Jolie Holland’s surreal instrumentation and downtrodden lyrical weavings make for an interesting experience to say the least—her recent “Springtime Can Kill You,” her follow-up to her ingenious debut “Escondida,” follows in the footsteps of blues greats but adds venturous oddity, Holland’s soulful voice brooding in its own misery. Many have called her a female Tom Waits, which I’m not so sure about, but it’s nicely similar in nature—inventive, progressive, not for everyone but damn good, an old car that reeks of history and regret. While eventually quite haunting and hypnotic, “Springtime Can Kill You” won’t grab you at first—it takes some time, a slow burner, but once it gets going it doesn’t quit. While no one could describe a Holland show as fun, you’ll never be disappointed. (Tom Lynch)
July 27 at Schubas.