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Atmosphere

March 10
8 p.m.
$25
DJ, Hip-Hop

Is any active Minnesota music act more fit to play the first show at the freshly renovated Palace Theatre than Atmosphere? The indie-rap duo of MC Slug and producer Ant made their full-length debut in 1997 with Overcast! and eventually broke through with 2002’s more widely acclaimed God Loves Ugly, which highlighted the influence of Charles Bukowski on Slug’s lyrics. Atmosphere albums would vary in quality over the next decade, but last year’s Fishing Blues was their best LP since When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold in 2008. “Besos,” “The Shit That We’ve Been Through,” and “When the Lights Go Out” (featuring DOOM and Kool Keith) rank among their best songs of the decade, and on “Pure Evil,” which addresses police brutality, Slug offers some of his most vivid and meaningful lyrics ever, rapping from an officer’s perspective. With Sims, deM atliS, Lady Midnight, and DJ Shannon Blowtorch.