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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tonight in Music: Fin de Cinema and Jolie Holland

Posted by Lex Chase on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM


FIN DE CINEMA: GOOD NIGHT BILLYGOAT, WOODEN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND,
BLOOD BEACH

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) I can't believe something as cool as this is going to happen. While the super beautiful, surrealist 1976 Czech new wave film Mala Morska Vila (The Little Mermaid) screens, crazy good local bands Good Night Billygoat, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, and Blood Beach will score the film. SUZETTE SMITH


JOLIE HOLLAND, STEFAN JECUSCO
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Jolie Holland is from Texas, but her kinda bluesy, kinda chanteuse-y songs defy both regionalism and chronology. Her songs are evocative because they are intended to be, but what has always set her apart in my mind is the way she seems to masticate every syllable, rolling it around in her mouth before sending it on its way. But for her passionate superfans, it is her lyrics that matter, profoundly describing the experiences of her devotees. On her fifth album, Pint of Blood, she channels '70s folk rock to such an extent that any CSNY fan will find it familiar and enjoyable. It isn't a country album, but its distorted guitars and sad melodies—and emotional earnestness—bring to mind heartbreak in hazy bars like the best of them. REBECCA WILSON

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