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Wednesday, March 16 • 11:00pm - Thursday, March 17 •12:00am

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Dessa is an essayist, a rapper, and a proud member of Doomtree, Minneapolis' ascendant hip-hop collective. Her most recent album, A Badly Broken Code, was enthusiastically received by NPR, the Chicago Tribune, and URB. After her last North American tour, the Utne Reader called her “a one-woman powerhouse.” Dessa’s first book was published on Doomtree Press under the title Spiral Bound. The slim volume of poetry and essays was received as a “dazzling literary debut” by City Pages. Candid, but not confessional, Dessa manages to extract moments of profundity from the most mundane circumstances, and offers full access to the workings of her active mind. In her lyrics and her writing, Dessa’s style is defined by precision—the exactness with which she crafts her characters and her metaphors. She often alternates between wry narrator and tender protagonist. She exercises her wit without forfeiting her sympathies or her earnestness. She’s an artist with a dark, fertile imagination, an agile sense of humor, and very keen aim. Recently, Dessa was named Artist in Residence at the McNally Smith College of Music.

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Dessa’s first full-length record, A Badly Broken Code, introduced her to a national audience as a rapper, a singer, and a potent, imaginative lyricist. It earned a binder of superlative reviews from sources like NPR, The Seattle Times, and AM New York. To tour the album, she assembled... Read More →

Wednesday March 16, 2011 11:00pm - Thursday March 17, 2011 12:00am CDT
Flamingo Cantina

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