Angel Olsen started her fall North American tour behind the just released new album, MY WOMAN (Jagjaguwar), in Atlanta at Terminal West on Friday, September 9th, leaving the sold out crowd mesmerized by the performance of what’s sure to be one the year’s best albums.
I first fell in love with Angel Olsen back in 2014 when she released Burn Your Fire For No Witness. I was one of the lucky enough people to see Angel and her band at their sold out show at The EARL that year. With the release of Burn Your Fire, Angel Olsen was transforming into more than the folk songstress she started out as in her humble beginnings, morphing into a rock goddess with a four piece band of some garage rock and a little grunge mixed in with the haunting folks songs.
I walked away from that show knowing I had just heard live a voice that could have only come from up above. Not only could Angel Olsen melt you into the floor with her voice and deep, piercing lyrics, but she could simultaneously put on a thrilling rock concert. Burn Your Fire For No Witness was a critical success, ending high on most year end lists, including ours.
It’s been two long years waiting on the follow up to Burn Your Fire, but Angel Olsen and her new 6 piece band showed Atlanta last Friday night that the wait was well worth it. On MY WOMAN, released September 2nd via Jagjaguwar, Angel has continued to grow and morph her sound. Bigger band, bigger sound, bigger venues, more guitar solos, all wrapped around Angel’s huge voice. There’s more pop in Angel’s step on MY WOMAN, yet there is still the rock ‘n’ roll, all while the folk background continues being a major factor in her song writing. Angel continues to prove that genres don’t matter for her; she can do it all, while making all of her songs uniquely and positively Angel Olsen.
At Terminal West, Angel and her band naturally leaned heavily towards a set list featuring songs from MY WOMAN, kicking the night off with “Never Be Mine”, before a Burn Your Fire favorite “Hi-Five”. Next Angel continued to kick the crowd into gear with a scorching version of the single “Shut Up Kiss Me.” When Angel and the band went into “Heart Shaped Face,” one of unreleased songs from the new album, it didn’t matter that the sold out crowd had only had a week to spend with the new songs before the show, the audience was in a total trance, living on every word and every note as if they’ve known the song for years.
After “HSF,” Angel and the band next went into the latest single “Sister”, whom Angel dedicated to her “sister,” one of our favorite local music supporters and former WREK Program Director, Maria Sotnikova, who runs Sofar Sounds Atlanta and JORTSFEST; a moment that I’m sure Maria won’t soon forget. “Sister” was magical, showing off Angel’s “new” sound bringing her talented 6 piece band to the forefront. With her voice hitting Stevie Nicks level (or better), and Neil Young style guitar solos with 3 guitars filling Terminal West to the max; “Sister” cut deep into the crowd’s soul, giving tingles to even those emotionally stunted audience members. It was obvious that Angel could have accomplished that feat at Terminal West with just her voice on it’s own merit, but the sprawling guitars just took the room straight into the clouds, leaving the audience breathless.
Angel and the band continued the night mixing in a few songs from Burn Your Fire, with the new songs from MY WOMAN, while also adding in an unreleased song that hasn’t made it onto an album yet. Some of the highlights included new songs such as “Not Gonna Kill You,” a rocker that had the audience totally engulfed in Angel and her band, while “Give It Up” had the audience dancing, swaying, and banging heads together at Terminal West.
For the encore, Angel played the first single from the new album “Intern,” a stunner backed by perfectly euphoric synth lines that is straight magic surrounding the ear drums live. Closing out her set, Angel wrapped it all together with the emotional “Woman,” leaving Terminal West astounded and only wanting more.
This was one of those rare shows that a full sold out audience hung on every single line from Angel Olsen, start to finish. It may have been a Friday night to party in Atlanta, but this wasn’t a crowd that was ready for the show to end so they could hit the bars, instead we all were mesmerized by the talent playing live on the Terminal West stage. Angel Olsen is a generational type talent whose still on the very front end of her career, and it’s time that the world recognizes it. I can confidently say there wasn’t a single audience member that left this show without a “wow” look on their face from what they just saw and heard. And yes, I love Angel Olsen even more today than I already did before this show, how can you not?
Don’t miss the chance to catch Angel and her band live on her world tour behind MY WOMAN over the next few months while you can still see her in the decent size venues:
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Angel Olsen Tour Dates:
Fri. Sep. 16 – Hudson, NY @ Basilica Hudson
Sat. Sep. 17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall * — SOLD OUT
Sun. Sep. 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw * — SOLD OUT
Tue. Sep. 20 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair * — SOLD OUT
Wed. Sep. 21 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair & — SOLD OUT
Thu. Sep. 22 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom &
Fri. Sep. 23 – Montreal, QC @ Rialto Theatre &
Sat. Sep. 24 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club & — SOLD OUT
Sun. Sep. 25 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace &
Mon. Sep. 26 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch &
Tue. Sep. 27 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall & — SOLD OUT
Wed. Sep. 28 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall &
Fri. Sep. 30 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway &
Sat. Oct. 1 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle & — SOLD OUT
Thu. Oct. 13 – Brighton, UK @ Concord 2 #
Fri. Oct. 14 – Manchester, UK @ Club Academy #
Sat. Oct. 15 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 Studio Warehouse #
Sun. Oct. 16 – Bristol, UK @ The Marble Factory #
Mon. Oct. 17 – London, UK @ KOKO # — SOLD OUT
Wed. Oct. 19 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel #
Thu. Oct. 20 – Copenhagen, DK @ Koncerthuset, Studie 2 #
Fri. Oct. 21 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee #
Sat. Oct. 22 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Strand #
Sun. Oct. 23 – Goeteborg, SE @ Pustervik #
Tue. Oct. 25 – Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater #
Wed. Oct. 26 – Munich, DE @ Ampere #
Thu. Oct. 27 – Zuerich, CH @ Bogen F #
Fri. Oct. 28 – Koeln, DE @ Stadtgarten #
Sat. Oct. 29 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique #
Thu. Nov. 3 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall %
Fri. Nov. 4 – Paris, FR @ La Gaîté Lyrique #
Sat. Nov. 5 – Den Haag, NL @ Crossing Border Festival
Sun. Nov. 6 – Amsterdam, NL @ Tolhuistuin #
Sat. Nov. 26 – Hobart, TAS @ Grand Poobah
Mon. Nov. 28 – Melbourne, AU @ Corner
Thu. Dec. 1 – Lismore, NSW @ Lismore City Hall
Fri. Dec. 2 – Brisbane, QLD @ Brightside
Sat. Dec. 3 – Berri, NSW @ Fairground Festival
Mon. Dec. 5 – Sydney, NSW @ Sydney Opera House Studio
Wed. Dec. 7 – Adelaide, SA @ Grace Emily
Thu. Dec. 8 – Perth, WA @ Badlands
Sat. Dec. 10 – Melbourne, VIC @ Meredith Festival
Tue. Dec. 13 – Wellington, NZ @ San Fran
Wed. Dec. 14 – Auckland, NZ @ Kings Arms
Fri. Feb. 3 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
Sat. Feb. 4 – New Orleans, LA @ The Republic
Tue. Feb. 7 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Wed. Feb. 8 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Fri. Feb. 10 – Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater
Sat. Feb. 11 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
Sun. Feb. 12 – Phoenix, AX @ The Crescent Ballroom
Tue. Feb. 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Wed. Feb. 15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Fri. Feb. 17 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Sat. Feb. 18 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
* = with Alex Cameron
& = with Rodrigo Amarante
# = with Little Wings
% = special collaborative performance w/ The Raincoats