Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Atmosphere & Tantric news - albums and tours

Atmosphere's sixth studio full length When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold is in stores today. Atmosphere is booked as MTV's 52/52 ARTIST FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 5th! 52/52 is a way for MTV to give unprecedented exposure to unsigned artists, indie bands and established acts on major labels in a completely new and innovative way. MTV handpicks 1 band/artist per week for an entire year and gives them the equivalent of over 11 hrs of on-air promo inventory per week on the channel. Look for Atmosphere performing on Late Night w/Conan O'Brien Weds, May 21st.

Eleven years after becoming the first hip-hop act to put the Twin Cities on the map, Atmosphere has grown into one of the most accomplished MC/producer duos around. Between Slug and Ant, they’ve released six albums, 11 Sad Clown tour albums and various side-projects like Felt — amounting in well over a million units sold. And along the way have performed to sold-out crowds everywhere from modest sized venues in their hometown to colossal festivals in Japan. Since releasing their 1997 debut, Overcast!, Ant’s ASR-born melodic beats and Slug’s open book and observational style of rapping continues to evolve into hip-hop that’s more honest — more textured. And the praise for these Rhymesayers pioneers hasn’t stopped flowing in.

2008 marks an unprecedented year for Rhymesayers and Atmosphere as they prepare for Soundset 2008, the official Midwest Kick-off festival of the summer with eight hours of the best independent Hip Hop music in one day.

Soundset 2008 takes place Sunday, May 25th in the Metrodome Parking Lot with Atmosphere headlining amongst many rap notables from the Rhymesayers roster and beyond.

New Atmosphere Videos:
"Shoulda Known":

Slug Interviewed on IFC's "Lunch Box":

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
04.28 Philadelphia, PA
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
05.25 Minneapolis, MN Metrodome Parking Lot - Soundset 08


The Louisville, KY platinum selling hard rock band TANTRIC make their triumphant return to the scene with The EndBegins, in stores today. Working yet again with Producer and ‘6th band member,’ Toby Wright (Slayer, Alice In Chains,Korn, Corrosion of Conformity) the band has created a sound that hits you hard and sticks in your head.

The First single, "Down & Out" is currently at #24 and climbing on the BDS Active Rock chart and is getting significant airplay at both the Active and Alternative Rock stations across the country. Leading the way are WRIF/Detroit, WIYY/Baltimore, KOMP/Las Vegas, WRZX/Indianapolis, WXTX/Pittsburgh, Music Choice, Sirius & XM.

The story of TANTRIC is far from over. One listen to the band’s brand new material and it all begins again! The End Begins truly closes the door on what TANTRIC used to be and shows rock fans everywhere what can be done with talent, passion and a unique take on what modern Rock & Roll should sound like. The End Begins features 11 new tracks including a guest appearance by Kevin Martin, lead vocalist of Candlebox on “The One”.

Tantric was formed by three former members of Days Of The New: Jesse Vest, Todd Whitener, and Matt Taul, with the addition of Merge singer, Hugo Ferreira. They were signed to Maverick Records in 1999, and recorded their self-titled debut with producer, Toby Wright in 2000. The record was released in February 2001 and went platinum thanks to the strength of the single "Breakdown" and the band's extensive touring with the likes of Kid Rock and Creed. Tantric's second Wright produced album, After We Go, was released in February 2004, preceded by the single "Hey Now". Described as heavier than their first record, After We Go debuted at #56 on the Billboard 200.

Between 2005 and 2007, Vest, Whitener and Taul all decided to move on from Tantric, leaving lead singer Hugo Ferreira to start the search for a new band. Ferreira enlisted former Fuel drummer Kevin Miller, Joe Pessia (guitarist Dramagods), Erik Leonhardt (bassist), and Marcus Ratzenboeck (electric violin) as new members of the band. Shortly thereafter, Tantric announced their deal with the Silent Majority Group record label, and their new management company, JHMP.

Upcoming Tantric Dates:
w/Framing Hanley & Fosterchild
Apr 23 2008 Modesto, California Fat Cat Music House and Lounge
Apr 24 2008 Los Angeles, California Key Club
Apr 26 2008 Santa Rosa, California Last Day Saloon w/ 101.7 the Fox
Apr 28 2008 Everywhere, Washington ROCKLINE radio show
Apr 29 2008 Spokane, Washington The Big Easy
Apr 30 2008 Boise, Idaho The Big Easy
May 2 2008 Colorado Springs, Colorado The Black Sheep
May 4 2008 Cedar Falls, Iowa The ReverbMay 5 2008 Maplewood, Minnesota The Rock
May 7 2008 Madison, Wisconsin The Annex
May 8 2008 Milwaukee, Wisconsin The Eagles Club
May 9 2008 Detroit, Michigan St. Andrew;s Hall w/WRIF
May 10 2008 Palatine, Illinois Durty Nellie’s
May 13 2008 Indianapolis, Indiana Vogue Theater
May 14 2008 Ft. Wayne, Indiana Piere’s
May 15 2008 Grand Rapids, Michigan The Intersection
May 16 2008 Louisville, Kentucky Phoenix Hill Tavern
May 17 2008 Cincinnati, Ohio Bogart's w/WEBN
May 18 2008 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Diesel
May 22 2008 Clifton Park, New York Northern Lights
May 24 2008 Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania Penn’s Peak
Jun 14 2008 Jackson, Mississippi Jubilee Jam


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