Fuck Yeah Females : Spotlight on Dessa

dessaIt’s no secret that I adore Dessa. Not in a creepy way, but a high school “YOU GET ME!” kind of way. I’ve been drawn to her music since I first heard of Doomtree years ago, and that connection was only solidified with her newest album, Parts of Speech.

A lot of her songs come off as a sort of spoken word piece, which is understandable since she’s such an incredible writer and poet. Her words flow so easily and with meaning – you can hear the happiness, the strength, and the sadness in her voice. Every live performance is like telling her story for the very first time – the good, the bad, and the love lost.

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The weather sucks : Stay inside and listen to music

It’s hard to get up and go to work when the weather is basically telling you to stay in bed. Sioux Falls has been hit with an ice storm making the world a monotone white and grey. It’s definitely what I would call a Bon Iver and hot chocolate kind of day, but if you’re looking for a few newer tunes, let me try to help. Continue reading

My Week : Interpreted by Music

Monday : Culture Cry Wolf announces new Sapient Sessions EP
I am a big CCW fan, and not just because I have friends in the group. I’ve been a fan since I heard their ska-punk-rock music combined with hip-hop influences a few years back. The Minneapolis group has made it down to our beautiful Sioux Falls several times, gathering quite the following. This week they announced their new album, produced by Portland’s Sapient (a personal favorite of mine). Sapient just released Slump a little over a month ago and it’s still playing regularly in my earbuds. The six-track album will be released for FREE on May 14, with a release party in Minneapolis on May 18. Check out the video below for a sneak peak at the album. Continue reading

Fuck Yeah Females : A spotlight on some leading ladies

I’ve realized recently that I don’t shine nearly enough light on the lovely ladies that frequent my playlist. Let’s change that.

I do plan to do more posts like this in the future  as there are far too many good artists to be mentioned in one post, but start with these three to get your estrogen flowing.

dessaI think Dessa is the number one artist that I actually wish I was friends with. Not like Facebook-friends, but like text-her-inside-jokes-about-that-karaoke-bar-we-ended-up-at-after-hours-on-a-bender-night-in-a-random-hidden-town-kind-of-friend.

That sounds creepy. Maybe we can start by being in the same book club or something.

Dessa is part of Doomtree, a Minneapolis hip-hop group. She’s and excellent writer, rapper, vocalist, and apparently teacher. I envy her ability to wear the biggest hoop earrings without looking like a Hooters waitress. She also helped create the only lipstick I ever wear.

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