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Atmosphere With Live Band


Thu 3 May 2012, 8:00pm–12:00am

Where: Studio, 340 Karangahape Rd, Newton, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Early bird: $30.00
  • General admission: $45.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: FuZen

FuZen Entertainment presents:

Atmosphere Live

Doors open 8pm, Atmosphere on stage at 10pm.

Tickets available from and Real Groovy.

Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Atmosphere has been a driving force in independent hip hop for twenty years. Rapper Slug (Sean Daley) and DJ/producer Ant (Anthony Davis) were the first to put Twin Cities hip hop on the map and became the co-founders of independent hip hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment.

Slug's brutally honest, poetic musings are often extremely personal and socially mindful. His earlier lyrics contained a lot of allegorical themes about women, however by their 2008 release When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold he became more of a story teller, speaking on the pitfalls of society. Alongside Ant’s production of a melodic blend of blues, soul and gospel samples with vintage analogue synths, this combination confirms that Atmosphere are not your typical hip hop act with machismo overtones, yet hip hop that is more honest and more textured.

During their career, Atmosphere have released eight albums, 13 Sad Clown EPs and various side-projects, amounting in well over a million units sold. As solo artists, their collaborations include the likes of Brother Ali, Murs, Evidence, Aesop Rock, KRS-One, Buckshot of Blackmoon, Jean Grae, DJ Vadim, El-P & DOOM.

This will be Atmosphere’s first visit back to New Zealand since 2009.

“This Minneapolis indie rap hero has potential to spare, delivering taut, complex rhyme narratives with everyman earnestness.” - Rolling Stone on Slug

“His dusty grooves are hooky and R&B-informed, and even when they back up Slug’s most maniacally depressed rhymes, they never feel heavy-handed.” - Village Voice on Ant

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