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Strand Of Oaks, Dessa, Fever Marlene (free)

  • Live On King Street 100 King Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Photo by Hannah Hofmann.

Photo by Hannah Hofmann.

Minneapolis rapper/singer/writer/composer Dessa can't really be boiled down to sheer musical output—her last full length was 2013's Parts Of Speech—but she's prolific in her own impossible-to-pin-down way, with recent activities including a multidisciplinary residency of talks and performances at New York City's Greene Space, a collaboration with the Minnesota Orchestra, as well as her ever-bubbling work with fellow members of the Twin Cities' Doomtree crew. Even if her recordings are your only point of entry, though, you can't miss the range and richness of what she's doing. Her 2010 album A Badly Broken Code was full of complex stories and shadowy orchestration, but never had any trouble strutting and swinging like a hip-hop record. And that's the enviable balance Dessa strikes—she's a nerd's nerd, but also a galvanizing MC. She plays here between Philadephia's Strand Of Oaks and Milwaukee band Fever Marlene. —Scott Gordon

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