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Old 97s and Sarah Jaffe


Doug Fir (map) Southeast
Wed., June 1, 9 p.m. 2011 21+

Doug Fir

The bona fides of Dallas' Old 97's are already well established: They're perhaps the only remaining reliable workhorse in the bevy of bands that rose to prominence during the No Depression/alt-country wave of the late '90s. So turn your attention to opener Sarah Jaffe, the Denton, Texas, singer/songwriter whose first full-length album, Suburban Nature, is monumentally great. Excellent opening track "Before You Go" is a waltz carved out of huge drum cracks and drowsy down strokes on Jaffe's acoustic guitar, all with her surly-sweet growl drawing out notes to haunting lengths. It's a remarkable introduction, and the rest of Suburban Nature is just as good, particularly the road-trip ache of "Clementine," which moves along like a car getting the fuck out of Dodge, putting broken love and bad memories in the rearview mirror. Jaffe sings truth, and beating under the surface of her anguished songs is the undeniable hope that goes along with that truth. NED LANNAMANN

Doug Fir

830 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
Hours: Daily 7 am-2:30am

Venue Hours
  • Daily 7 am-2:30am
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Wed., June 1, 9 p.m. 2011
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