Angel Olsen fanatics and crate-diggers alike were treated to an intimate performance from the Asheville-based singer/songwriter at AKA Music in Philly’s Old City last night. Before Ms. Olsen took the stage at her sold-out show at Johnny Brenda’s, she faced AKA’s packed back room, with 12-string guitar in hand, and ran through a few beautifully stripped-down cuts from both Half Way Home and Burn Your Fire For No Witness, including Unfuck The World and White Fire. As sweat began to bead on everyone’s foreheads, Olsen maintained an extremely calm and friendly presence, allowing her haunting vocals to transport the crowd out of the dark, brick-lined back room and into her world of heartbreak and redemption. A few beers were had, a few Polaroid snapshots taken and all those who were not fortunate enough to snag tickets to Olsen’s later show could go home satisfied.
Photos by Shannon Moore.