American hip-hop duo Atmosphere to play Slowdown

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By Krystal Sidzyik, Senior Staff Writer

The American hip-hop duo from Minneapolis known as Atmosphere will take the stage at the Slowdown club on September 27. Slowdown is located downtown and doubles as a bar and music venue, so anyone under 18 years of age must have a notarized parental permission slip to attend the concert.

The duo, featuring rapper Sean Daley, known as “Slug,” and DJ/Producer Anthony Davis, known as “Ant,” will be joined by Evidence of Dilated Peoples and Blueprint for The Family Vacation Tour. The tour is in support of the release of Atmosphere’s seventh official studio album, “The Family Sign.” The album, released on April 12, was the first official full length album from Atmosphere in over three years.

Commentary on their MySpace page calls “The Family Sign” Atmosphere’s “most personal and intimate album yet, involving and engaging the listener like never before.”

“The Family Sign” is not only a tribute to their loved ones but also to their fans.

Those who attend the Sept. 27 show can look forward to a night of hip-hop that won’t disappoint. Slug’s metaphorical and allegorical lyrics, accompanied by Ant’s flawless beats, touch on topics like family, friends, lovers and the great tribulations of life.

In addition to the usual contributions from Slug and Ant, “The Family Sign” also features keyboardist Erick Anderson and guitarist Nate Collis.

Fans can also expect an evolving sound from Atmosphere on this tour.

According to the duo’s website, Collis’ “bluesy guitar riffs and the sound of Anderson’s unmistakable keys give ‘The Family Sign’ a fresh, unique edge without sacrificing Atmosphere’s signature sound.”

Fans of Evidence can also look forward to the release of his second solo full-length album, “Cats & Dogs.” The album includes contributions from Slug of Atmosphere, Aesop Rock and many more. The album is set to drop on Sept. 27, the same day he is to play at The Slowdown.

All three artists are signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment, an independent hip-hop record label founded in 1995 and based in Minneapolis. Slug is one of four co-founders of the label.

Atmosphere sold out the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver on August 19, so tickets for the Sept. 27 show in Omaha are expected to go fast.

Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through www.etix.com.

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