When: Sat., March 3, 7 p.m. 2018
Sean Daley and Anthony Davis, better known as Slug and Ant, are the minds behind Atmosphere, the Minneapolis hip-hop duo that’s proved you can amass a huge following whilst tiptoeing around the mainstream status quo. In the two decades they’ve been releasing albums, Atmosphere has never had a Top 40 single, and yet they’re popular enough that they just sold out The Knitting Factory. Much of their appeal comes from Slug’s reflective lyrical style, and he spends much the duo’s most recent album, 2016’s Fishing Blues, calling out false prophets, waking up in strange places after a night of partying, and reflecting on “the good ol’ days” and realizing they weren’t. It feels like a relapse record following 2014’s clean-and-sober Southsiders, and yet it still flirts with optimism. In the end, he realizes that there are, in fact, way too many songs about breakups.