Best shows to see: Jolie Holland, Pizza Time

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If for some reason you love live music so much that you need to see more after the three-day Pitchfork festival, you're in luck, because there's still more to take in.

Tonight at Reggie's, crusty old English punks Subhumans will be taking the stage. Tomorrow, melodic punk band Like Bats headline Township. And on Wednesday you can see a classic-rock double-header with Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd in Tinley Park, while Ssion brings their over-the-top live show to Lincoln Hall.

These are of course just a few of the shows happening during the first half of this week. Below are a few more Soundboard picks from our writers (and our weekly Soundboard Spotify playlist).

Mon 7/21: Jolie Holland at Lincoln Hall

"Jolie Holland's latest album, Wine Dark Sea, is the most aggressive, colorful, and dynamic batch of songs she's made since her 2003 debut," says Peter Margasak about the folksy singer-songwriter. "She fronts a resourceful band that gives her a rich, varied platform, and her voice is a stunner—pretty, precise, by turns breathy and guttural, and always assured. But as usual, her singing is also the element that makes it hardest to fully embrace her music. She augments the liquid phrasing of Billie Holiday with a thick twang, then drawls her words as though she's got a mouthful of marbles. She manhandles her words like putty, elongating vowels, adding thick vibrato, and twisting syllables until parsing what she's saying is almost like translating a foreign language. When she adapts the steady-rolling blues of Memphis Minnie on 'Route 30' (adding a nice touch of Piedmont-style songcraft), I can overlook her mannered delivery, but on the skeletal, atmospheric 'I Thought It Was the Moon' it's a bit tougher."

Mon 7/21: Pizza Time at Township

Pizza rock lives at Township tonight. Leor Galil writes, "Denver misfits Pizza Time refer to their favorite kind of pie in their name, of course, and in their silly gross-out album art—on the cover of February's U Wanna Pizza Me?, an anthropomorphic slice of pizza is savagely murdering the last of a bunch of other slices, who lie among splotches of tomato sauce and gooey cheese with pizza wheels embedded in their delicious corpses. In their music, though, Pizza Time focus on love instead—the lyrics for half the songs on U Wanna Pizza Me? are in Spanish, which I barely know at all, but when I listen to their sweet and scuzzy ditties I can tell that romance is in the air. You don't need to understand a word to dig the lovelorn vibe of 'Lagrimas (Otra Vez).'"

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