Mark Ronson is known for his collaborations with folks like Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus, but the familiar voice on his new song “True Blue” is none other than indie rock favorite Angel Olsen. The track is off Ronson’s new album, Late Night Feelings, which came out Friday. The album features an impressive roster of pop star collaborators, but Olsen’s appearance is a welcome surprise, and she brings a dose of her own style to the song. Continue reading →
Back at the outset of her career, “haunting” was a word that got used a lot in discussing Chicago singer-songwriter Angel Olsen: the spacious, unsettling minimalism of her songs, the way she locked eyes with the audience. Her music has grown in the years since to incorporate increasingly robust tones and textures, most recently materializing in an impressive collection of retro-chic indie rock hooks on 2016’s My Woman. But that underlying feeling that sent Olsen on her way remains…so it’s undeniably appropriate that her autumn tour brings her to Philadelphia on Halloween. Continue reading →
Good news for anyone who was bummed that Angel Olsen‘s upcoming solo tour wasn’t coming to Philly: now the tour is coming to Philly. The newly announced September 27 First Unitarian Church show comes as a tour reroute following the cancellation of Olsen’s Harrisburg show, which would’ve been the same date.
Olsen will play the sanctuary of the Church — and if you want to get an idea of what Angel Olsen singing solo in a church sounds like, theres actually video of that (thanks NPR). Watch below and take note of how the singer’s incredible voice carries through the airy, echoey space. Continue reading →
This past weekend, director David Lynch curated and hosted the “Festival of Disruption” in Brooklyn. The multipurpose event featured a range of artists performing sets and hosting talks at New York venue Brooklyn Steel. Among the host of experimental electronic titans to perform, including Flying Lotus, Jon Hopkins, Animal Collective, and Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem, kindred spirits Jim James and Angel Olsen connected Sunday night to perform a standout cover of Sonny & Cher’s “Baby Don’t Go.” James and Olsen transformed the cover into an acoustic, downtempo performance compared to the 1964 original. Continue reading →
North Carolina crooner Angel Olsen just announced a solo tour slated for this fall, including a stop at the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center in Harrisburg, PA. Olsen released he latest project, Phases, last fall, an album filled with B-sides, rarities, and demos compiled over the past several years. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Indie rocker Angel Olsen just released a music video for a new / old song, “Special.” The song dates back to her her MY WOMAN recording sessions, and will appear on her upcoming outtakes and rarities selection, Phases. Continue reading →