What Does the "Last Blowout Ever" Mean for Doomtree?

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The emotion of the Last Blowout Ever is all over Mike Mictlan's face.

Doomtree gave everything they had to give over the past week. They left the stage at First Ave on Saturday night in a deafening drone of applause, the wings and teeth held highly by the crowd as they gave their final salute to the hometown heroes.

This was the conclusion of a week that saw the hip-hop collective stage seven staggering events in seven days. Moreover, Blowout X was a culmination of 10 years of DIY wherewithal that has propelled the group from a rag-tag circle of hopefuls to absolute idols in the Minneapolis/St. Paul music scene. And while the weeklong blitz of celebration and exhibition was a fitting homage to that decade of rebellion, as the echoes of "Team the Best Team" dissipated in the mainroom that night, there was still the lingering question of what will replace it next year.

What does the "Last Blowout Ever" mean for Doomtree? What does it mean for the Twin Cities?

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Doomtree and Surly Reclaim the Bar Crawl for the Twin Cities

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Seven establishments, including Turf Club, currently have Surly Doomtree on tap.

Doomtree and Surly Brewing joined forces on Sunday in an effort to reclaim the bar crawl from the primordial.

The Twin Cities rap collective led two separate tours -- one coursing through Minneapolis and the other tackling St. Paul -- with both ending in a secret show in Northeast at CO Exhibitions. The crawl was in celebration of the supergroup's collaboration with Surly Brewing, which will be available at the crawl's locations as well as the Turf Club and all other Blowout events for a limited time.

After the past week, Minneapolis denizens could logically be sick of Doomtree. After announcing their new album All Hands on Tuesday and taking over the Current for six uninterrupted hours on Friday, they kicked off their farewell Blowout concert series Saturday. But that's one of the unfuckwitably cool things about Minneapolis -- we have a symbiotic relationship with the Wings and Teeth.

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The New Doomtree Album Is All Hands

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The Doomtree springs anew in 2015.

Even after the final Blowout X note hits the speakers, Doomtree are keeping the party going into the new year with a new record. All Hands is the follow-up to 2011's No Kings and the third "official" crew album.

Out January 27, the 13-track collection was created earlier this year and features production from members Cecil Otter, Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, and P.O.S. (And, obviously, vocal contributions from Dessa, Mike Mictlan, Sims, Otter, and P.O.S.) Following up the drop of subway vigilante single ".38 Airweight," a new track from the collection called "Gray Duck" smacks the online airwaves today.

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Get Ready for Doomtree Beer

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It'll be like this, but with more Surly in everyone's hands.

Twin Cities hip-hop crew Doomtree teased earlier this year that their 10th Blowout celebration would feature some sort of collaboration with Surly Brewing. As previously reported, the Doomtree Blowout X is the last one ever, and is expected to mark the release of a new album.

Now we discover that Surly is prepping an authentic draft craft beer created with input from P.O.S., Dessa, Sims, Mike Mictlan, Cecil Otter, Paper Tiger, and Lazerbeak. This will reportedly be "non-traditional and hard to classify." The "NO KINGS" of beers, if you will. The beverage will arrive in conjunction with Surly Doomtree Day, set for Sunday, December 7.

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Mike Mictlan: "I Was the Aztec Ancient Interstellar Galactic Traveler"

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Photo by Zoe Prinds-Flash

Mike Mictlan | 7th St. Entry | Saturday, November 1
Doomtree MC Mike Mictlan dropped his latest project HELLA FRREAL this week. It's a powerfully crafted combination of the abstract, hardcore, and inspirational parts of the rapper's brain. As grimy and hard-hitting as his last project, SNAXXX, Mictlan again advances his sound by effectively blending harsh realities and positive forward momentum.

Gimme Noise caught up with the rapper at Palmer's for an enlightening conversation about his process and his upcoming album release show at 7th Street Entry this Saturday.

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Doomtree Blowout X is the Last Ever

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Photo By Kelly Loverud
Doomtree's annual Blowouts have become a rite of passage for area music fans who want to combat the cold sting of winter in Minnesota by getting down with their friends and the local rap collective. Now the talented hip-hop crew has decided to go out blazing with one final series of shows. Between December 6 and 13, Doomtree will be throwing their last -- and biggest -- Blowout ever, with 10 different events packed into eight fun-filled days.

This doesn't mean the end of Doomtree in any way, just the final installment of their now legendary Blowouts, with plenty of new and exciting traditions sure to come from them in the future.

But for now, take a look at all the wild events Doomtree have planned for Blowout X, and start getting some rest for those eight crazy days in December.

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P.O.S. Gets His Own Glam Doll Donut

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This weekend, P.O.S. officially returns to the stage as a solo artist. As curator and performer at the Fucking Best Show Ever, he'll fit within a mix of experimental hip-hop, R&B, and electronic textures. It could well be one of the most savory and unexpected live experiences of the year.

Speaking of savory, Glam Doll Donuts decided to get into the spirit this week with the Best Donut Ever. Like the wasabi-tinged "Hot Messersmith" from May, they're not playin'.

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Sims' new solo album is Field Notes

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The rest of 2014 is shaping up to be dominated by the Doomtree crew. In addition to the rap collective's highly anticipated new album, the behind-the-scenes coffee-table book coming this month, and tour dates for most of the group -- culminating in the annual wintertime Doomtree Blowout extravaganza -- Sims is putting out a new solo record of his own. Field Notes will arrive September 2 via Doomtree Records.

Its first single, "Uh Huh," features Sims rapping over Cecil Otter's beats. Give a listen below.

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Doomtree's new track ".38 Airweight" explores mind of subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz

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The official push for Doomtree's follow-up to 2011's No Kings is underway with ".38 Airweight." A forboding beat by Cecil Otter, Lazerbeak, and Paper Tiger -- originally called "Cheesy Crusty," they told the Current -- pushes the crew's missives into dark territory as they explore 1980s subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz. The controversial figure shot four young black men who were allegedly trying to mug him, and sparked a national conversation about what role guns should play in our society.

The song's title refers to the model of Smith & Wesson Goetz was carrying, and it's expected to appear on the third official Doomtree album. No title or release date has been announced just yet, but the track is streaming all over the place.

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Doomtree book hits coffee tables in August

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From Doomtree: Every Single Day
Doomtree just added another chapter, literally, to their hip-hop legacy in the Twin Cities. Out August 26, the crew has prepared Doomtree: Every Single Day, a 500-page book filled with up-close photographs, set lists, lyrics, gear, backstage moments, and more of what has made P.O.S., Dessa, Sims, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan, Lazerbeak, and Paper Tiger tick for over a decade.

For the Doomtree fan who has memorized every verse in Dessa's poetry collection A Pound of Steam or the recent convert, this massive collection of artifacts can fit on your shelf for $49.99.

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