Recently, Angel Olsen released Phases, a collection of B-sides, rarities, and demos from the past few years, via Jagjaguwar. Angel launched a tour that included a night at 9:30 Club. That first night quickly sold out, so 9:30 Club booked her for a second night on Friday, Dec. 15. You can win tickets to see Angel Olsen on that night with Parklife DC.
On Sept. 2, folk siren Angel Olsen will release her third album, My Woman, via Jagjaguwar. Immediately afterward, Angel will launch a tour with a six-piece band, and that tour will make an early stop at the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Sept. 15.
In songs like “Intern,” the first single from the new album, Angel’s unique voice and personality are on display. Although she’s clearly settled into the folk and alt-country genres, Angel carries herself with an upstart punk attitude that distinguishes her from the pack. The New York Times called “Intern” a “synthpop dirge, shimmering and glacial.”
Angel gets a little warmer but no less defiant on her latest single, “Shut Up Kiss Me.” (Well, today, Angel dropped “Sister,” so maybe not her latest single.) Watch the official video for “Shut Up Kiss Me” by Angel Olsen on YouTube:
Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets so that you see Angel Olsen when she comes to town. To win these tickets, leave a comment on this blog. You can leave any comment, but perhaps tell us your favorite Angel Olsen song?
For the rules of this giveaway–
Comments will be closed at 5pm on Friday and a winner will be randomly selected. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 24 hours or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner. We will email you instructions on claiming your ticket. Good luck!
In 1977, Townes Van Zandt sang of “Loretta,” a waitress in a bar that he comes around to romance on occasion.
Learning the sang sparked a fire in Esmé Patterson, who got angry at Townes’ narrator as she picked up the song. So she wrote a response to it on her second solo album, Woman to Woman.
“I’ve been that bartender,” Esmé told an intimate and hushed crowd at the 9:30 Club on Thursday night. “I’ve been that waitress.”
Folk pop chanteuse Esmé Patterson released We Were Wild, her third solo album via Grand Jury Music last month, and she’s visiting the 9:30 Club on Thursday, July 21, to perform songs from the new album as opener for Brett Dennen.
The spirited singer spun off from Denver collective Paper Bird once she had a few of her own albums on her resume, and her latest effort is a pleasing, perky collection of songs that showcase her easygoing manners. As with new single “Feel Right,” Esmé often sings reflective numbers on hitting your stride and finding your space in matters of life and love.
Watch the official music video for “Feel Right” by Esmé Patterson on YouTube:
Esmé’s first album, All Princes, I, appeared in 2012, and her second, Woman to Woman, in 2014. The prolific siren keeps the pace steady on the new album, combining a little bit of psych rock with a little bit of roots music and a whole lot of spirit.
Again, Esmé is opening for Northern California folk singer Brett Dennen, so get to the club early to catch her! Tickets are available online.
Although based in South Carolina, alt-country band SUSTO actually has its origins in… Cuba!
In 2013, singer and songwriter Justin Osborne moved to Havana to study anthropology. There, he threw himself into the music scene, absorbing music from locals playing in the Trova style. At the time, Justin also got into the American confessional poetry movement of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
When he got home, Justin founded SUSTO, combining his inspirations in Cuba with the music of Charleston, SC. He recruited Johnny Delaware (guitar, piano), Marshall Hudson (drums), Jenna Desmond (bass), and Corey Campbell (keyboard and guitar) to join SUSTO.
SUSTO released its self-titled debut album in April 2014, and then a live album in 2015, and now they are gearing up for their second album, to be titled “& I’m Fine Today” and to be released in the near future. SUSTO have launched a tour to showcase some of the new material, and they visit the Rock and Roll Hotel on Thursday, June 9.
Twangville premiered the band’s new video for “Cigarettes, Whiskey and Wine” and you can watch the video, made up of footage from an upcoming documentary on the band, on YouTube:
“Their exceptional melodies come in long, lean, curling lines set against sonic atmosphere that’s rich and bright…keep an eye on these guys,” said the Orlando Weekly. Other critics have compared the band to Wilco!
In DC, SUSTO’s opener will be our own Justin Jones, who also knows a thing or two about alt-country music! Tickets are available online.
John Joseph McCauley and his alt-country band Deer Tick have launched an acoustic tour, and they are hitting the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue on Thursday, March 10.
Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets for you to see the show!
In 2013, Deer Tick released their fifth album, Negativity, which was inspired by John Joseph’s personal struggles with family, divorce and drugs. The band draw inspiration from diverse sources, including blues, grunge and even glam. You see, in recent years, Deer Tick have paid tribute to the late, great Lou Reed by covering a few of his songs, like “Hangin’ Around” from the seminal album Transformer.
Watch Deer Tick perform “Hangin’ Around” in a recent acoustic session on YouTube:
This is a great opportunity to see Deer Tick in a setting sure to bolster their acoustic Americana. For your chance to win these tickets, simply leave a comment on this post using a valid email address between now and noon on Wednesday, March 9. Feel free to leave any comment, but perhaps share your favorite song by Deer Tick! One entry per email address, please. Tickets for this show are also available through Ticketmaster.
For the rules of this giveaway…
Comments will close on Wednesday, March 9, at noon and we will randomly select a winner. The winner will be notified by email. The winner must respond to our email within 12 hours, or they will forfeit their tickets and we will pick another winner.
Tickets will be available to the winner at the Sixth & I box office on the night of the concert. The tickets must be claimed with a valid ID. The winner must be old enough to attend the specific concert or must have a parent’s permission to enter if he/she is under 18 years old.
Good luck! (And you can buy tickets online if you don’t win.)