Atmosphere paint the nation

Next month, Atmosphere will launch its first extensive national tour for its hit album, If Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold. Slug & Ant (that is, if Ant goes out on the road this time) has been touring with a backing band lately, adding a little spice to their familiar formula of freestyles, shout-outs to women, and a rousing slam dance to Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name.” Newbies who discovered the duo through MTV should get to the venue early for opening sets from Blueprint and Abstract Rude.

As usual, Atmosphere’s Paint the Nation tour will roll through mid-size cities such as Omaha and Boise, and make pit stops at a few major festivals like San Diego’s Street Scene. Incredibly, New York isn’t on the itinerary; give the dudes kudos for that. (August 20 update: The Atmosphere tour has ballooned to a 50-city endurance test. And yes, New York is part of the festivities.)

  • 9/01: Harriet Island, St. Paul, MN
  • 9/10: The Venue, Fargo, ND
  • 9/11: Sioux Empire Expo Center, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 9/12: Slowdown, Omaha, NE
  • 9/13: Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
  • 9/15: Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
  • 9/16: Wilma Theater, Missoula, MT
  • 9/18: McDonald Theatre, Eugene, OR
  • 9/19: Empire, Sacramento, CA
  • 9/20: Street Scene Festival, San Diego, CA
  • 9/21: The Dome, Bakersfield, CA
  • 9/22: The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 9/25: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
  • 9/26: House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
  • 9/27: Schnepf Farms, Queen City, AZ
  • 9/28: Tucson Electric Park, Tucson, AZ
  • 9/30: Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
  • 10/01: Tipitina’s, New Orleans, LA
  • 10/02: State Theater, St. Petersburg, FL
  • 10/03: Revolution, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • 10/04: Firestone, Orlando, FL
  • 10/06: Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
  • 10/07: Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
  • 10/08: Toad’s Place, Richmond, VA
  • 10/10: Ram Head’s Live, Baltimore, MD
  • 10/11: Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
  • 10/13: Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
  • 10/14: Irving Plaza, New York, NY
  • 10/15: Lupo’s, Providence, RI
  • 10/17: The Station, Portland, ME
  • 10/18: Higher Ground, Burlington, VT
  • 10/20: Mr. Small’s, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 10/21: Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
  • 10/22: Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
  • 10/24: Annie’s, Cincinnati, OH
  • 10/25: Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville, TN
  • 10/27: Royal Oak Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
  • 10/28: Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 10/29: Canopy Club, Urbana, IL
  • 10/31: Orpheum Theatre, Madison, WI
  • 11/01: Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI
  • 11/02: First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
  • 11/05: Englert Theatre, Iowa City, IA
  • 11/06: Granada Theater, Lawrence, KS
  • 11/07: Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
  • 11/08: Waterloo Park, Austin, TX
  • 11/09: House of Blues, Dallas, TX
  • 11/11: Club 101, El Paso, TX
  • 11/12: Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NM
  • 11/13: Fox Theater, Boulder, CO
  • 11/15: Blue Note, Columbia, MO
  • 11/16: Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL

9/01: Take Back Labor Day
9/10-9/12, 9/15-9/19, 9/21-9/26, 9/30-10/11: w/Blueprint, Abstract Rude, DJ Rare Groove
9/13: Monolith Music Festival
9/20: Street Scene
9/27: Edgefest
9/28: KFMA Fall Ball
10/24: Scribble Jam
11/08: Fun Fun Fun Fest

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