Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dessa to tour

On June 22nd, Minneapolis lyricist Dessa—“one of the most diverse and talented artists in indie rap” (URB)—will kick off her 20-city ‘Parts of Speech Tour’ in support of her new album of the same name with two sold out shows in her hometown.  The tour will take her out to the West Coast including a stop at LA’s Troubadour and wraps up with a play at the Frank Gehry designed Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millenium Park for the City of Chicago's "Downtown Sounds" series.  A “beautiful writer” whose lyrics are “moving and provocative”, Dessa’s Parts of Speech (out 6/25) is her “most personal, introspective work to date” (Bullet). 

As Doomtree collective’s only female emcee, Dessa has established herself as a highly literate and imaginative lyricist, earning praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, Billboard, MTV, and many more with her previous LP.  Now, on ‘Parts of Speech,’ the Twin Cities native strikes a compelling balance between the electronic and organic, combining innovative hip-hop beats with multi-layered instrumentation and laying the groundwork for her uniquely expressive rap-sing and whip-smart songwriting.  As for Dessa’s live shows, New York's Village Voice says “Dessa's fluid, dynamic presence beautifully blends rap and poetry, and does the difficult job of humanizing the explosive beats." 

Watch the lyric video for “dark, hard-stomping” (Billboard) single “Warsaw” from Parts of Speech at BlackBook: 

Dessa Tour Dates:
6/22 - St. Paul, MN - Fitzgerald Theater (SOLD OUT)
6/29 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue (SOLD OUT)
7/08 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
7/09 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
7/11 - Phoenix, AZ - Cresent Ballroom
7/12 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
7/13 - West Hollywood, CA - The Trobadour
7/15 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
7/16 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord
7/17 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium
7/19 - Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown
7/20 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
7/21 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
7/22 - Boise, ID - Nuerolux
7/23 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
7/25 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
7/26 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
7/27 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
7/29 - Chicago, IL - Millenium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
7/30 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird

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