Minneapolis-based photographer Dan Monick just released a book called Seven Years with Atmosphere & Rhymesayers, which catalogs his travels with the venerable Midwest hip-hop crew. The book features 200 color and black-and-white photographs of live shows, behind-the-scenes action, and more, and will retail for $45.00. You can pre-order the book right now on Rhymesayers.com.
Indie hip-hop group Atmosphere — consisting of rapper Slug and DJ/producer Ant — has announced fall tour dates with label-mates Blueprint, Grieves & Budo, and DJ Rare Groove, slated to span 23 performances through September and into October. The tour intends to introduce Blueprint’s upcoming release, as well as to showcase recent Rhymesayers signees Grieves & Budo.
Two days. Nine bands. Rain and mud the first day, which made for lighter crowds and Woodstock-era vibe. The next day held thick, steamy heat and crowds that got thicker by the minute. Walking until my feet ached. Crappy red cowboy boots are perfect for the rain, but not the heat. Things always get the most interesting as they’re about to end.
My favorite set of Lollapalooza happened on Saturday when Atmosphere played in front of the majority of the attending audience.
Running from August 7-9 in Chicago’s Grant Park, one of the world’s biggest summer festivals is back, including headlining performances by Tool, Beastie Boys, Depeche Mode, Jane’s Addiction, The Killers, and Kings of Leon. Check out the rest of the massive lineup below.
The long-rumored Faith No More reunion has been confirmed (!!!). Vocal heavyweight Mike Patton keeps busy with a feature-film soundtrack, MF Doom drops half his name and a new album, Dengue Fever provides accompaniment to The Lost World, hip-hop duo Themselves returns, and much more.
Our plans this weekend include local shows with the massive stoner metal of The Sword, the experimental jazz of the Umbrella Music Festival, and the raw alt-country of O’death.
And our friends in Austin have another great festival of their own, as the Fun Fun Fun Fest run on Saturday and Sunday.