P.O.S. and Astronautalis Four Fists record release at Triple Rock, 10/08/13
During a dynamic take on "Bumper," Astronautalis instructed all of us to "dance like you're in the shower," and the crowd responded by getting loose. The jovial interplay between P.O.S. and Astronautalis had everyone cracking up between songs (as well as during their songs, with both messing up their verses during "The Story of my Life"), and that relaxed camaraderie proved to be a winning, and explosive, combination, as songs everyone in the crowd were already familiar with took on an added urgency and vital edge.
Astronautalis jumped in the crowd to dance during the heated outro to "Midday Moon," connecting with the crowd in a personal way that only strengthened the bond between them. In a clear example of Minnesota Nice, the crew stopped the show for a brief moment while someone in the crowd looked for their glasses, but that break didn't last long, as P.O.S. counted down, "5...4...3...2...1...rap show" as "Terrorish" kicked in and Astronautalis consoled the fan by saying "Remember that time that you lost your glasses at an awesome rap show?"
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And indeed it was an awesome rap show, as the guys brought the set to a triumphant close with a flurry of flat out bangers, with Astronautalis' new song "Running Away" flowing into riotous versions of "Fuck Your Stuff" and "All Of It," causing Andy to briefly reminisce, "Remember that time two and a half years ago when I didn't live here? Yeah, that sucked." After an updated, frantic version of "Trouble Hunters," Doomtree's Mike Mictlan joined the crew and helped truly set the club off with the unofficial hip-hop anthem of the Twin Cities, "Get Down," which had everyone in the club (including the opening acts) jumping in time to the track's towering beats.
After an endearing tribute from P.O.S. to his cohorts, "I love hanging out with my nerdy-ass friends," the powerful, exultant set came to a celebratory close with the flip-side to Four Fists new 7-inch, "MMMMMHMMMMM," with the crowd a bit disappointed at first when they announced it was their last song. "We live here, and we'll be back to play some more shows really soon," P.O.S. said consolingly. And with performances as potent as this one, here's to hoping they don't make us wait too long for another party, for it doesn't matter what night of the week it goes down, we'll all be there.
Personal Bias: P.O.S. has long been my favorite local rapper, and Astronautalis has easily won me over with his dynamic live shows, but I was curious how they would work the stage together. Those concerns were put to rest as the duo delivered my favorite rap show of the year.
The Crowd: The club was packed straight from the start with hip-hop fans who knew we were in for something special.
Overheard In The Crowd: "First of all, P.O.S. is way better than Atmosphere."
Random Notebook Dump: Astronautalis playfully took P.O.S. to task for saying he had a die on his t-shirt, claiming that the singular form is dice -- "I played some D&D on the regular back in the day" -- but sorry Andy, Stef was right on this one.
The River, The Woods
We're All Thirsty
The Story Of My Life
Lockpicks, Knives, Bricks and Bats
Two Years Before The Mast
Fuck Your Stuff
All Of It
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