The Balding and the Beautiful

Atmosphere's emo king, Slug, talks hip-hop, groupies, and how hair loss saved his life

Not every review has been glowing, and not every fan is happy. Slug's confronted with this constantly, whether it's a MySpace message telling him his new stuff sucks or kids coming up to him when he's working the merch table before gigs — as he did on Atmosphere's recent European tour — to say, "I hope you play some old shit tonight, because I'm not really feelin' the new one."

"It's funny," Slug notes, "because when kids complain like, 'Man, I want those angry songs that you used to make that I could relate to about why I hate my girlfriend...' you know what, man? If you keep listening to those fucking songs, you're gonna continue having girlfriends to hate. And if I keep reading these fucking Bukowski books, I'm gonna keep being a piece of shit.

When life gives you lemons...
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Atmosphere, with Blueprint, Abstract Rude, and DJ Rare Groove. Friday, October 3, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 7:30 p.m. $17. Call 954 727-0950, or visit www.jointherevolution.net.

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"Anyway," he concludes, "I kinda feel like it's my job to challenge people who like us... because otherwise I'm not really respecting the audience; I'm just a caterer. And I would think catering to you is more a sellout move than challenging you."

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