When: Wed., Jan. 15, 7 p.m. 2020
Though Slug and Ant may sound like Pixar characters, in fact, they are the stage names of Sean Daley and Anthony Davis, who perform as prolific Minneapolis hip-hop veterans Atmosphere. For more than two decades, Atmosphere has worn pain, struggle, and anti-establishment vibes on their sleeves, all the while producing raps and beats that embrace their individual anxieties and shared resilience. However, on 2019’s Whenever, the duo evolved its hip-hop ethos and put the importance of taking agency of their emotional output. OK, that might sound heavy but these underground greats managed to expertly shout-out everyone’s favorite Seinfeld character in a song that is otherwise a plea for existential clarity. “I pack the stands with stanzas/ My stans go bananas, it’s a bona fide bonanza/Word to Jason Alexander/ Cus D’Amato of the culture, coulda cussed out Costanza,” featured rapper Murs masterfully delivers on the record’s title track just before declaring: “Fuck Trump and fuck cancer.” We second all of that. The Lioness, Nikki Jean, and DJ Keezy are also on the bill.