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Lazerbeak

Super Producer


Lazerbeak is a thug. Do not be deceived by the nice-guy introductions backstage. Beak is responsible for some of the hardest lavabangers in hip hop, period. Catchy, rib-crushing, filthy.

In his basement workshop, Beak works mostly with a MPC2000XL. He layers propulsive, hard-hitting drums with driving guitar and keyboard melodies. He paces after the addition of each element, ducking to avoid the overhead pipes, playing air drums, and calculating his next layer.

Beak’s sequencing is a large part of his sound. “After you’ve got the main structure, to make it a real song, you have to take it all part again. It’s like a battle with the beat, every time.” And Beak always wins. When it’s over, the effect is some helicopter-at-the-omnitheater shit. He’ll take a beat down to its most essential elements before letting it off the leash to explode into anthemic proportions.

Lazerbeak got involved with the Doomtree crew through his high school friendship with Stef (P.O.S). But by then he’d already been playing music for years. Since 8th grade he played with The Plastic Constellations, the indie rock group that would go on to tour the country, signed to French Kiss Records. Stef, having heard Lazerbeak’s music with TPC, encouraged him to start making beats. Beak got a loan from his folks to buy his first MPC from Guitar Center. Stef came over in the afternoon to show him the ropes. No looking back.

To date, Lazerbeak has produced over 400 beats. His production appears on almost every Doomtree release, including all three of P.O.S’ solo albums. He’s now completing the production for the upcoming Sims solo release and working on a solo endeavor of his own.

Most recently, Doomtree released Lazerbeak’s collaboration with Mike Mictlan. The two schemed for years to write and record the disc. For much of that time Mike was living in L.A. Lazerbeak sent Mike beat CDs in the mail. Mike rapped his verses to Lazerbeak over the phone. Big dreams, big phone bills. Now the fruit of their labor is available in all its glory as Hand Over Fist. Legend Recognize Legend.

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Hand Over Fist (with Mike Mictlan)

Legend Recognize Legend

Bad Time Zoo (with Sims)

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on December 16, 2014

OK! Welcome back to the first Tuesdays With Lazerbeak since the Last Doomtree Blowout Ever. Still don’t quite have the words to describe what the last week and a half has meant to all of us, but luckily you can relive the entire eight-day run with awesome photos and video from our all-star cast of FRIENDTOGRAPHERS Zoe Prinds-Flash, Ben LaFond, Hannah Hofmann, and Ricardo Zapata. Just click all the links on the right side banner of the site marked “MORE HEADLINES” for the play-by-play on every single day. And check out Ricardo’s video from the grand finale at First Ave below to kick things off.

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A few other videos dropped last week in all of the Blowout mayhem. Our good friends at The Current just posted the entire live stream interview and performance we did at the UBS Forum on Friday. Check it all out below, there’s some serious gems in there, plus a brand new song.

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We officially debuted our new Surly Doomtree collabo beer in draft form last week at all the venues that hosted a Blowout event. Check out this teaser promo video about how the whole collaboration process came together, if nothing else but for to watch Dessa spill an entire bag of malt everywhere.

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Due to the big success of the first week, Surly has announced that they’ll be packaging Surly Doomtree beer in 16 oz cans starting early next year! SO EXCITED FOR THIS. Check out the collabo can artwork from Doomtree’s Cecil Otter and Surly’s Michael Berglund below.

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Now that the Blowout is over, we can put all our focus towards this new crew album dropping in January. Don’t forget that the All Hands Pre-Order is in full effect right now. Check out all the crazy bonus gifts you get with the deluxe version below, and grab a copy for yourself right HERE. Just a quick reminder that if you’re ordering additional webstore items with your pre-order, you should place those orders separately to ensure faster shipping.

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Cecil Otter, Dessa, Mike Mictlan, Paper Tiger, P.O.S, and Sims will all be hitting the road super hard this coming February and March on the All Hands Tour! Check out all the announced dates so far below and click HERE for tickets and more sweet deetz.

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Speaking of cool tours (SEGUE STREAK 5EVER!!!), Dessa is heading back to Europe this spring for a big two-week run. Her lead-off show in London sold out in less than 24 hours (AWESOME), so we’ve added a second show on April 22nd. You can grab tickets to that one HERE, and check out all the tour details right HERE.

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In upcoming show news, P.O.S and Sims are both headed to Denver in the next couple days to play the So-Gnar Shredded Beats Fest. Stef will be at The Bluebird on Thursday with Sean Anonymous (tix HERE), and Sims will be at The Bluebird on Friday with Air Dubai (tix HERE). Both shows should be totally awesome, and a great warmup for the Doomtree crew show taking place at the Gothic Theatre on March 6th (tix HERE).

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Speaking of Stef, he recently sat down with our friend Open Mike Eagle to tape an episode of Mike’s Secret Skin podcast. The dudes talk at length about Doomtree, parenting, health, and much more. Check out the whole thing right HERE.

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Alright, that about does it for Doomtree-related news this week. Make sure you check back tomorrow though for some more big time news. This is about all I can say for now….

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Transition into Bonus Jam Land: D’Angelo came out of hiding finally and dropped a brand new album out of nowhere a few days back! Like everyone else, Voodoo pretty much changed the whole game for me, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting a follow-up ever since. That anticipation was brought to a fever pitch with last year’s insane one-off show with Questlove at First Ave. So happy that this project is now finally seeing the light of day. I’ve only had a chance to hear the first three songs so far, but I can already tell you it will be duking it out with Majid Jordan and Ariana Grande for my album of the year. Click the cover to grab the whole thing on iTunes, and stream first single “Sugah Daddy” below.

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I’ll leave you with a plethora of Baby Bonus Pics, since I haven’t included them in the last few posts. Laid Back Lou and Crawl Man Cam are officially nine months old and better than ever. Here they are posing as a new dynamic duo I like to call The BATH Brothers (see what I did there, Canseco?). We’re still working on a cool interlocking arm handshake thing that will make McGwire proud.

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Here’s a solo dolo shot of Cam. He somehow already has like eight chompers already. Crazy kid.

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Aaaaaaaand one of Lou. I promise I had nothing to do with that faux-hawk thing on the top of his head. Placing all the blame on daycare for that one.

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Can’t forget about P! She just got back from her second airplane ride ever, visiting her great grandma down in Florida. Here she is at the Orlando airport getting seriously amped to hang with princesses.

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And here she is at DISNEY WORLD watching the fireworks off of the magic castle that they show at the start of all Disney movies. LIFE CHANGING EVENT. Missed her tons, so glad to have her home.

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We got into the Christmas spirit the other night and started decorating this very affordable tree (shouts to Home Depot for the $15 joints!). This all happened while Luther’s “Mistletoe Jam” blared throughout the house. Best Christmas song EVER.

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Alright, that about does it for me. I hope you all have a wonderful week easing into the holidays. Make sure you check back tomorrow for more big time news, and then I’ll see you back here next Tuesday for sure!

– Beak

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 8 RECAP

Posted on December 15, 2014

 Man oh man, the Last Doomtree Blowout Ever has finally come to an end. After a week-long run throughout the Twin Cities, we capped it all off with one final night at the best club in the universe, First Avenue. I don’t have a ton of words right now to describe what a truly amazing and humbling finale that was, but just know that we are all incredibly thankful for the love and support this town and these people have shown us for the last decade plus. Huge shouts to our special guests for the evening: Kristoff Krane, GRRRL PRTY, Har Mar Superstar, Big Zach, I Self Devine, Astronautalis, Prof, and DJ Fundo. And extra insane shouts to our wonderful cast of FRIENDTOGRAPHERS for documenting the entire eight-day run. We finally turned the tables and got a picture of them for once. From left to right, here’s Ricardo Zapata, Zoe Prinds-Flash, Ben LaFond, and Hannah Hofmann.

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Here’s Ricardo’s final recap video, followed by a ton of awesome photos from Zoe, Ben, and Hannah. Again, thank you so much to everybody that came out and rocked with us. One of the best nights of my long-legged life. TEAM THE BEST TEAM FRREAL.

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ZOE PRINDS-FLASH (more HERE)

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 7 RECAP

Posted on December 13, 2014

THE END IS NEAR. Just one more night left on this Last Blowout Ever journey. Yesterday we stopped by The Current’s UBS Forum for an early interview and performance and then knocked out the second show in our three-night stand at First Avenue (best club in the world). Man was it a doozy. Check out some exceptional photos from our all-star cast of FRIENDTOGRAPHERS Zoe Prinds-Flash, Ben LaFond, and Hannah Hofmann below. And watch another awesome recap video from Ricardo Zapata to kick things off. Mega shouts to our special guests last night: Ecid, Mixed Blood Majority, Aby Wolf, Big Quarters, Toki Wright, and DJ Fundo. That was thee best. See you tonight for the last show of THE LAST BLOWOUT EVER!!! I’m either going to cry or stage dive. Game-time decision.

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ZOE PRINDS-FLASH (more HERE)

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BEN LaFOND (more HERE)

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 6 RECAP

Posted on December 12, 2014

Six down, two more to go! We gotta run over to The Current now for this UBS Forum interview and performance (which you can live stream right HERE at 12:30pm CST), but check out all the great recap photos from last night’s First Ave show below. Shouts to our FRIENDTOGRAPHERS Zoe Prinds-FlashBen LaFond, and Hannah Hofmann for all the pics. And huge shouts to our special guests last night as well: Chantz Erolin, Metasota, Greg Grease, Illuminous 3, Sean Annonymous, Har Mar Superstar, and DJ Fundo. That was insane. Here’s a great video recap from none other than Ricardo Zapata to start off the post. See you tonight at First Ave!

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ZOE PRINDS-FLASH (more HERE)

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 5 RECAP

Posted on December 11, 2014

Last night marked the ten year anniversary of the very first Doomtree Blowout, so we decided to take it back to the Varsity Theater where this whole thing started back in 2005. Definitely a night to remember. Check out some excellent photos from our extremely talented FRIENDTOGRAPHERS Zoe Prinds-Flash, Ben LaFond, and Hannah Hofmann below. And to give everything the proper vizual context, watch this great recap video from our guy Ricardo Zapata to start things off. See you tonight for the first show in our three-night stand at First Ave!

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ZOE PRINDS-FLASH (more HERE)

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 4 RECAP

Posted on December 10, 2014

And the Last Blowout Ever rolls on! We’ve now hit the half way point of this epic eight-day marathon. Yesterday was Kids Day. Stef, Dessa, and myself kicked things off early by hitting up Neighborhood Childrens House in the morning to read to the youngins, then FAIR School in the afternoon to talk to a couple third grade classrooms, and a big class of ninth graders for the grand finale. Thanks to both of those schools for having us, and to all the kids for participating and making that a really awesome experience. At night we piled into the Triple Rock for our annual all-ages show. It was the best. Let it not be forgotten: Doomtree is for the children. Check out more great photos from our extremely talented FRIENDTOGRAPHERS Hannah Hofmann, Zoe Prinds-Flash,  and Ben LaFond below. And as always, we’ll start things off with a sweet video recap from Ricardo Zapata. What a day. We’ll see you tonight at the Varsity Theater for the official 10 year anniversary of the very first Doomtree Blowout - to the day! Should be one for the ages.

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 3 RECAP

Posted on December 09, 2014

OH MAN!!! Last night was one for the history books. Thank you to the million incredibly talented friends that came out and graced the stage with us at Icehouse. So impressed by this city time and time again. I gotta run to preschool to kick off Kids Day, but check out these great photos from our FRIENDTOGRAPHERS Zoe Prinds-Flash, Ben LaFond, and Hannah Hofmann. And watch another vizually stunning video recap from our guy Ricardo Zapata to start things off. See you at the Triple Rock tonight!

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ZOE PRINDS-FLASH (more HERE)

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BEN LaFOND (more HERE)

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: DAY 2 RECAP

Posted on December 08, 2014

Hey! Welcome back to another Blowout recap. Yesterday we kicked off the official launch of the new Surly Doomtree beer with a massive eight stop bar crawl, ending in a private Doomtree mini performance (and all the pizza ever). Enormous shouts to everybody over at Surly for all the hard work put into making this collaboration a reality. That was truly THEE BEST. Check out some excellent recap photos from our all-star team of FRIENDTOGRAPHERS:  Zoe Prinds-FlashBen LaFond, and Hannah Hofmann. And make sure to click their links to check out even more sweet shots. But first, watch another great recap video from our guy Ricardo Zapata below. That man has been skipping sleep all week to make these things possible. Greatly appreciated.

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There have been a couple different write-ups of the first few shows if you want to really get caught up on how the nights have been going. Check out Jack Spencer’s Gimme Noise review of the Turf Club right HERE, and Chris Riemenschneider’s weekend recap article for the Star Tribune right HERE. See you all tonight at the Icehouse for Day 3 of The Last Doomtree Blowout EVER!

ZOE PRINDS-FLASH (more HERE)

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LAST BLOWOUT EVER: NIGHT 1 RECAP

Posted on December 07, 2014

IT HAS BEGUN!!!! We kicked off the Last Doomtree Blowout Ever last night at the Turf Club.  Here’s the big ole recap. We’ll be updating this every day around noon all week long. Mega enormous and eternal shouts to our FRIENDTOGRAPHERS (I’m going to patent that one) for shooting all this stuff: Zoe Prinds-Flash, Ben LaFond, Hannah Hofmann and Ricardo Zapata. Let’s kick things off with an awesome little recap video from Ricardo below. SO MUCH FUN.

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And speaking of cool videos (SEGUE STREAK 5EVER), check out this video that Surly just dropped yesterday that documents the whole awesome Surly Doomtree collaboration! I just have to say, I still can’t believe there’s a beer called Doomtree. UNREAL.

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We premiered Surly Doomtree on tap at the Turf Club last night, and today it’s the official Surly Doomtree Day. Come hand out with us and try the beer for the very first time. The entire Doomtree and Surly crews are gonna be running all over the Twin Cities today celebrating the launch. Plus you can enter to win tickets to upcoming sold-out Blowout shows, as well as entrance the very private VIP Surly Doomtree party taking place at a secret location later tonight. Check out all the details below.

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And now for the epic photo recap of Night 1. Make sure to click the links next to each photographers name to check out even more pics. They are the best. Also, it’s worth mentioning that Zoe Prinds-Flash is offering a sweet Blowout print sale of excellent photos she’s taken from previous Blowouts. This is really cool Check out all the sweet deetz HERE.

ZOE PRINDS-FLASH (Check her our right HERE)

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Doomtree ‘All Hands’ Album Announcement

Posted on December 02, 2014

COLOSSAL NEWS DAY: Welcome to the most glorious and action-packed Tuesdays With Lazerbeak of all time!!! It brings me supreme joy to announce that on January 27th Doomtree Records will release All Hands, the brand new full-length crew album from all seven members of Doomtree. Maaaaaaaan that feels good to finally type out loud. Check out the sweet album cover art below!

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You can’t announce a brand new album without a blazing hot, heat knocking, lava banger of a new single. Check out “Gray Duck” in the Soundcloud player below and get seriously AMPED OUT OF YOUR MIND for All Hands!

Here’s “Gray Duck” in a YouTube player format just in case you have a serious vendetta against streaming audio services.

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Alright, you can’t announce a brand new album and a blazing hot, heat knocking, lava banger of a new single without also announcing the most crushingly over-the-top pre-order in Doomtree Records HISTORY!!! Let me attempt to break down all of the amazing gifts that will be bestowed upon you when you pre-order All Hands directly from the Doomtree Webstore. The Standard Pre-Order option includes the following insanity:

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- Immediate download of “Gray Duck” and “.38 Airweight”

- Digital download of bonus track “High Water” (delivered on 1/27)

- Glossy poster autographed by all seven members of the crew

- All Hands 4″ glow-in-the-dark sticker

- CD version includes a 36-page lyric booklet and a fold-out poster

- Vinyl version includes double LP gatefold packaging and a digital download code

All of that for just $12.99 on CD and $24.99 on LP. OUTRAGEOUS. That’s basically somewhere in the realm of what Paper Tiger spends on just one lunch at the airport Arby’s. But that’s not all….. If you’re really looking for the most incredible pre-order option in all of Doomtree Records history, look no further than the All Hands Deluxe Pre-Order. CHECK. THIS. OUT.

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That’s right. You get every single item mentioned in the standard pre-order, plus the following awesomeness:

- Limited-edition glow-in-the-dark All Hands t-shirt (available only in this pre-order)

- Miniature ship in a bottle (like the album cover)

- All Hands branded matchbox (to recreate the album cover)

- 1.5″ metal DTR life preserver pin (to add to your No Kings and Four Fists pin collection)

- All Hands screen-printed cloth patch

- Vinyl version includes limited-edition color vinyl (A/B is light blue, C/D is dark blue)

DAAAAAAAAANG. Truly increíble. Go grab your standard and deluxe pre-orders at the Doomtree Webstore right HERE, right NOW (just like that Jesus Jones song).

And if you’re more of the digital type, you can pre-order All Hands from iTunes (HERE) or Bandcamp (HERE) and still receive “Gray Duck” and “.38 Airweight” instantly, as well as bonus track “High Water” when the album drops on 1/27.

OK for real, you can’t announce a brand new album, blazing-hot-heat-knocking-lava-banger of a new single, and the most crushingly over-the-top pre-order in Doomtree history without also announcing the ALL HANDS TOUR!!!

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BAM! The dudes will be hitting the road this February and March for a full-on US tour. Check out the complete list of initial tour dates below and sign up for the Doomtree Mailing List HERE to be notified of the early ticket pre-sale that starts this Friday. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public next Monday, December 8th. You can find all of those sweet tour deetz and more right HERE.

Doomtree Tour Dates:

12/6-13 – Doomtree Blowout – Minneapolis, MN – SOLD OUT

2/4 – Mojo’s – Columbia, MO

2/6 – Trees – Dallas, TX

2/8 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX

2/9 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA

2/11 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA

2/12 – Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC

2/13 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA

2/14 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC

2/16 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA

2/17 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY

2/19 – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI

2/20 – Abbey Pub – Chicago, IL

2/21 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI

3/4 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE

3/5 – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO

3/6 – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO

3/7 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT

3/9 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA

3/10 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR

3/12 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

3/13 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

3/14 – The Glass House – Pomona, CA

3/16 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ

3/17 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

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And just in case reading about all of this incredible news wasn’t enough for you, we brought in the Legend God of Promo Videos, Ander Other, to really drive home the point in a succinct, informative, and vizually stunning All Hands promo vid. SYNERGY!!!! Check it out below (animated flames, dude).

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Alright, I think that’s probably enough excitement for one post. Don’t forget that all of this big tyme news is just the beginning. The Last Doomtree Blowout Ever kicks off this Saturday at the Turf Club, followed by Surly Doomtree Day on Sunday, and the Icehouse show on Monday. All the concerts are sold out for the entire eight-day Blowout run, but everyone is welcome to come and hang out with the Doomtree and Surly crews this Sunday for our big crawl around the Twin Cities. Come kick it with us and celebrate the release of the new beer! You can try it for yourself at each location and enter to win tickets to various Blowout shows throughout the week, including the super private Surly Doomtree launch party later that night. It’s gonna be awesome. Times and places are listed below.

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I’ll leave you with a couple very special Bonus Jams just in case you got so excited at the start of this post that you forgot to click play. Check out “Gray Duck” and “.38 Airweight” below, and don’t forget to grab your All Hands pre-order right HERE.

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OK, I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week. Can’t wait to see a ton of you out at all the different Blowout events. Stay tuned all next week as we’ll be posting pictures from every single night of the sold-out run, starting on Sunday morning. See you then!

– Beak

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