Atmosphere

The world is a vastly different place than it was just a few years ago, and Atmosphere’s seventh album, Mi Vida Local, reflects the ways in which the world, and Atmosphere’s place in it, has changed. The idyllic domesticity of their past few records has morphed into anxiety over keeping loved ones safe during turbulent times. Instead of bragging about backstage misadventures it’s about grappling with mortality. The easygoing collaboration between Ant and Slug has started to feel more like the life-or-death intimacy of two men trapped together on a lifeboat.

At times it’s a heavy album (“I might be the last generation of grandparents,” goes a key line from “Virgo”), but it’s far from grim. There are jokes being cracked, joints getting smoked, a little trash talking here and there– after all, it’s still a rap record. And Atmosphere’s never sounded better.

As the name implies, Mi Vida Local is intensely focused on the place it was created – the southside of Minneapolis – where Slug and Ant work tirelessly in their “beautiful basements”, refining their sound without interruption, save for a handful of friends from the Minneapolis hip-hop community who showed up to contribute. A year of one-on-one collaboration resulting in an album that matches complex subject matter with equally deep beats– ones that show a clear lineage back to the psychedelic funk landmarks from an earlier era where America was going through a post-utopian hangover, and prove that there won’t ever be a time where boom-bap beats don’t sound perfectly of the moment.

Mi Vida Local might be the best album Atmosphere’s ever made. It’s definitely the one they needed to make right now, and one listeners need to hear just as urgently. If it’s sometimes an album about how the fight to find happiness never really ends– even after you get the house and the kids and the artistic freedom to make dad-rap records– it’s also about discovering that there’s happiness to be found just in fighting.

Past Shows


Feb
28
th
2020
Palace Theatre
Feb
28
th
2020
Palace Theatre

Atmosphere

with The Lioness, Nikki Jean and DJ Keezy
Jan
13
th
2020
Mainroom
Jan
13
th
2020
Mainroom

Atmosphere

with The Lioness, Nikki Jean and DJ Keezy
Dec
15
th
2018
Palace Theatre
Dec
15
th
2018
Palace Theatre

Atmosphere

with deM atlaS, The Lioness and DJ Keezy
Dec
14
th
2018
Palace Theatre
Dec
14
th
2018
Palace Theatre

Atmosphere

SECOND SHOW ADDED
with deM atlaS, The Lioness and DJ Keezy
Mar
10
th
2017
Palace Theatre
Mar
10
th
2017
Palace Theatre

Atmosphere

with Sims, deM atlaS, Lady Midnight and more!
Nov
29
th
2016
Mainroom
Nov
29
th
2016
Mainroom

Atmosphere

with Brother Ali, deM atlaS, Plain Ole Bill and more!
Nov
28
th
2016
Clyde Iron Works
Nov
28
th
2016
Clyde Iron Works

Atmosphere

with Brother Ali, deM atlaS, Plain Ole Bill and more!
Dec
4
th
2015
Target Center
Dec
4
th
2015
Target Center

RHYMESAYERS 20

with Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Aesop Rock and more!
Jan
24
th
2015
Mainroom
Nov
23
rd
2014
Mainroom
Nov
23
rd
2014
Mainroom

Atmosphere

with Prof, deM atlaS and DJ FUNDO
Sep
23
rd
2014
Clyde Iron Works
Sep
23
rd
2014
Clyde Iron Works

Atmosphere

with Prof, deM atlaS and DJ FUNDO
Aug
22
nd
2014
Mainroom
Aug
22
nd
2014
Mainroom

Atmosphere

with Prof, deM atlaS and DJ FUNDO
Feb
17
th
2014
Mainroom
Feb
17
th
2014
Mainroom

Atmosphere

with Toki Wright, Big Cats, No Bird Sing and more!
Feb
13
th
2014
Clyde Iron Works
Feb
13
th
2014
Clyde Iron Works

Atmosphere

with Toki Wright, Big Cats, No Bird Sing and more!
Jun
29
th
2013
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES and ATMOSPHERE
Jun
29
th
2013
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES and ATMOSPHERE

Trampled by Turtles and Atmosphere

with Southwire and MOON & POLLUTION
Mar
5
th
2013
Mainroom
Mar
5
th
2013
Mainroom

Atmosphere

WELCOME TO MN TOUR
with HAPHDUZN, Carnage The Executioner, Get Cryphy and more!
Mar
2
nd
2013
Clyde Iron Works
Mar
2
nd
2013
Clyde Iron Works

Atmosphere

WELCOME TO MINNESOTA TOUR
with HAPHDUZN, Carnage The Executioner, Get Cryphy and more!
Sep
7
th
2012
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
Sep
7
th
2012
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
Feb
23
rd
2012
Clyde Iron Works
Feb
23
rd
2012
Clyde Iron Works

Atmosphere

with Big Quarters, Kill The Vultures, MaLLy and more!
Feb
22
nd
2012
Mainroom
Feb
22
nd
2012
Mainroom

Atmosphere

with Kill The Vultures, Big Quarters, MaLLy and more!
Nov
28
th
2010
Mainroom
Nov
28
th
2010
Mainroom

Atmosphere

with SPECIAL GUESTS
Nov
27
th
2010
Mainroom
Nov
27
th
2010
Mainroom

Atmosphere

with SPECIAL GUESTS

More Shows

Jun
1
st
Fine Line

Lost Dog Street Band

with The Hill Country Devil
May
21
st
First Avenue
Sold Out

The Hold Steady

with The Bad Man and Gully Boys
Jan
31
st
Fine Line
canceled

Monster Magnet

with Nebula and Silvertomb
Feb
18
th
Fine Line

Pokey LaFarge

with Esther Rose