Angel Olsen Mirrored Her Album's Landscape at the Civic

Angel Olsen is a master of ethereal subtlety. She is known for her minimalism, but All Mirrors is a more decadent album than her older albums, and her set design at the Civic on November 5 executed this vision with stunning accuracy. Her show was an art installation that brought to life the winding heartache and intensity of her latest album. 

The Shangs' "Golden Hits" Begs to Be Decoded

The Golden Hits of The Shangs sounds gorgeously anachronistic. It’s the X that marks the spot where lounge music, movie soundtracks, girl groups, Syd Barrett, and The Velvet Underground overlap, and an album that is as current now as it will ever be since there’s no time when it would have made more sense. It’s an album that feels like mirage because it’s hard to be sure if The Shangs ever existed as a conventional band.

Julia Jacklin Is Comfortable In New Orleans

Julia Jacklin ended where she started. Her last stop of tour was in New Orleans at Gasa Gasa on Thursday, and she revealed to the packed venue that New Orleans holds special significance for the blossoming of the Australian songwriter's musical career. She also showed how well she understands her own talents as she performed to her exact vocal and emotional range. The Gasa Gasa audience allowed her to fill the space exactly as she needed.

Lucy Dacus Is Just Getting Started

It’s difficult to stop an audience in its tracks with an unrecorded song, but Lucy Dacus has done it both times I’ve seen her. Months ago in Chicago while on tour with boygenius--Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers, and Julien Baker--she opened with a brand new, unrecorded song called “Fool’s Gold.” She performed it solo, alone with her guitar, and I was crying before the end of the first song of the first set of a stacked, emotionally gutting bill.

Buku News: Lana Del Rey Is a Rock Star, A$AP Rocky is Outflanked, and Suicideboys are the State of Shock in 2019

It was 15 minutes before she was scheduled to come on and the crowd was already chanting Lana Del Rey’s name. As more people poured in, everyone was discussing the last time they saw her and what they were hoping she’d play. The lights dimmed, and the spotlight focused on two dancers on stage fanning themselves lavishly. Out walked Lana in a matching sequined dress and boots combo with an athletic jacket on top, and the crowd shrieked collectively.

AHI's "Time" is Now and His Reach is Universal

Finger-style folk guitar rolls a warm, pop-friendly melody when a reassuring voice jumps in as if calling from the heavens to remind us that life is fundamentally okay. This is the quintessential song format by singer-songwriter AHI (pronounced “eye”), and “Made It Home” from his newest album, In Our Time, is the quintessential AHI track.

Valley Queen Builds A Home In Movement

Touring broke Valley Queen up once. Now, it gives singer Natalie Carol a way to understand her band. Valley Queen is shaped by Carol’s Arkansas roots and the surrounding influence of L.A.’s guitarists, but the instability of tour caused a significant amount of strain on the band during its first go-round which caused them to splinter.

Guts Club Finds Her New Voice on "Trench Foot"

The one-line story of Guts Club’s new Trench Foot is that Guts Club goes electric. Lindsey Baker is Guts Club, and she remains an indie folkie, but she has traded her acoustic guitar for an electric one, and with it came a band. Despite those changes, the meaningful difference between this album and the ones before it is her voice, and perhaps because it is different, so are the songs.

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