By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
This is Hesta Prynn (dig that name), no holds barred, keeping it real: "Keep choice legal, your wardrobe regal; Chekhov wrote The Seagull, and Snoopy is a beagle." Hesta has a fabulous New Yawk let-me-massage-you-with-sandpaper voice, but even better is Guinea Love, who's got the Roxanne Shanté talent for sounding nonchalantly emphatic and casually sultry (comes from an ease with counterrhythms, which she also shares with Shanté: can hit three beats where you expect four, so her voice seems to float, no matter how full-throttle it is otherwise).
Guinea calls out, "To all the boys known for drunk dialing/'Cause my smile's so fucking beguiling," but the three women have got their priorities straight. DJ Sprout: "I write rhymes at night, got ink in my bed." Yeah. I love the wordlife, I love to boogie, I love the verbal round.
Northern State (www.northernstate.net) play Parkside Lounge July 13.