What I appreciate about Atmosphere is that he continues to be a rapper who can laugh at himself.
Take for instance his new single, and the accompanying clip, which reimagines this emo breakup track as a plight of a dog unloved. Is in, a Golden Retriever.
"Just For Show" spews the general litany of wrongs from and ex who just couldn't leave, and features Atmosphere's impeccable timing and honesty sans aggro. Looking in the mirror, MC Slug sees a puppy that shows up on "lost" signs all over town. Poor puppy.
The song's culled from the Rhymesayers signee's forthcoming album "The Family Sign," out April 12. And if it's anything like 2008's "When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Sh*t Gold," then I'll be listening to it a lot: that older record wasn't perfect, but he does rake those coals in a brutal, genuine way. (Honestly, never gave last year's "double EP" "To All My Friends" much of a shot.)
Below, too, is the group's April/May tour dates.
04.20.11 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall - Buy Tickets
04.21.11 - Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead - Buy Tickets
04.22.11 - S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground - SOLD OUT!
04.23.11 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues - Buy Tickets
04.24.11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory - Buy Tickets
04.26.11 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5 - Buy Tickets
04.27.11 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club - Buy Tickets
04.28.11 - Richmond, VA @ The National - Buy Tickets
04.29.11 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel - Buy Tickets
04.30.11 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco - Buy Tickets
05.02.11 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's BBQ - Buy Tickets
05.04.11 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre - Buy Tickets
05.05.11 - Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater - Buy Tickets
05.06.11 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues - SOLD OUT!
05.07.11 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre ^ - Buy Tickets
05.09.11 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater - Buy Tickets
05.10.11 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre - Buy Tickets
05.12.11 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall - Buy Tickets
05.13.11 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room - Buy Tickets
05.14.11 - Saskatoon, SK @ The Odeon - Buy Tickets
05.17.11 - Boulder, Co @ Fox Theatre - SOLD OUT!