A few days ago, Gimme Noise started hearing about Slug Solos, a viral Tumblr dedicated to pairing some of the world's best guitarists and the world's best slugs. According to its young Glaswegian creator, the site's mission is simple: "Some guitarists' solo faces look like they've just realised they're holding giant slug creatures." After enjoying everyone from Este Haim to James Hetfield to Prince absolutely shredding on slugs, it occurred to us that there was a glaring local omission.
Even without a guitar, Atmosphere rapper Slug's animated onstage persona is a perfect fit. Thanks to some Photoshop magic by Tatiana Craine and shots from many of the huge Atmosphere shows City Pages has documented over the years, we present the photogenic Sean Daley with several new onstage sidekicks.
Earlier this year, Atmosphere headlined the First Avenue mainroom for their latest installment of the Welcome to Minnesota tour. In this scenario, ridiculously oversized slugs are welcome too.
This summer, Atmosphere and Imagine Dragons played at the U of M's TCF Stadium for the 2014 MLB All-Star concert. Here, updated with Slug squared.
Another shot from TCF Stadium with a slug copying Slug's self-applied horns.
Next: A special guest who is not a slug.
Sold out for the first time, Soundset 2014 at Canterbury Park was another gigantic show for the Rhymesayers crew. Here's Slug displaying what would be an adequate amount of shock if Brother Ali truly had arrived onstage on the back of this particular shell-less terrestrial gastropod mollusc.
This shot is from Lollapalooza in Chicago a couple of years ago. Here's Slug with a banana slug matching a shirt repping south Minneapolis -- just like this year's Southsiders.For more twisted Photoshop creations, check out Slug Solos and also the artist's Bass Dogs Tumblr.
Atmosphere's next shows in the area are Friday, August 22, at First Avenue (Sold Out), and Tuesday, September 23, at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth (Tickets).
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