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A banterous night with Angel Olsen (and Paul) at Union Transfer

Angel Olsen | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Gazing into the eyes of the audience like a cat who wants attention, Angel Olsen ever so slightly grazed the strings of her ’79 Gibson S-1 as she sung the words “I ain’t hanging up this time / I ain’t giving up tonight.”

The 1,200 people inside the sold-out Union Transfer sang it with Olsen, who was decked out like Lady Stardust, wearing a glammy and metallic one-piece spacesuit-looking outfit. It was the moment the audience had been waiting for, and they didn’t have to wait very long for it. After opening with “Hi-Five,” a track from Olsen’s 2014 record, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, she dove straight into “Shut Up Kiss Me,” the radio-hit that propelled her into the spotlight. Seconds later, the rest of the band, sporting grey-blue pants and blazers and bolo ties, chimed in for the chorus in their ongoing sloppy-cool, not-trying-too-hard musical style.

It was a ballsy move. Playing your hit song so early on in the setlist? it can open the door for a steep drop-off in energy as the night progresses. But Angel Olsen’s a pro. This ain’t her first rodeo. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Angel Olsen at Union Transfer, Elephant Stone at Underground Arts, Sports at PhilaMOCA

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

If you caught Angel Olsen‘s mesmerizing set at XPN Fest this summer, or even if you didn’t, chances are you’ll want to snag a last-minute ticket to the singer-songwriter’s headlining show at Union Transfer tonight. Olsen’s playing two nights in Philly, but tomorrow’s show is already sold out. White Magic opens both shows. Olsen’s 2016 release My Woman was voted one of The Key’s top albums last year, and she followed it up this year with Phases, a collection of rarities and B-sides. Watch Angel Olsen’s video for “Special” below and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Angel Olsen’s newly-released track, “Sans,” is a stripped and longing traveller’s ballad

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Indie music world’s cool and crooning folk-rock Queen, Angel Olsen, is putting together some unreleased B-side tracks to make up a “new” 12-song album titled Phases. Out on November 10th via Jagjaguwar, the release will feature the already-shared single, “Special,” along with the latest track, “Sans.” Continue reading →

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Angel Olsen adds a second Union Transfer show, announces a rarities and B-sides compilation Phases

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Indie rock singer-songwriter fave Angel Olsen just added a second show to her stop at Union Transfer; she’ll perform on December 12th as well as December 13th as an extension to her hefty thirty-date My Woman tour; tickets to the new show are on sale tomorrow at noon.

Olsen is also releasing a rarities album titled Phases on November 10th through Jagjaguwar Records. Phases is a follow-up to Olsen’s highly acclaimed 2016 release MY WOMAN. The compilation will include previously unreleased tracks as well as new tracks “Special” and “Fly on Your Wall”. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Angel Olsen will headline Union Transfer in December

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

After playing a standout set at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival, Chicago singer-songwriter-rock-and-roller Angel Olsen returns to Philadelphia this December 13th to headline Union Transfer. Olsen’s most recent album, Your Woman, was one of our favorite releases of 2016, and is easily the best work in her increasingly strong catalog. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Angel Olsen proves she’s the coolest indie rock queen

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Angel Olsen is like the Beyonce of indie rock. I know that’s a pretty hefty, slightly far-field statement, but it’s exactly the conclusion I came to as I stood completely mesmerized watching Olson’s performance last night under the shelter of BB&T.

Yes, these two kickass music ladies possess a plethora of differences, but they align in one shared characteristic: the inhuman ability to cast bewitching spells over the crowd–creating unsuspecting, faithful minions as they sing away–and all the while doing so in effortless, flawless fashion. Continue reading →

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Drive-By Truckers, Angel Olsen, Strand of Oaks, Joseph and more will play Wiggins Park at XPoNential Music Festival 2017

Drive By Truckers | photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

You’ve heard about the Friday night show at BB&T with Wilco, Conor Oberst and Hop Along; you’ve heard that Saturday will be headlined by Spoon, Amos Lee and more. This morning, we bring you the first wave of artists performing at Wiggins Park during the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →