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11.01.14 Madison, WI State Street

Freakfest 2014: Atmosphere, deM atlaS, PROF
7 PM, All Ages, $8 - $10.20, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.02.14 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose Tap House

North of Hell Tour: Atmosphere w/ deM atlaS, PROF, DJ Fundo
8 PM, 19+, $25, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.04.14 Columbia, MO The Blue Note

North of Hell Tour: PROF, deM atlaS, Atmosphere w/ DJ Fundo
7 PM, All Ages , $20 ADV / $22 DOS, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.05.14 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom

North of Hell Tour: PROF, deM atlaS, Atmosphere w/ DJ Fundo
7 PM, All Ages , $25 - $40, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.06.14 Little Rock, AR Juanita's Cantina

North of Hell Tour: PROF, deM atlaS, Atmosphere w/ DJ Fundo
7 PM, All Ages , $20, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.07.14 Austin, TX Auditorium Shores

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Atmosphere
12 PM, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.09.14 Dallas, TX House of Blues

North of Hell Tour: PROF, deM atlaS, Atmosphere w/ DJ Fundo
7 PM, All Ages, $25 - $30, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.10.14 Houston, TX House of Blues

North of Hell Tour: PROF, deM atlaS, Atmosphere w/ DJ Fundo
7 PM, All Ages, $25 - $30, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.11.14 New Orleans, LA Tipitina's

North of Hell Tour: PROF, deM atlaS, Atmosphere w/ DJ Fundo
7 PM, 18+, $25, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.12.14 Atlanta, GA Center Stage

North of Hell Tour: PROF, deM atlaS, Atmosphere w/ DJ Fundo
7 PM, All Ages, $24, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.14.14 Richmond, VA The National

North of Hell Tour: PROF, deM atlaS, Atmosphere w/ DJ Fundo
7 PM, All Ages, $20, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.15.14 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live

North of Hell Tour: PROF, deM atlaS, Atmosphere w/ DJ Fundo
7 PM, All Ages, $25, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.16.14 New York, NY Terminal 5

North of Hell Tour: PROF, deM atlaS, Atmosphere w/ DJ Fundo
7 PM, All Ages, $30, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.17.14 New Haven, CT Toad's Place

North of Hell Tour: PROF, deM atlaS, Atmosphere w/ DJ Fundo
7 PM, 16+, $22.50, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.18.14 Providence, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel

North of Hell Tour: PROF, deM atlaS, Atmosphere w/ DJ Fundo
7 PM, All Ages, $22.50 ADV / $25 DOS, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.20.14 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theater

North of Hell Tour: PROF, deM atlaS, Atmosphere w/ DJ Fundo
7 PM, 21+, $22.50 - $25, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.21.14 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection

North of Hell Tour: PROF, deM atlaS, Atmosphere w/ DJ Fundo
7 PM, All Ages, $25, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.22.14 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom

North of Hell Tour: PROF, deM atlaS, Atmosphere w/ DJ Fundo
7 PM, All Ages, $27.50, get tickets | Facebook Event

11.23.14 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue (SOLD OUT)

North of Hell Tour: Atmosphere
7 PM, 18+, SOLD OUT, Facebook Event

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Latest Release

Atmosphere

Southsiders

Southsiders, the group's eighth studio album, was recorded in south Minneapolis and Oakland and is a shout-out to their native neighborhood. While it is a celebration of Atmosphere's fortitude, it is also deeply introspective and "a very detailed look at my life," says Slug. With Southsiders, the group's unique sound featuring vibrant, live instrumentations and Slug's often-weighty subject matter, continue to push the boundaries of what indie rap can mean.

Southsiders Track Listing:
1. Camera Thief
2. Arthur's Song
3. The World Might Not Live Through The Night
4. Star Shaped Heart
5. I Love You Like A Brother
6. Southsiders
7. Bitter
8. Mrs. Interpret
9. Fortunate
10. Kanye West
11. We Ain't Gonna Die Today
12. My Lady Got Two Men
13. Flicker
14. January On Lake Street
15. Let Me Know That You Know What You Want Now

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- Spin
- Pitchfork
- Okayplayer
- HipHopDX: 1 | 2
- Filter Magazine: 1 | 2
- The Current
- The A.V. Club
- MetroMag
- City Pages
- AbsolutePunk
- Buzznet
- CMJ
- Exclaim.ca
- Brainer Magazine
- Associated Content
- XXL Mag
- BBC

Minneapolis is known for many things — pretty lakes, the Mall of America, lutefisk. But 17 years ago, hip-hop act Atmosphere transformed the city into something else entirely: a nexus from which underground rap spiraled-out to the masses. And thanks to the duo’s indefatigable touring habits, Top 20-charting albums, and their galvanizing artist-owned label Rhymesayers (MF Doom, Aesop Rock), they’re still pushing the boundaries of what indie rap can mean.

It’s with that overachieving-underdog spirit that MC Sean “Slug” Daley and producer Anthony “Ant” Davis have named Atmosphere’s eighth studio album Southsiders (out May 6, 2014), a shout-out to their native neighborhood. Because, says Slug, “We have spent the majority of our career — God, we can call it a career! — repping the south side of Minneapolis pretty hard.”

While Southsiders is a celebration of the group’s fortitude, it is also a deeply introspective, and sometimes conflicted, work. “It’s a natural progression from the last record, The Family Sign, which was about growing my family,” says Slug, now a father to three, who finds himself contemplating mortality. “I’m starting to think, ‘What is post–family man? What am I supposed to rap about now?’ I’m sticking to my roots, rapping about what I’m doing, what I think about. This record is — much like the other ones — a very detailed look at my life.”

The album captures everything from a blazing, anthemic takedown in “Southsiders,” to the ebb-and-flow of loss in the sauntering “Arthur’s Song,” to emotional abandon in the rousing “Kanye West.” The latter — and its mantra, “put your hands in the air like you really do care” — is a high-five to the rapper whose emotional reactions are often misperceived as not caring. Say Slug, “I wanted to write a song about loving something so much that you submit to the moment."

All told, Southsiders took about ten months to complete. During that time, “I spent a lot of time agonizing over every detail, every word,” Slug says. He and Ant started out writing together in a Minneapolis basement. But these days, they trade tracks back and forth over email, with Ant triggering the creative flow by offering skeletons of songs.

Where Slug is the stalwart perfectionist, Ant persists as his healthy foil, finding beauty in sonic flaws. Says Slug: “He gives me the room to be as anal as I can be, even though he’s usually like, ‘Okay man, it’s okay. Let it go.’ He is the voice of reason I listen to.” Ant’s behind-the-board acumen is also key to Atmosphere’s unique sound: the live instrumentations provide vibrant tonal contrast to Slug’s often-weighty subject matter. Such as in album’s first single, “Bitter”: A condemnation of self-entitlement, it’s set, intriguingly, against sly synth percolations.

Much of Slug’s songwriting agony stems from his need to translate things he relates to into universal messages — which is why even after all these years, Atmosphere remains relevant in the rap game. “Do I want to leave a legacy of, ‘Oh, that guy was really dope. He figured out how to rhyme astral projections with gastral infections’? Or do I want to be a positive energy source for the movement in general?” Slug says. “There is purpose behind what I do than just talking about me.” And how does that impact his rhymes now? “Well,” he points out, “I have to keep things realistic: making sure the gross stuff represented itself as gross, and that the beautiful stuff stays beautiful.”