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Jeremy Wagner
Lovers Lane

‘Til Tuesday

| July 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

This weekend you can do Folk & Roots, see 2 Live Crew at the Exxxotica Expo in Rosemont, or, in a bizarre symbiosis of the two, watch Dave Matthews dump poop in the lake at his Caravan. But what for Tuesday? Jolie Holland returns . . .

The painting on Pint Of Blood‘s cover depicts a golden mermaid completely at the sea’s mercy, a recurring image throughout the singer/songwriter’s fifth album for Anti. Immediately she deplores being treated like “all those girls who go home to wonder why,” but owns up to her co-dependency on the following “Remember” and watches helplessly on “Wreckage.” She’s more assertive letting her idiosyncratic vocals navigate the choppy waters; co-billing goes to Grand Chandeliers bandmates Marc Ribot, Shahzad Ismaily, and Grey Gersten, but even when she’s handling a cover like Townes Van Zandt’s “Rex’s Blues,” her nails-on-chalkboard violin obeys the voice before lashing out. (Tuesday@Lincoln Hall with Sally Ford.)

— Steve Forstneger

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