52 Church street
MA, 02138

Dessa – Tickets – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA – June 28th, 2018




Thu, June 28, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$18 advance / $20 day of show

This event is 18 and over

The Sinclair is general admission standing room only. Tickets available at AXS.COM, or by phone at 855-482-2090. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM.

Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and a top-200 entry on the Billboard charts for her album Parts of Speech. She contributed to the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape; her track, "Congratulations,” has notched over 5 million streams. As a writer, she’s been published by The New York Times Magazine, broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio, published two literary collections of her own, and is set to release her first hardcover collection with Dutton Books in the fall of 2018. She's been covered by Pitchfork, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal amongst others. The LA Times says Dessa “sounds like no one else.” The Utne Reader calls her a “one-woman powerhouse.” On the stage and on the page, her style is defined by a ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor. Dessa’s third full-length album Chime (Doomtree Records), listed by NPR as one of 2018’s most anticipated records, is out now. http://smarturl.it/dessachime
MONAKR is an ethereal deep-pop group formed by Grammy-nominated artist Matthew Santos (featured vocalist on Lupe Fiasco’s Superstar) and Saam Hagshenas and Jonathan Marks, formerly of indie band Hey Champ.

Having tried to collaborate for years, the timing and music came together in 2015 with Diamond, a song written by Hagshenas after he lost a family member. Santos added his incredible vocals to the track, and the result led the two to decide this collaboration should live beyond a single song.

The sound of MONAKR has echoes of Hey Champ’s synth-laden pop but with the heart-wrenching gravitas that only Santos’ voice could provide. Working with producer Dan Brunelle (Gemini Club) they crafted a wonderfully received EP, Calling Out.

Calling Out featured 2 resoundingly loved songs - Diamond and the eponymous track, which charted Top 20 on Spotify's Global Viral Hits Chart. Consequence of Sound called Diamond "a radiant and uplifting gem, full of glimmering synths and equally polished hooks”; and Beautiful Buzzz commented that "This is pop perfection". The record was also picked up for much of Eastern Europe by culture-defining label Embassy of Music.

After selling out their debut show, MONAKR played a series of shows and festivals including Mamby on the Beach, CRSSD Fest, and a packed appearance at 2016's NY Fashion Week finale as guests of Hudson Jeans.

Their gorgeous cover of Massive Attacks's celebrated song Teardrop was also recently released (and featured in the Jennifer Lopez drama "Shades of Blue” on NBC.)

The band is currently finishing their follow-up EP, entitled Dos. Slated for August 2017 release, the lead track is Ophelia, a song that is rooted in Shakespearean drama. The accompanying video was shot by
Nick Cavalier and features acclaimed dancer Tracy Lynn.

MONAKR will take to the road in support of Danish rock band Mew this August, followed by several shows with Dessa, a longtime friend with whom they will also perform at this year's Riotfest (Chicago, September 15th).
Venue Information:
The Sinclair
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138

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