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Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

Half Way Home, the 2012 album with which Angel Olsen built her name, was a great album, but its greatness was the sort that you can only really admire from a distance. Whether purposefully or as a byproduct of the way it was recorded, Half Way Home sounded like the sort of record you might… More »

Pretty much everything east of the Mississippi has been brought to its knees by this unforgiving winter, especially the hellstorm that rolled in this week. It’s hard to believe February is even now only half over — 14 days down, 14 to go — harder still to picture it ever coming to an end. Fortunately… More »

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Artist Portraits From Coachella 2015

Tom trekked out to Indio, California last weekend to document the first round of Coachella 2015. If you haven’t read his coverage, check out his reports from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, all of which are equipped with live performance shots. Photographer Paul Carter caught up with a handful of musicians to capture some of the… More »

By: Stereogum / April 13, 2015 - 11:51 am

Sasquatch! Adds Sleater-Kinney, Angel Olsen & More

Washington’s Sasquatch! Music Festival just announced a list of late additions to the 2015 lineup. Sleater-Kinney, Madeon, AlunaGeorge, Angel Olsen, Kaytranada, Goldlink, Hanni El Khatib, Mother Mother, Said The Whale, THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, Acapulco Lips, Otieno Terry, Aparna Nancherla, Sara Schaefer, Hunter Hunted, Slow Bird, and Sisters and Unlikely Friends will now join the extensive… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 30, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Photos: SXSW 2015

SXSW 2015 has come and gone. As Scott noted over the weekend, it was an altogether less corporate, less celebrity-infused, less insane experience than in recent years, though of course it was still at least a little corporate and celebrity-infused and insane. (We never did make it to the McDonald’s showcase, damn.) As much a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 23, 2015 - 2:14 pm

Angel Olsen – “Windows” Video

Today, Angel Olsen releases the deluxe edition of Burn Your Fire For No Witness, the great album she released near the beginning of the year. She’s chosen today to share her slow, surreal video for “Windows,” the last song on the album. The Comedy director Rick Alverson made the video, and the whole thing play… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2014 - 10:41 am

Angel Olsen – “May As Well”

Angel Olsen released the shattering solo album Burn Your Fire For No Witness earlier this year. And if it’s a bit weird to see a smallish indie album getting the deluxe reissue treatment so soon, it’s not like Burn Your Fire doesn’t deserve it. The new version of the album will have five bonus tracks,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Angel Olsen – “All Right Now” + “High & Wild” Video

I have to believe Angel Olsen could do a killer cover of “All Right Now,” Free’s 1970 classic rock staple. But “All Right Now,” one of five bonus tracks on the deluxe version of Olsen’s awesome Album Of The Week-winning Burn Your Fire For No Witness, is an original. Although Olsen started rocking out o… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 16, 2014 - 10:59 am

Watch Mac DeMarco Cover Angel Olsen’s “Lights Out”

Angel Olsen released her new album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, so early in 2014 it’s almost easy to forget that it’s one of the best albums of the year. Mac DeMarco clearly remembers because he recently covered the slow-burner “Lights Out” for the podcast A Pint Of Cacophony. DeMarco puts his own laid-back… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 3, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Photos: Øyafestivalen 2014

Øyafestivalen has now entered its 13th year, and last week, the Norwegian festival’s 2014 iteration filled Oslo with excellent artists. There were folk musicians like Angel Olsen and Bill Callahan alongside electronic artists like Todd Terje and Darkside alongside major headlining acts like Outkast, Robyn, and Queens Of The Stone Age. We sent photographer ClintMore »

By: Miles Bowe / August 13, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Watch Angel Olsen Sing “Hi-Five” On Letterman

Angel Olsen’s stormy, Hank Williams-quoting, ultimately triumphant “Hi-Five,” from her new album Burn Your Fire For No Witness, is one of my favorite indie rock songs of the year; it’s a total masterclass in slow-burn dynamics and evocative vocal control. Last night, she and her band played the song on the Late Show With DavidMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 17, 2014 - 9:40 am

Hear How To Dress Well Duet With Angel Olsen, Cover Taking Back Sunday, Preview New Album On NO WORDS TO SAY Mix

In just under a month, Tom Krell will release, “What Is This Heart?”, his third album as How To Dress Well. In anticipation of that LP, he has now dropped NO WORDS TO SAY: Songs for “What Is This Heart?”, which includes some of the music that inspired the album, along with some covers, and… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 27, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Stream Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Angel Olsen’s 2012 album Half Way Home was a stirring, haunting acoustic record, a powerful example that straight-up folk music can still set your brain tingling when it’s done right. But on her new album Burn Your Fire For No Witness, Olsen only keeps a bit of that Half Way Home atmosphere, and she also… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 10, 2014 - 11:41 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Why did everyone release their darkest and most fucked vidoes this week? Is it just too cold for some fun, sunny music videos? Are we experiencing a collective dark night of the soul? Or is it just fun to put blood in videos? Our especially grim picks for the week are below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 7, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Angel Olsen – “White Fire”

Though “Forgiven/Forgotten” and “Hi-Five” have been among some of the best songs we’ve heard this year (as well as “Stars” if you were lucky enough to glimpse it before disappearing from the web) I’ve heard the occasional gripe that Angel Olsen’s move toward a bigger and more rock-oriented sound has left behind the burning intensity… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 7, 2014 - 1:32 pm

Angel Olsen – “Hi-Five” Video

Angel Olsen’s sophomore LP, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, is out later this month, and based on the songs we’ve thus far heard from the thing (including four new ones last week on NPR), it’s going to be a good one. We first heard the spare, noir-ish “Hi-Five” in early January, and now, we’ve… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 3, 2014 - 10:24 am

Watch Angel Olsen Play Four New Songs For NPR

What we’ve heard so far from Angel Olsen’s upcoming sophomore effort shows that she’s traded in the hushed folk songs of her 2012 debut for a more ’90s punk sound. The singer-songwriter stopped by NPR’s Tiny Music Desk to perform four new songs off of Burn Your Fire For No Witness that show off her… More »

By: James Rettig / January 27, 2014 - 5:12 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Yesterday we launched our new Week In Pop column, so it’s fittingly (if unintentionally) ironic that our list of the week’s five best songs is, for once, basically devoid of “pop music.” In fact, three of this week’s five best are decidedly, demonstrably, actual rock. Nice to have some loud guitars to help keep u… More »

By: Stereogum / January 10, 2014 - 1:23 pm

Angel Olsen – “Hi-Five”

Next month, Angel Olsen will follow up the beautifully spindly 2012 folk album Half Way Home with a considerably more varied, dirtied-up sophomore joint called Burn Your Fire For No Witness. The early tracks we’ve heard — “Forgiven/Forgotten” and the promptly-removed “Stars” — found Olsen toying around with jangled, evocative ’90s-indie textures. And the latest… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2014 - 9:15 am
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