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Lazerbeak

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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.

Releases

Hand Over Fist (with Mike Mictlan)

Legend Recognize Legend

Bad Time Zoo (with Sims)

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Tuesdays With Lazerbeak

Posted on December 23, 2014

Welcome to the last Tuesdays With Lazerbeak post of 2014. There is an absolute ton of cool stuff to cover in here, so let’s just jump right into it. Last Wednesday the good people over at The FADER world premiered the brand new Doomtree video for “Gray Duck.” Big time shouts to Andrew Melby and his 1LightFilms crew for all their hard work, and Eric Pierson for killing the role of the security guard. I could not be more pleased with how this one came out. Check out “Gray Duck” below and pass it around if you get a sec.

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Speaking of sweet videos, TPT was at our 10 year Blowout anniversary (to the day!) at Varsity Theater a few weeks back, filming for an upcoming episode of their show The Lowertown Line. Last week they kicked out this teaser video of the “Get Down” encore just to let you know what they’re working with. If you were there, this is a total blast to relive. And if you weren’t there, hopefully it gives you an idea of what a Doomtree party really looks like (ahem, we’re going on tour soon). Check it out.

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New videos just keep rolling out this week! Yesterday NPR premiered two new Dessa videos from her recent performance with VocalEssence at Orchestra Hall. Check out a crushing rendition of “Skeleton Key” up first, followed by a brand new unreleased song titled “The Good Fight.” That one is my favorite. Read all about what NPR had to say right HERE, and watch both vids below.

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And now for the grand finale of video segues: Our Doomtree documentary Team The Best Team is officially two years old now, and to celebrate the occasion (and the holiday season in general) we’re streaming the entire 70-minute film for FREE.99!!!! That’s right, from now until the end of the year you can watch Team The Best Team with your loved ones for absolutely NADA. I recommend getting some brandy ciders poured up and making a double-header out of it alongside Love, Actually. That’s just me though. ENJOY!

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Now for some upcoming Doomtree-related shows. Dessa, Four Fists, and Mike Mictlan are all performing at New Years Eve parties next week. Dessa will be headlining the big Crystal Ball party down at International Market Square in Minneapolis. Judging from what I’ve seen of previous years, this one is gonna be something else. Grab details and ticket information right HERE.

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That very same night P.O.S and Astronautalis will performing a rare Four Fists set down the road at the Triple Rock, with our very own Mike Mictlan on main support. Details and all sorts of ticket info right HERE.

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Which leads us to the big main event: Doomtree’s All Hands Tour is happening all over the US in February and March! Cecil Otter, Dessa, Mike Mictlan, Paper Tiger, P.O.S, and Sims will be rolling through a ton of cities near you in no time flat. I gotta sit this one out due to the whole three babies thing (just wasn’t quite enough room in the budget for my own family bus), but I will be FaceTiming the whole crew like a champ. Make sure you check out the all the sweet deetz and ticket links right HERE. Tickets to some of these are already moving super fast. Oh, and we if you’re anywhere near Austin, TX or Providence, RI you’re in luck: we just added shows in your towns!

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Speaking of All Hands, don’t forget about the ridiculous All Hands Pre-Order going on right now at our very own Doomtree Webstore! I know we’re starting to sound like a broken record, but the pre-order concept is really what allows us to continue to put out music on a regular basis. The money we generate from early sales of the crew album will not only help us with this current campaign (music videos, publicists, radio, manufacturing), but will also go towards new projects and the early costs that accrue from them (studio time, production, design, etc). All of the five rappers are currently working on upcoming solo records, so that’s a lot of music (and expenses) to sort out. Anyways, I’ll spare you the entire economical breakdown, but that’s just one example of why I’m constantly mentioning this INSANELY COOL ALL HANDS PRE-ORDER THAT YOU REALLY SHOULD CONSIDER PURCHASING RIGHT HERE. BAM!

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Speaking of merch, we just added a ton of new stuff from the Last Blowout Ever to the webstore, including new crew and solo shirts, screenprinted posters, parts of the Surly Doomtree line, a collaboration with Nice City Clothing, plus SOCKS and GLOVES! Check out everything below, and click right HERE for more details. If you are purchasing other items along with the pre-order, we recommend that you place two separate orders to ensure that non pre-order items are delivered to you prior to the All Hands release date.

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 Doomtree “Blowout X” Shirt

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Doomtree “Last Blowout Ever” Screenprinted Poster

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Doomtree “All Hands” Knit Gloves

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Doomtree “No Kings” Socks

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Doomtree “Minnesota Nice” Shirt

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Doomtree “Minnesota Nice” Crewneck

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Dessa “Notebook” Shirt

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P.O.S “Lock-Picks” Long-Sleeve Shirt

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Mike Mictlan “HELLA FRREAL” Shirt

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Paper Tiger “Logo” Shirt

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Allllllllllright, that for real does it on the SELL SELL SELL tip. Here’s a handful of excellent R&B Bonus Jams that I’ve been bumping as of late. This new D’Angelo record has stayed on repeat for the last few weeks. There is a ridiculous amount of stuff going on in each of these tracks. It definitely rewards multiple listens. The last song on the album is one of the greatest things I’ve yet to hear in my long-legged life. Check out “Another Life” below.

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BEST NEWS: The-Dream is back with a new heater! This dude has been at the top of his game for like eight years now, and based off this song, the reign will not let up any time soon. Glad to have him back after a bit of a hiatus since that last free EP thing he did. Check out this radio rip of “Fruition” and listen through to the crazy build at the end. SO GOOD.

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And now for something very, very dear to my heart. A previously completely unreleased Luther Vandross song was just unearthed and tacked onto his new UK Greatest Hits collection. JOY TO THE WORLD!!! Turns out this track was recorded back in 1994 around the time of his Never Let Me Go album.  There is some sweet post-New Jack Swing happening in here. Check out “Love It Love It” below. GLORIOUS.

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Now that you’ve got me on a Luther kick, let’s send this thing off with a couple of the best Christmas songs ever recorded. Here’s the video for “This is Christmas,” which has some amazing gift wrapping going on, not to mention band leader Nat Adderley, Jr. rocking a very stylish turtleneck sweater. Heartwarming stuff.

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Now for the monster 3/4 ballad that is “Every Year, Every Christmas.”

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Picking things up a bit, let’s go into “Kiss for Christmas.” Vintage Vandross, dawg. The best.

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And now for the barnburner grand finale. My favorite Christmas song of all time: “The Mistletoe Jam.” You will not find a better jam in all of the land. It is a national treasure that should be shouted on high and protected at all costs.

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There you have it. I’ll leave you with a couple final Bonus Baby Pic to close out the year. Consider a virtual holiday card from me to you. Here’s Lou, Penny, and Cam in a rare moment of togetherness. It was NOT EASY to pull this off. Happy Holidays from our whole family to yours!

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OK, that does it for real! I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing couple of weeks spending time with loved ones and recharging your batteries. I’ll see you back here on the first Tuesday of 2015 and we can start this blog thing up all over again. It’s gonna be a good year. See you soon!

– Beak

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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

Twitter: @_LAZERBEAK

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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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HANNAH HOFMANN (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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BEN LaFOND (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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HANNAH HOFMANN (more HERE)

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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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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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