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25 Essential Hip-Hop Acts at SXSW 2011

Before you go coastal on us, let's be clear that this is in no way a slap at rap music's primary metropolitan hubs. The fact is that despite being in Boston, the Phoenix covers as much New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles hip-hop as any paper in America, i
Beyond New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, or Atlanta
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 18, 2011

Livening up 2010: Many bands, all over town

It was about the experience in 2010. Whether it was the sweaty, riotous, arm-over-your-buddy's-shoulder type of concert or the ruminative, head-plodding sort, concertgoers in town (and away) had much to immerse in.
Music seen
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 24, 2010

Doomtree + Sontiago at SPACE Gallery, November 28

Something was up with the microphones when the Doomtree crew took the stage on Sunday night at SPACE Gallery.
Music seen
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 03, 2010

Dessa and Doomtree spread beyond hip-hop roots

A dash of coincidence provoked Margret Wander's relatively quick entry into Doomtree, the hip-hop crew whose "Wings + Teeth Tour" comes to the Middle East a week from Saturday.
Come together and grow
By REYAN ALI  |  November 19, 2010

Catching up with Doomtree's other six

Doomtree are a true collective, with no single voice dominating.

By REYAN ALI  |  November 19, 2010

P.O.S. and Dessa at SPACE

Plenty of reason to save that gas money, though, particularly by going to SPACE Gallery to witness two members of Rhymesayers' Doomtree collective push their...
By webteam  |  March 10, 2010


Fresh bedrock

Dessa Darling could never be limited to one area of interest to devote her passions — an author, lyricist, singer, teacher, philosophy-degree holder and lover of linguistics who cuts off and donates her hair to children in need every time she releases so
Probing Dessa's multifaceted persona
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  March 05, 2010

Lady killer

Since the only way to write about female rappers is to harp on gender, here's the catchy kick-paragraph buzznote that we're playing: Dessa has more in common with black Republicans than you might realize. Although she's proud to hail from Venus, the
Anything they can do, Dessa can do better
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 05, 2010