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Tracing the branches of Doomtree’s family tree

Graphics by Andrea Swensson and Nate Ryan

After 10 years of presenting bigger and bigger shows under the banner of the Doomtree Blowout, the longrunning Minneapolis hip-hop crew have declared that this year’s festivities will be their last of this kind. And they’re going out with a bang(arang… ugh I had to): Starting tomorrow night at the Turf Club, Doomtree will cram 10 different events into eight consecutive days, including a special performance in the Current’s UBS Forum that you can win tickets to here.

With the Last Blowout looming, we thought we’d send the crew out in style. Starting at noon, tune into the Local Current stream to hear six solid hours of Doomtree tracks, including cuts from their solo projects and over a dozen exclusive live recordings from the Current’s archives. As your host, I’ll also dig into some of the bands on Doomtree’s sprawling family tree and spin some projects they’ve collaborated with over the years like Gayngs, Lizzo, and Marijuana Deathsquads.

To get my head in the game, I started sketching out a flowchart that illustrates just how connected the seven members of Doomtree are to the larger Twin Cities music scene. To be honest, this is just the tip of the iceberg—most projects listed here are a mere 1 degree of separation away from the core members of the crew, and it doesn’t even delve into Doomtree’s past to explore the connections of former members like MK Larada, Bobby Gorgeous, and Gene Poole.

You’ll also notice that things get a little hectic and circular around Gayngs; for more on those endless connections, you can check out the Gayngs family tree I created for City Pages back in 2011.

Enjoy, and meet ya on the Local Current stream starting at 12 p.m. CT.