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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Concert Review: Atmosphere at House of Blues

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 11:15 AM

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Many years ago, one of the kitchen guys that I worked with had the song “Hair” crackling out of a pair of old speakers. I immediately fell in love with Atmosphere.

Fast-forward a few years and Slug, DJ Ant, and the various rotating pieces and parts that make up the indie rap group sound better than ever.

Atmosphere's Family Vacation Tour, which came to House of Blues last night, is packed it with openers like Prof (you have to hear “A Month From Now”), Blueprint (who has to be seen to be believed), the incendiary DJ Babu, and California’s M.C. Evidence.

By the time Atmosphere took the stage, House of Blues was limbered up and ready to party.

Things got rowdy for the nasty beats of “Shoulda Known” and “Until the Nipples Gone.” The midsection of the show got deep and gritty, as Slug turned down the lights to exorcise some demons from his latest album The Family Sign.

There was even an audience member dirty dancing to “In Her Music Box,” a song about a little girl who rides shotgun in her father’s car while he "works" all night. A song about how a little girl learns the art of escapism, which sets the stage for a life of self-medicating and self-abuse isn't exactly go-go dancing fare. But Atmosphere wrapped it all up with a freestyle that made me glad I stuck around.

I prefer my hip-hop that has more to say than just the usual talk about hos, fist-sized diamonds, and paper chasing.Thought-provoking lyrics and the occasional profound statement are a requirement. Everyone can relate to a crappy boss or an abusive relationship. Atmosphere covered these in ways that make you feel like they're pulling for you. —Jara Anton

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