Dessa Live at Papa Charlie's January 19, 2012
Dessa @ 11:00p
Transcending what we know as rap, Dessa's heartfelt and poignant poetry comes through with ferocious melodies when she's on the mic. As a musician and writer, she's been compared to Joni Mitchell, but this spoken work artist can pack hundreds of words into a single track while her acappella arrangements are delicate and expressive, full of old world harmonies. Minnesota Public Radio reports, "(Her) facility with language can be intimidating if you're not ready for it. When she talks or sings, her words come at you with a ferocity and intellectual velocity that's pretty uncommon in rap music. Her verbal prowess probably served her well as the only female member of the Minneapolis hip-hop collective, Doomtree."
A. Wolf & Her Claws @ 9:30p
A.Wolf & Her Claws is a new vocal/electronic project featuring the powerful voice of Aby Wolf (Dessa/Doomtree, Dark Dark Dark), supported by the synthesizer wizardry of Jesse Whitney (formerly of Dance Band), Linnea Mohn (Rogue Valley, The Alpha Centauri) on vocals, keys, and bass, and Joey Van Phillips (Mystery Palace, Volcano Insurance) on drums and vibraphone. The group assembled in the winter of 2011 when Wolf was commissioned by the Cedar Cultural Center's 416 Club to write and perform new material with artists she had never worked with before. The genre-melding music created with fantastic collaborators proved to be worthy of more than just one show.