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Go see Sarah Jaffe! (All the cool people are doing it)

By by dianna wray/dwray@vicad.com
April 13, 2011 at 2:05 p.m.
Updated April 12, 2011 at 11:13 p.m.


IF YOU GO

WHAT: Sarah Jaffe

WHEN: 8 p.m., Thursday

WHERE: The Shady Grove, 1624 Barton Springs Road, Austin

COST: Free

WHAT: Sarah Jaffe

WHEN: Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: The Bronze Peacock Room, House of Blues, 1204 Caroline St., Houston

COST: $10 in advance, $12 at the door

Sarah Jaffe is coming to the area. Go see her.

You may not realize how awesome that is, but that's OK.

In six months, everyone will be talking about her, and you can say you knew about her first.

(We'll know better around here, but don't worry, we won't tell.)

A home-grown Texas artist, Jaffe hails from Denton, and came out of that special little town's especially, specifically weird music scene a few years back.

She came in a fresh-faced 21-year-old and went from playing for open mic nights, to sweeping the local music awards.

Since then, she has landed a recording contract and opened for the likes of Norah Jones and Midlake, on her way to earning a name for herself.

Her debut album, "Suburban Nature" - which was recorded in an old funeral parlor, fun fact - has the feel of anybody who's ever wrestled with the big messy emotions, and pulled some truth out of them.

That sounds cliche, but I'm on the verge of just copping out and calling her a Texan Joni Mitchell, so at least there's been an attempt to give this impressive musician her very own description.

Jaffe has been touring behind her first album since it dropped last May, and she'll be swinging through Austin and Houston as she kicks off another leg of the tour.

She's got a great voice and the skill to pen the kinds of songs that get you through bad break-ups and those bad days that seem to come gift wrapped in misery.

Her songs, "Clementine" and "Before You Go," are personal favorites of mine. They are the kind that pin the feeling down exactly.

Try listening to the poignant and catchy rhythmic intensity of "Clementine" without tapping your toes.

You'll find yourself singing along, and wishing you were both "a little more delicate" and named Clementine, right along with Jaffe. She's that deft and her songs are that good. Seriously.

She's well worth the price of a ticket - and if you catch the Austin concert, it's free - so go see her. These are your marching orders. That is all.

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