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Atmosphere
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  • Ogden Theatre 1 | Denver, CO
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Atmosphere is an American hip-hop group from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The members are rapper Slug (Sean Daley) and DJ/producer Ant (Anthony Davis). Active in various forms since 1993, Atmosphere is one of the most commercially successful and long-lived independent hip hop groups. With the exception of a few tracks on the album “Lucy Ford,” Ant has produced every Atmosphere record. Former member and co-founder Spawn (Derek Turner, now going by the name “Rek The Heavyweight”) left the group after the release of the group's first album, “Overcast!” Their debut album, “Overcast!” was released in 1997 on Rhymesayers Entertainment. The single “Scapegoat” received attention on college radio stations. “God Loves Ugly” followed in 2002 on Rhymesayers Entertainment/Fat Beats Records. The single, “Modern Man's Hustle,” was released on 12” vinyl and reached #18 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. In 2003 “Seven's Travels” was released, their first for Epitaph Records. “Trying to Find a Balance” and “National Disgrace” were released as singles. The album went to #83 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, their first entry on the chart. “You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having” was released in 2005 through Rhymesayers Entertainment. It went to #1 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, while reaching #66 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Their 2008 album, “When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold” was released on Rhymesayers Entertainment. The album went to #5 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart making it their first album to reach the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 and the highest charting release from the independent label Rhymesayers. The album also went to #2 on the Independent Albums chart. In 2011 they released “The Family Sign” which debuted at #13 on the Billboard 200. “The Family Sign” featured keyboardist Erick Anderson and guitarist Nate Collis in addition to the usual contributions from Slug and Ant.

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Atmosphere are a hip-hop group from Minneapolis centering around rapper Slug (aka Sean Daley). The son of a black father and a white mother who divorced when he was a teenager, Slug became entranced with hip-hop, graffiti, and breakdancing, and formed the Rhymesayers collective with two high-school friends -- Siddiq Ali (Stress) and Derek Turner (Spawn). After some early gigs as Urban Atmosphere, where Slug DJed behind Spawn's rhyming, the pair hooked up with producer Ant (Anthony Davis), as well as like-minded locals such as MC Musab, Mr. Gene Poole, and the Abstract Pack, forming an underground hip-hop clique dedicated to freestyling, clever and complex lyrics, and anti-gangsta positivity. In 1998, Atmosphere released their debut album, Overcast!, which quickly became regarded as an underground hip-hop classic thanks to Slug's deeply personal, poetic musings, as well as Ant's bare-bones -- but inventive -- production.The next Atmosphere album was titled Sad Clown Bad Dub II, a 2000 set originally sold while the group was on tour. (Now out of print, it's a highly sought-after collector's item.) A year later, the group released Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP's, a collection of three EPs built around the theme of Slug's complicated relationship with his ex-girlfriend, the lost love of his life. The group has toured consistently, both at home and overseas; while Ant usually doesn't accompany the group on the road, Mr. Dibbs of the group 1200 Hobos often joins in behind the turntables and Slug is usually assisted on the mike by young rappers like the teenaged Eyedea. In June 2002, the group -- down to the duo of Slug and Ant -- unleashed God Loves Ugly, an 18-track effort that returned to previous themes ("F*@k You Lucy"), but also contained the group's most pop-friendly single to date, "Modern Man's Hustle."By this time indie rap superstars, Atmosphere returned with their fourth album, Seven's Travels, in 2003, followed two years later by You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having. The group continued to put music out during the next couple of years, including the free download Strictly Leakage in late 2007, a near-party album that they followed up with When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That S~~t Gold in April 2008, a record that featured plenty of live instrumentation and guest background vocal spots from Tom Waits and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe. The “double-EPâ€* To All My Friends: Blood Makes the Blade Holy appeared in 2010, with the full-length album The Family Sign following in 2011. ~ Dan LeRoy, Rovi

- rovi

In the three years since Atmosphere's dropped a full length record on the world, they've been far from stagnant, staying at the top of their game in every respect. For the better part of two years, Atmosphere toured the globe in support of their critically acclaimed - and #5 Billboard Top 200 charting - album, When LIfe Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold. And in their "spare" time, the group returned home to Minneapolis in 2009 to record their 2010 double EP, To All My Friends, Blood Makes The Blade Holy, an homage to their friends.

In 2011, Atmosphere is taking that feeling one step farther with this long awaited LP, The Family Sign, a tribute to their true extended family: their fans, their loved ones, and each other.

The Family Sign was written early in 2010, and as they sat down to record the record, the Family grew a few times over. In the studio, Atmosphere was joined by long time touring musicians Nate "The Guitar Man" Collis (guitar) and Erick Anderson (keys). At home, 2010 also saw the addition of two real-life children to the Atmosphere family, further inspiring the writing process and the concept, and title, of the album.

The Family Sign comes from a place well refined and firmly planted, from a universal perspective. It's about being okay with losing friends and strengthening your bonds with others, celebrating the person who's been the most positive in your life, your kids, your homies, leaving the people you need to behind, and bringing the ones you love with you. It's about your family, your time and the time you have with them. It's about living and dying. It's the truth about family, that it comes from loyalty as much as biology. It's about breaking down your perceptions of family and really appreciating the people who've made you who you are and continue doing so.

The Family Sign is Atmosphere's most personal and intimate album yet; it involves and engages the listener like never before. Slug's signature voice weaves in and out of Ant's ASR-born production, Nate Collis' bluesy guitar riffs and the sound of Erick Anderson's unmistakable keys giving The Family Sign a fresh, unique edge without sacrificing Atmosphere's signature sound. Join the Family April 12th, 2011.

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Denver, CO 80218 (US)

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