-term Atmosphere fans passing down that experience to their children and so on, and thus continually ushering in a new generation of Atmosphere fans. Early on in their touring excursions, Atmosphere shows were noted in history for challenging the idea that Hip Hop audiences had to be filled exclusively with scowl-faced males fueled by ego and testosterone. Instead they created an environment that invited women to join in on the party. All of these factors have led to a fan base that ranges from ages 14-54 and beyond, and one that remains solid, as well as ever evolving.
As Atmosphere steps into their 21st year of making music, Slug & Ant show no signs of slowing, compromising or losing sight of their vision. Nor has time revealed any diminishing of those qualities that have brought them this far. As 2016 swung into gear, Atmosphere had already ended the previous year and led into another with a string of singles, and still have an abundance of music on the way, including their latest album, “Fishing Blues”. The title of the new album speaks directly to the sentiments that opened this bio; Is this the point in the career where Atmosphere chooses to step back, put up the Gone Fishin’ sign and reminisce about their successes? The answer, a resounding no, is found in the music, a collection of songs that both define and redefine the Atmosphere sound. Their passion and creative spark are as illuminate as ever. Slug and Ant still have plenty of stories to tell…