52 Church street
MA, 02138

Dessa – Tickets – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA – January 13th, 2013



Adeem, H.W. & DJ Emoh Betta

Sun, January 13, 2013

7:00 pm

$13 advance / $15 day of show

This event is 18 and over

Tickets available at TICKETMASTER.COM, or by phone at 800-745-3000. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM, or at the Royale box office Fridays from 12-6PM.

Dessa's first full-length record, A Badly Broken Code, introduced her to a national audience as a rapper, a singer, and a potent, imaginative lyricist. It earned a binder of superlative reviews from sources like NPR, The Seattle Times, and AM New York. To tour the album, she assembled a small cast of talented instrumentalists to re-interpret the disc for a dynamic live concert. Part rap show and part cabaret, the elegant presentation charmed both audiences and critics—not a negligible feat in hip hop, a genre with its share of purists.
Castor, The Twin captures these new arrangements for ten of Dessa's strongest previously released songs. It also includes "The Beekeeper," the haunting advance single from Dessa's new album due in 2012. Vibraphone, piano, viola, and stand-up bass give the record a classical, sometimes orchestral sound for a beautiful and somber effect. The album is immediately identifiable as an intimate recording of live players, with fingers sliding on frets and raw, expressive vocals. The organic instrumentation pushes Dessa's lyrics forward, showcasing the imagery and narratives that define her as a songwriter and an emcee.
The album title references the twin brothers Castor and Pollux of Roman mythology, the pair of bright stars in the Gemini constellation. Pollux was part god, a fighter with metal hands. Castor was the mortal of the pair, but the two were inseparable. After cutting her teeth with her Doomtree cohorts behind the boards, this is Dessa's first record with a wholly organic sound—more tender, human versions of the best material she's released so far.
Born and raised in rural New Hampshire, Adeem has always cut an unlikely figure in the scrappy trenches of underground hip hop. Both his solo work and his collaborations with crews like Glue have established him as a potent voice in hip hop’s world of ever-changing styles and hierarchies. Combining a vast array of influences and styles, Adeem’s new album “The Volume in the Ground” is a startling and vigorous approach that will make him more difficult to categorize than ever.

The Volume In The Ground was recorded in the cold woods of New Hampshire and thick heat of Orlando, FL over a 2 year period with longtime collaborators and veteran producers MF Shalem, Chadeo, Maker, and Nobs, as well as vocalists Kaleigh Baker, Swamburger from Solillaquists of Sound and narrator Sherwin Sleeves. 20 musicians from all over the country lent their instruments and ideas. Distance played a key role forcing each contributor to create in their own world adding their own color and shape to an ever changing canvas. Adeem played the role of director pushing everyone towards the new sound while sorting through the pieces making them connect. The album, which follows a more melody-based style, marks a distinct stylistic departure for Adeem. Into a mix of blues, Americana, folk, and rock, he has injected his signature vocals, a rapid fire delivery that has won him many a rap battle. The result is a sound that takes familiar archetypes and turns them upside down. The album relates the tale of an aged grave digger wrestling ghosts of his own and others’ creation. The story format, not one usually embraced by MCs, allows Adeem to highlight the creative path he has taken since stepping back from the world of traditional hip hop.
H.W. & DJ Emoh Betta
H.W. & DJ Emoh Betta
All heart – all honesty. It’s 2012! Bloggers run the music world, CD sales are non-existent, and many hip hop artists have resorted to the commercialization of their art. For H.W., this could not be further from the truth. Hailing from Boston, MA, H.W. has embodies the definition of heart, spending countless hours chasing the dream with friends across the country. H.W. has toured the United States from Portland, ME to Minneapolis, MN and back. His live show leaves people blown back by the shear ferocity of his stage presence and sincerity. After clocking over 100,00 downloads to date from his releases, H.W. is currently gearing up to share his best work to date with the world. “Wall Papered Exit Wounds” is the first official album from H.W. The songs span years of a man healing from a broken heart and trying to figure out the reasons life just didn’t turn out the way it was meant. From shows, to songs, to life, H.W. gives it all to you;

All heart -all honesty, always.
Venue Information:
The Sinclair
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138

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