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Canadian singer--songwriter Julie Doiron has been doing her solo gig since the mid-90s, drifting from obscurity to semi-obscurity despite keeping up consistent quality. Her records have always been bedroom intimate and minimally arranged; she spins bare-all, painful narratives out of domestic relationships, but she does it ever so quietly and plainly. Sometimes too quietly and plainly. So her latest, Woke Myself Up (Jagjaguwar), comes as something of a surprise. The stories are just as dark and nuanced, but the cottony country drift of her sultry voice is edged with something a little pissed and raw. Her backing band lays hard into the beat and scuzzes it up for some drama, peeling out into jagged, lazy solos---it sounds like Feist backed by Crazy Horse once they've built up some steam. Calvin Johnson headlines. a 8 PM, South Union Arts, 1352 S. Union, southunionarts.com, $10 suggested donation. A --Jessica Hopper

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