Photos by Tory Germann
If you don’t know Angel Olsen, listen up. This Missouri-born singer/songwriter is making some major sonic waves with her newly released album, My Woman. Owning the stage at the Sinclair in Cambridge last night, Olsen delivered hardboiled vitality with a perfectly mixed lineup of songs that see-sawed between lonely-heart balladeer and heart-on-fire rocker. From her first breath, Olsen’s chill-inducing vocals grabbed the packed audience by the collar and never let go. The album’s title track “Woman” dared the crowd to understand her as an artist and make no mistake, by the time her powerful performance was over one thing was clear: Olsen is anything but a one-trick pony. It’s no wonder she’s selling out venues all along her tour map.
Shifting between ethereal and dreamy to pounding and fierce, the raucous chorus of “Shut Up Kiss Me” and the blistering hooks of “Give it Up” got the room charged up. The epic “Sister” — like her stage presence — builds slowly before exploding into a killer guitar solo. Even when Olsen’s music gets dark, the road she takes her listeners on feels a bit like a hero’s journey, embracing love, loss and ultimately — one’s authentic self.
Catch her second at the Sinclair tonight and listen to My Woman here.
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