Life and loss and dance parties. Sex and love and fractal math. Sims wrote More Than Ever last winter in the wake of some personally trying times: death and sickness in his immediate circle of friends and family. And he decided that the only acceptable answer to big loss is big joy—urgent, defiant, unapologetic joy. The thirteen tracks on More Than Ever capture Sims coming to, and living out, that conclusion.

Sims grew up in Minnesota, an active part of the busy and fiercely independent Minneapolis hip-­‐hop scene. In high school, he made friends with the classmates that would eventually become his cohorts in Doomtree—the seven-­‐member rap collective now responsible for some of this era’s most interesting, genre-­‐defying releases. Over the past decade Sims has released a host of projects, both as a solo artist (Lights Out Paris, Bad Time Zoo, Wild Life EP, Field Notes) and as a member of Doomtree (No Kings, All Hands, and many others.)

He’s toured the world from Pittsburgh to Prague, playing festivals like Glastonbury, Riot Fest, and SXSW. He’s earned and re-­‐earned his reputation as a thoughtful artist with an unstoppable live show. (When he calls “both hands up-­‐-­‐now both feet up” rooms around the world have felt their floorboards flex as the entire crowd goes airborne.)

To create More Than Ever, Sims enlisted the unrelenting and adventurous production of Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, and ICETEP. Sometimes take-­‐no-­‐prisoners, sometimes take-­‐the-­‐slow-­‐road, the drums are crushing and the soundscapes are expansive. After many long days and nights sequestered in his South Minneapolis basement, Sims emerged with the most honest first-­‐person account he’s ever recorded-­‐-­‐he wrestles with some demons, faces down his doubts, and allows us in on the dirty work of change and growth and revelation.

But, true to form, he does it with swagger, wit, and bar-­‐crushing style. Huge ideas, concisely delivered over epic bangers without ever feeling overwrought. On songs like “Brutal Dance” and “OneHundred” Sims crafts an earnest mission statement while the razor sharp wordplay, insight, and quick quips prevent him from ever taking himself too seriously. The result is a 45-­‐minute rollercoaster through the highest highs, the lowest lows, and all of the love and hope between them.

Past Shows


Dec
1
st
2018
Fine Line
Dec
1
st
2018
Fine Line

Sims

with AIR CREDITS, Chance York, Big Cats and more!
Apr
27
th
2017
7th St Entry
Mar
10
th
2017
Palace Theatre
Mar
10
th
2017
Palace Theatre

Atmosphere

with Sims, deM atlaS, Lady Midnight and more!
Jan
6
th
2017
Mainroom
Jan
6
th
2017
Mainroom

Sims

with WebsterX, AIR CREDITS and Nazeem & Spencer Joles
Apr
22
nd
2016
7th St Entry
Apr
22
nd
2016
7th St Entry

Get Cryphy

with Plain Ole Bill, Jimmy 2 Times, DJ LAST WORD and more!
Mar
24
th
2016
Mainroom
Jan
29
th
2016
Mainroom
Jan
29
th
2016
Mainroom

Sean Anonymous

with DJ NAME, Sims, Greg Grease and more!
Apr
3
rd
2015
Mainroom
Apr
3
rd
2015
Mainroom

Har Mar Superstar and Sonny Knight And The Lakers

First Avenue 45th Anniversary Celebration
with The Cactus Blossoms and Sims
Nov
2
nd
2014
Mainroom
Nov
2
nd
2014
Mainroom

Congressman Keith Ellison

Hosted by Congressman Keith Ellison
with Sims, Heiruspecs, Toki Wright and more!
Aug
23
rd
2014
Mainroom
Aug
23
rd
2014
Mainroom

Astronautalis and Sims

with Mike Mictlan, Metasota and ZERO
Jun
14
th
2013
Mainroom
Jun
14
th
2013
Mainroom

Astronautalis and Sims

with Greg Grease and Mixed Blood Majority
Oct
28
th
2012
Mainroom
Jan
28
th
2012
Mainroom
Jan
28
th
2012
Mainroom

89.3 The Current’s 7th Birthday Party

with Haley, Sims, the Suicide Commandos and more!
Dec
4
th
2011
7th St Entry
Dec
4
th
2011
7th St Entry

Sims

with Brother Ali, Astronautalis and ONE BE LO
Oct
15
th
2011
Fine Line
Oct
15
th
2011
Fine Line

Lazerbeak and Sims

with Cecil Otter
Mar
25
th
2011
Triple Rock Social Club
Mar
25
th
2011
Triple Rock Social Club
Mar
18
th
2011
Skinnys Ballroom (SXSW)
Mar
18
th
2011
Skinnys Ballroom (SXSW)

Gimme Noise and First Avenue SXSW 2011 Day Party ( Austin,TX )

with TAPES 'N TAPES, Solid Gold, Sims and more!
Feb
9
th
2010
Mainroom
Feb
9
th
2010
Mainroom

A BENEFIT FOR HAITI

with Brother Ali, FREEWAY & JAKE ONE, Sage Francis and more!

More Shows

Jul
24
th
7th St Entry

Kokou Kah presents
True Fusion Night

with Lizea Harper, Obi Original, Sumer and more!
Oct
27
th
7th St Entry

Tokyo Police Club

Nov
28
th
Turf Club

Monophonics

with Rudy De Anda
Aug
6
th
7th St Entry

26 BATS!

with Keep For Cheap and Mrs. Pinky and The Great Fox