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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 →

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Drive around the misty mountains of Asheville in Angel Olsen’s video for “Pops”

Angel Olsen | Photo by Amanda Marsallis
Angel Olsen | Photo by Amanda Marsallis

Angel Olsen‘s third album, Your Woman, was one of our favorite records of 2016 and she continues to support it in 2017, with a string of February tour dates (see below) and a new music video for “Pops.”

Shot in Asheville, North Carolina, the video was directed by Olsen and Jethro Waters, and it follows her as she takes a contemplative drive through the mist-filled autumn scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Check it out below and revisit her recent World Cafe session with Talia Schalnger here. Continue reading →

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Hear two sides of Angel Olsen in new NPR live sessions

Angel Olsen | Photo by Amanda Marsallis | courtesy of the artist
Angel Olsen | Photo by Amanda Marsallis | courtesy of the artist

Last Fall, singer/songwriter Angel Olsen released My Woman to critical acclaim. Now, she’s teamed up with NPR for not one, but two new live sessions. The first, released earlier this week, is a more traditional full-band session and interview on World Cafe, while the latter, released Friday, is a stark solo performance in a Bronx church for NPR’s fantastic Field Recordings series. They stand in sharp contrast to one another, but both demonstrate her considerable vocal talents on full display. Continue reading →