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New folk favorite Joe Pug returns to the Southern for one last outing before retreating to the studio to cut his next record.

Joe Pug takes one last spin before making a new record

The cover art on singer-songwriter Joe Pug’s latest album, The Great Despiser, shows a nearly naked man barely hanging on to the end of a rising balloon. Who knows what it means? Pug says his lyrics are somewhat autobiographical, but they have enough metaphor and allegory thrown in to create some space between the man […]

The music world is buzzing about the understated talent of Angel Olsen. She celebrates the release of her new album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, at the Southern on Tuesday.

Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen sets her career on fire

After appearing on a pair of reverb-soaked and long sold-out cassettes, Angel Olsen made a proper full-length debut in 2012 with Half Way Home. Simple, confident, clear, and cohesive, it’s an instant classic. The album is an arresting record in the tradition of cult ’70s folk artists like Linda Perhacs—though Olsen’s aesthetic is far closer […]