Jolie Holland | July 15 | Englert Theatre | $16 | 8:00 p.m.
Pint of Blood dropped on ANTI Records June 28. Stream the whole thing on Paste.
Jolie Holland’s latest album brings her together with side players The Grand Chandeliers (Shahzad Ismaily on drums, Grey Gersten on guitar) for a series of songs that feature electric and classic rock influences under her throaty vocal musings. Pint of Blood is touted by the label as a “complete vision” of the artist, down to the watercolor she did for the cover.
A serial collaborator with artists from David Gray to Sage Francis and Booker T. Jones, this time around Holland called her own shots as co-producer, bringing in contributors like Mark Ribot on slide guitar to round out the sound through the album’s strong late tracks. The reverberated noodlings of Ribot and Gersten threaten to drown Holland out at times, but she claws back out of the battering waves into the spotlight…just like that sun-bleached mermaid.
The show is another apt booking by the Englert Theatre for their “Intimate at the Englert” series (LV is a proud sponsor)–Holland’s magnetism and shape-shifting voice, which morphs so easily from folk and blues into a popular rock and roll sound, will be best experienced up close and personal. Buy tickets to the show here.
Don’t sleep on openers Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside. The charming, Portland-based band recently released their debut album Dirty Radio. See also: their cool music video, and a peppy, flattering Daytrotter session.