SIMS + MIKE MICTLAN
$15 IN ADVANCE / $15 AT THE DOOR
10:30PM DOORS / 11PM SHOWTIME
SIMS - MORE THAN EVER
Life and loss and dance parties. Sex and love and fractal math. Sims wrote More Than Ever last winter in the wake of some personally trying times: death and sickness in his immediate circle of friends and family. And he decided that the only acceptable answer to big loss is big joyurgent, defiant, unapologetic joy. The thirteen tracks on More Than Ever capture Sims coming to, and living out, that conclusion.
Sims grew up in Minnesota, an active part of the busy and fiercely independent Minneapolis hip-hop scene. In high school, he made friends with the classmates that would eventually become his cohorts in Doomtreethe seven-member rap collective now responsible for some of this eras most interesting, genre-defying releases. Over the past decade Sims has released a host of projects, both as a solo artist (Lights Out Paris, Bad Time Zoo, Wild Life EP, Field Notes) and as a member of Doomtree (No Kings, All Hands, and many others.) Hes toured the world from Pittsburgh to Prague, playing festivals like Glastonbury, Riot Fest, and SXSW. Hes earned and re-earned his reputation as a thoughtful artist with an unstoppable live show. (When he calls "both hands up--now both feet up rooms around the world have felt their floorboards flex as the entire crowd goes airborne.)
To create More Than Ever, Sims enlisted the unrelenting and adventurous production of Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, and ICETEP. Sometimes take-no-prisoners, sometimes take-the-slow-road, the drums are crushing and the soundscapes are expansive. After many long days and nights sequestered in his South Minneapolis basement, Sims emerged with the most honest first-person account he's ever recorded--he wrestles with some demons, faces down his doubts, and allows us in on the dirty work of change and growth and revelation. But, true to form, he does it with swagger, wit, and bar-crushing style. Huge ideas, concisely delivered over epic bangers without ever feeling overwrought. On songs like Brutal Dance and OneHundred Sims crafts an earnest mission statement while the razor sharp wordplay, insight, and quick quips prevent him from ever taking himself too seriously. The result is a 45-minute rollercoaster through the highest highs, the lowest lows, and all of the love and hope between them.
Mike Mictlan has long been known as a spitter; he writes technical patterns and can deliver them at speed. Hes also a natural performernever plainer than when he takes center stage live and ignites the entire room with a dance, a look, a gesturehe knows just how long a pause will springload an audience so its primed to erupt at the next punchline. On HELLA FRREAL we hear the Mike we know, harder and sharper. We hear a new Mike toowere let behind the curtain for a few earnest moments that were harder to find on his previous releases.
2528 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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