ARTS Pick: Angel Olsen

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The sonically spellbinding Angel Olsen performs at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. (Publicity photo) The sonically spellbinding Angel Olsen performs at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. (Publicity photo)

Angel’s cry

Music critics have deemed Angel Olsen’s voice “blood-curdling” for a reason. Sliding from nearly spoken word to the theatricality of cabaret in an instant, her range makes a chilling impact on each song she records. Her debut LP Half Way Home puts these vocal skills to use, aided by adeptly personal lyrics and elegant compositions. Having recorded her first EP hastily in her kitchen, Olsen represents an artistic style that is not quite fit for a world of iPod speakers, but is deeply intimate and captivatingly ethereal nonetheless. Nettles and Generifus open.

Thursday 11/15 $7,9pm. Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar, 414 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 293-9947.

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