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Just Announced: Angel Olsen will bring her solo tour to the First Unitarian Sanctuary next month

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

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 →

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Just Announced: Angel Olsen will play Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center on solo tour this fall

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

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 →

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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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Stream the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival playlist on Spotify

Clockwise from top left; Jeff Tweedy of Wilco | Photo By Noah Silvestry, Pinegrove | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman, Angel Olsen | Photo by Kate McCann

The 2017 XPoNential Music Festival is fast approaching, coming to the Camden Waterfront on July 28-30. To get you as ready and pumped for the festival as we are, we’ve created a Spotify Playlist of all the incredible artists performing at this year’s XPN Fest, with a spotlight on a few players to get you started. Don’t have your tickets yet? 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes are on sale now and XPN Members save up to 50%! 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 →

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Oranges and Bananas: New Ty Segall, King Gizzard, Angel Olsen & Thee Oh Sees on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Ty Segall | Photo by Denee Petracek, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to your personal space at 11pm ET tonight on 88.5 XPN. On tonight’s show, a smattering of brand new tracks, many of which from albums that’ll be out in the early weeks of 2017. Notably in the mix tonight are new selections from some very prolific psych-garage rockers, like SF mainstay Ty Segall, Aussie outsiders King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (who’ll be releasing an obscene FIVE albums in the new year) and Thee Oh Sees, who just put out their third release of 2016. Also in the mix are favorites from St. Vincent, Honus Honus and Big Thief! Check out a few of those below…

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