TVD Recommends: Dessa at Beachland Tavern, tonight, 1/9

Dessa possesses a compelling balance of brazen aggression with delicate, songstress-style crooning which creates her own unique and sublime niche. It’s not her voice that sets her apart, although it’s evident that the Minnesota native can sing.

It’s her delivery. When Dessa begins rapping and gaining speed, she spits fire, serving your ears with her unique brand of intelligent lyricism; her background in slam poetry proving a potent weapon.

Dessa’s newest album, Castor, the Twin, offers remixed versions of previously released works with the integration of live instruments. It’s got a jazz element that melds seamlessly with her sly vocals, but don’t get too cozy. Right when you’re vibin’ to it, she’ll switch up and spit something that makes you really tune into what she’s saying. We’re anxiously awaiting the next album. In the meanwhile, we’ve got this show to look forward too, right?

Show starts at 9, doors are at 8. A ticket will run you $12 if you plan ahead, or $14 if you wait until the last minute. Doesn’t matter either way as long as you’re there.

Cleveland is serving its constituents a slew of hip hop artists worth catching this winter, and we think missing out on Dessa at the Beachland would be terrible. Don’t get caught making that mistake. We’ll see you there.

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