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2:54 and Widowspeak


Doug Fir (map) Southeast
Fri., June 22, 9 p.m. 2012 21+


Virtually all popular music is based on repetition—repeating rhythms, chord structures, catchy refrains. So why keep listening? Because the best musicians find mystery and suspense within those repeating phrases; a really good song is like a story that grabs you and won't let go until that final beat. Which is why London band 2:54 doesn't quite pass the test. Once you've heard the opening bars of any song on their self-titled debut, you can imagine, more or less, how the rest of the song will sound. Without much exception, you'll be right. Luckily, Brooklyn opening band Widowspeak offers much more mystery in their relaxed, wan, Velvet-y jangle and thump. Boasting some Northwest roots—members hail from Tacoma and Lakewood, Washington—Widowspeak have an inviting, involving sound, plus a devastatingly good rewrite of "In the Pines" on their excellent self-titled debut, recorded with Jarvis Taveniere of Woods. 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.
  • Fri., June 22, 9 p.m. 2012
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