Monday, February 25, 2008

Atmosphere going on tour

If five releases from Atmosphere in less than a year doesn't have you already convinced that Minneapolis' Slug and Ant are the hardest working men in the biz, 19 North American tour dates through April and May across the US and Canada should set the record straight. In addition to the three Sad Clown EPs and free full length digital release, Strictly Leakage, Atmosphere will be touring in support of their sixth upcoming studio full length, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (April 22nd, Rhymesayers). Atmosphere's notoriously energy driven and sold-out shows have brought the band to New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Europe in years past and this round they'll be premiering new material to North America fans first. Full list of confirmed dates are below.

What we will be sending out is a CD/DVD combo that covers the last 10 years of Atmosphere. The CD will contain a 12-track 'Greatest Hits' type of compilation and the DVD will feature a mixed bag of performances and music videos plus a video rollout of the When Life Gives You Lemons... artwork and children's book.

When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, will mark Atmosphere’s most complete album to date. Recorded in the dead of Winter, and influenced by fatherhood, Slug’s storytelling and ant’s lush melodies have never been more poignant. A limited edition run of When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold will be packaged as a 40 page hard cover black fabric book with gold embossing. In addition to lyrics, credits and an illustrated children's story written by Slug, the deluxe package will include a bonus DVD with over an hour of live footage and extras from the final shows of the Everybody Loves A Clown tour shot at First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, with Dolby 5.1 surround audio.

Slug and Ant have started running a video blog series where fans send in questions and they answer them called "Paint It Gold." They'll be launching a new webisode each week leading into release of When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold and the debut webisode is up now here:

Confirmed Tour Dates:
04.22 Chicago, IL The Metro
04.23 Chicago, IL The Metro
04.24 Toronto, ON Opera House
04.26 Boston, MA The Roxy
04.27 New York, NY Webster Hall
04.29 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
05.02 Austin, TX Emo’s
05.03 Austin, TX Emo’s
05.05 Phoenix, AZ Marquis Theater
05.06 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre
05.07 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre
05.08 San Francisco, CA The Regency
05.09 San Francisco, CA The Regency
05.12 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
05.13 Seattle, WA Showbox
05.14 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
05.16 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
05.17 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
05.18 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre

"Slug's incisive rhymes go not only for the heart, but the throat, as well." - ALTERNATIVE PRESS

"Rapper Slug and producer Ant of Atmosphere are veterans of making great rap records." - XLR8R

"Slug gets serious on the mic, channeling heroes BDP and PE. Ant represents better than ever on the production tip, rocking soul samples like an underground Kanye." - URB MAGAZINE

"Slug Daley... sounds refreshingly unconcerned with ice, bling, or gats. Instead, as his dj ODs on soul samples, Slug sweats the girls who don't call him back, worries what his son thinks of him, and wonders whether he's getting too old for this rap shit. He's not." - MAXIM

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