Saturday :: New Belgium Stage :: 9:45 p.m.
— Jonathan Keller
With what is undoubtedly one of the best album titles in recent memory — When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold — the Minneapolis hip-hop duo Atmosphere in June dropped their sixth studio album and their first release in over three years. The album delivers; however, it is more on the mellow side and never kicks into high gear as their albums of the past have. Perhaps that is the point. Ant’s synthesizer-based production and beats are excellent and rapper Slug’s rhymes further solidify him as an MC at the top of his game. Atmosphere is growing musically and creatively. They are not sticking to the same old formula and that shows in the album’s down tempo mood, which sets the stage for Slug’s more serious lyrical content.