Angel Olsen

(Photo by Zia Anger)

It’s always a satisfying feeling when one of your most anticipated releases of the new year ends up being one of your true favorites, and in my opinion, that’s definitely the case for singer-songwriter Angel Olsen‘s sophomore full-length. Burn Your Fire For No Witness was released earlier this month, and is Olsen’s first album with Jagjaguwar.

While the early post-rock oriented singles like “Forgiven/ Forgotten” and “Hi-Five” provide immediate gratification every time, it’s the melancholy slow-burners like “White Fire” and “Unfucktheworld” that leave the deepest impression. Olsen’s extraordinary vocal range and talented songwriting have been apparent since her debut Strange Cacti EP, but her latest breakthrough release proves her impressive ability to master a wide breadth of guitar styles while maintaining a singular, albeit enchanting voice. Simultaneously heartwarming and bone-chilling, Angel Olsen brings an extremely refreshing approach to the “folk-rock” blanket.

Angel Olsen will grace San Francisco with her presence at the Great American Music Hall on Monday, March 3, with support from Cian Nugent. Two years ago I never would have guessed that the “Acrobat” singer would be such a witty and personable person, but judging from her recent Tiny Desk Concert session with NPR, it seems we are in for a treat. I foresee a roller coaster of deep emotion, equal parts smiles and tears. As of Thursday night, general admission tickets are still available, but you would be wise not to sleep on this one. If you’re feeling lucky, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to Monday’s show. If you’re already planning on going… High five! So am I.

To win a pair of tickets to the show, email with “Angel Olsen Giveaway” in the subject line, with your full name and your favorite Angel Olsen lyric in the body of the email. The winner will be selected at random and notified via email.

Angel Olsen, Cian Nugent
Great American Music Hall
February 27, 2014
8pm, $15 ($39.95 with dinner)