Jolie Holland and Mark Olson Jolie Holland first made a name for herself as part of the Vancouver folk trio the Be Good Tanyas, but parted ways with the group before it cut its first record. Mark Olson stayed with the Minneapolis-based Jayhawks for about 10 years before he split, forging the band’s budding alt-country sound in a world that had yet to welcome acts like Uncle Tupelo and Whiskeytown. Since leaving their nascent ensembles, both artists have established very fine solo careers. Holland’s bluesy warble and Olson’s clean, straightfoward vocals are unconstrained instruments, each requiring its own place to roam free. The two will play different sets tonight, but there’s always the chance, says a source, that “they’ll play a song or two together.” Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009. 8 p.m. $20. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT
Jolie Holland and Mark Olsen play Columbia City Theater tonight.
Holy Grail plays traditional-leaning melodic metal, full of ultra-technical guitar leads and arpeggios, double-time kick drums, and ragged but generally nonscreamed vocals. With Anti-Mortem. Highline, 210 Broadway Ave. E., 328-7837. 8 p.m. $10 adv. ANDREW GOSPE
Oranges make the kind of bright, emo-tinged pop-punk you’d probably expect to find at El Corazon on a Monday night, but with a decidedly SEO-unfriendly name. With These Colors, Postmadonna, Dear Mister Manager. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E. 262-0482. 7:30 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. All ages. AG