Atmosphere – Tickets – Trocadero Theatre – Philadelphia, PA – May 6th, 2015

Atmosphere

Fortunate Tour

Atmosphere

B Dolan, deM atlaS, DJ Adatrak

Wed 05/06

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Trocadero Theatre

$24.00 - $26.00

This event is all ages

An AEG Live Event

Atmosphere
Atmosphere
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.”
B Dolan
B Dolan
An American rapper, activist, and performance artist, based in Hanton City, Rhode Island. B. Dolan's music is often genre-defying; though his work bears a clear hip-hop influence, it has been known to incorporate extremely diverse elements of rapping, storytelling, clowning, and absurdist theatre, among others.
deM atlaS
Joshua Evans first began his journey penning poems as a
freshman in high school. After four years of being the frontman of his
high school band, he made a decision to go solo. deM atlaS was born.
Evans describes Dem Atlas as having two sides, despite only being one
person.

"It's sort of like there's two of us," Evans says. "Dem is the
unenlightened and ignorant side, whereas Atlas is the mythic, holy
figure in control; he is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-seeing."

Dem used his musical experiences to propel himself into different textures
and sounds of music, ranging from Folk to Alt-Rock to Hip Hop. Moved
by art, friendship and spirituality, deM atlaS conveys through his
music the duality between Man & God, Ignorance & Brilliance,
Enlightenment & Obscurity.

Having spent the last year performing in and around Minneapolis
in support of his early 2013 debut EP release, Charle Brwn,
deM atlaS is ready to deliver his messages to a broader landscape.

City Pages' Jack Spencer comments on the EP:

"With a style that recalls underground West Coast legends like the
Pharcyde and Freestyle Fellowship, Dem Atlas brings crazy energy and
positive vibes to every track he touches. The quick-paced flow and
melodic voicing smoothly floats along beats as he talks about his
inner thoughts and feels a kinship with Charlie Brown. Charle Brwn
packs a big punch and a lot of emotion into a relatively short work,
and solidifies deM atlaS as a rapper to whom you should pay close
attention.
Venue Information:
Trocadero Theatre
1003 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
http://www.thetroc.com/

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