Singer / songwriter Angel Olsen plays on all manner of moods and emotions in her music, and she’s an intense live performer to boot. Tonight the Chicago-based musician returns to Philadelphia for her biggest headlining show to date, following a Folkadelphia presents appearance at Studio 34 last fall and an opening slot for Kurt Vile at Union Transfer in May. Her music is infused with a jazz, country and Americana heritage – think Patsy Cline and Nina Simone – and though she often gets perceived as an uber-serious person, she has a playful side too, as we saw in this interview with Elliott Sharp back in the spring. Her album Half Way Home is coming up on a year old, so perhaps we’ll hear some new material at tonight’s 21+ show at Johnny Brenda’s. Tickets an information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, get a free download of Olsen’s Folkadelphia session from last fall.
Nat Baldwin is a double bassist and multi-instrumentalist known for his work in Dirty Projectors, as well as his 2008 solo release Most Valuable Player. It was an alluring blend of percussion and experimental instrumental textures with vocal contributions from some of his Projectors bandmates, and this fall Baldwin is digging into his archives to release a collection of demos and outtakes from that album called Dome Branches: The MVP Demos. He’ll play a selection of songs from it tonight in the side chapel of the First Unitarian Church, where he shot a video with Out of Town Films last year. Check out the video below, and get more information on the show here.
Tonight LA stoner rocker King Tuff plays the First Unitarian Church with Wavves and Jacuzzi Boys. This fall Burger Records reissued his debut Was Dead, and yesterday The Key’s Nikki Volpicelli talked to Tuff about his drive to bring a sense of fun back to the very serious world of indie music. Check out the interview here, watch the video for “Alone and Stoned” below and get information on tonight’s all-ages show here.