Doomtree’s Mike Mictlan announces the release of SNAXXX (informative video if you prefer).  Musically, SNAXXX takes the traditional everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink Doomtree sound and blows the doors off the hinges. New comer 2% Muck (Tha Clerb, Spyder Baybie Raw Dog) produces 11 of the 15 tracks, and it’s his rapid fire snare patterns, crushing low end, and blown out synth lines that anchor and shape this new sonic direction for Mike. SNAXXX also features a slew of Minnesota’s finest up and coming rappers (Lizzo, Greg Grease, Spyder Baybie Raw Dog, Freez) along with lifelong Doomtree partner-in-crime P.O.S, who shows up on two of the album’s cuts. Mictlan’s million-mile-a-minute delivery, tongue twister patterns, and abstract introspection remain completely intact, but there is a much more playful, ambitiously creative side that now creeps heavily into the mix.
While Mike wraps up his next official full length, in order to give people a taste of where he’s at now and where he’s headed. Just think of it as the stepping stone between Hand Over Fist and the future world of HELLA FRREAL.  Also be sure to catch Mictlan out on tour in November with P.O.S for the first leg of the We Don’t Even Live Here Tour (tour dates listed below).

We Don’t Even Live Here Tour Dates:
10/26/2012 // Minneapolis, MN — First Avenue
11/1/2012 // Milwaukee, WI — Turner Hall
11/2/2012 // Chicago, IL — Bottom Lounge
11/3/2012 // Detroit, MI — Magic Stick
11/4/2012 // Cleveland Hts, OH — Grog Shop
11/5/2012 // Pittsburgh, PA — Altar Bar
11/7/2012 // New York, NY — Irving Plaza
11/8/2012 // Boston, MA — Royale
11/9/2012 // Philadelphia, PA — First UU Church
11/10/2012 // Washington, DC — Rock & Roll Hotel
11/11/2012 // Carrboro, NC — Cat’s Cradle
11/13/2012 // Orlando, FL — The Social
11/14/2012 // Tallahassee, FL — Club Downunder
11/15/2012 // Baton Rouge, LA — Spanish Moon
11/16/2012 // Houston, TX — Fitzgerald’s
11/17/2012 // Austin, TX — The Mohawk
11/18/2012 // Dallas, TX — The Loft


Minneapolis, MN (July 11, 2012) Hip-hop star Dessa of the Doomtree collective has collaborated with The Elixery to develop a lipstick for release in September 2012. The limited-edition lip color, expertly colored by master makeup artist Crist Ballas, was selected by the star as her ideal shade. Dessa will be donating her proceeds from the sale of the lipstick to educate and empower women in developing countries.
Dessa couldn’t be more pleased with the color itself, but the philosopher also keeps in mind her strong commitment to ethics and social justice.
“In college, I wrote my final thesis on the philosophy of Martha Nussbaum,” said Dessa. “Studying her theories I learned about the surprising consequences of educating girls, consequences which compound and refract through entire societies. Educating women often changes marital age and birthrates, and employed women demonstrate different spending patterns than employed men. Ten years after having studied the philosophy of this stuff, I couldn’t be more excited to actually make a real-world contribution. I’m extraordinarily proud to be supporting CARE’s programs to educate girls around the world.”
Launch Party
The “Dessa” lipstick will launch on September 15th at Icehouse in Minneapolis, MN. 89.3 The Current’s Barb Abney will keep the party going throughout the evening, along with musical guests Aby Wolf and Ashley Gold backed by Dessa’s live ensemble: Dustin Kiel, Sean McPherson, and Joey Van Phillips. Prizes, giveaways, and other entertainment throughout the evening. Launch party begins 8pm, $5 cover. Limited VIP tickets available for a pre-party meet and greet with Dessa. VIP ticket includes drinks, hors d’oevres, and full tube of the Dessa shade. (7-8 pm, $35)  Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave S. Details and tickets at  21+. Preorders for the lipstick will start on August 21st at and



photography by Prentice Banner

This past Saturday P.O.S took the stage taking part in MPR’s ‘Muse for Music’ held at the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN. ‘Muse for Music’ was a special commission from 89.3 The Current which explored “the hidden creative origins and stories surrounding some of music’s most notable songs.” The event was hosted and curated by Jeremy Messersmith and included performances by Doomtree’s P.O.S, Chastity Brown, and storyteller Dave Mondy. P.O.S delivered a showstopper when he joined Messersmith onstage to perform rearranged versions of “Let It Rattle” and “Never Better” off of his 2009’s Never Better album. Noting his personal muse and favorite band Spoon, P.O.S covered “Metal Detektor” as well as Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover.”

In early June The Fitzgerald will showcase another Doomtree member, Sims, when he takes part in MPR’s ‘Works for Words’ hosted by Chris Koza. The show is expected to “explore the meanings of the lyrics and importance of words in pop, rock and folk songs. From gibberish words to poetic love lines with special guests to help find enhance the stories told in in song.” The audience is in store for a night of firsts at this one-of-kind event. Sims’ smart, aggressive lyrics and raw delivery will be backed by a lush, soaring orchestration.

Recently recognized by KSTP Channel 5 news for their accomplishments within the Minneapolis hip hop scene Doomtree have been going non-stop in support of their most recent release No Kings. Having just wrapped up a 3-month US national tour and a 2-week stint in Europe, Doomtree will spend the rest of the summer playing the festival circuit including Lollapalooza as well as various solo gigs.

Doomtree Upcoming Tour Dates
6/16 – Minneapolis, MN – Rock The Garden – SOLD OUT
7/13 – Dour, Belgium – Dour Festival
7/20 – 07/22 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
7/27 °©- Somerset, WI – Sound Town Music & Camping Festival at Somerset Amphitheater
8/4 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza – (8/4 day passes SOLD OUT)

Sims Upcoming Tour Dates
5/22 – Stockholm, Sweden – Fasching*
5/23 – Oslo, Norway – BLÅ*
5/24 – Bergen, Norway – Garage*
6/8 – St. Paul, MN – The Fitzgerald Theater

* – with Brother Ali

P.O.S Upcoming Tour Dates
5/27 – Shakopee, MN – Soundset Festival

Dessa Upcoming Tour Dates
6/19 – Grand Forks, ND – North Dakota Museum of Art
6/20 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
6/21 – Rochester, MN – Peace Plaza
6/22 – Sioux Falls, SD – 605 Summer Classic
6/23 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room


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