Lawrence is definitely hungry for live music right now. We have now seen two weekends in a row with sold-out concerts, with Saturday’s Angel Olsen show turning out an enthusiastic group early in the evening.

Angel Olsen / Photo by Fally Afani

The songwriter and queer icon came touting her sixth studio album, Big Time, a melancholy country album with big “middle-aged woman crying in her room” energy (it’s me, I’m “middle-aged-woman-crying-in-her-room” energy). There’s a reason it made NPR’s list of top albums of 2022. For Big Time, Olsen honed in on a vintage sound so many yearned for as they rediscovered their music tastes during the pandemic. It comes lush with layered sounds and perfect instrumentation, which was mirrored at her sold-out Liberty Hall set. She came touting a string section to compliment her slide guitar. The band expertly color-blocked their clothing, casting a rainbow contrasting against the diluted country scene hanging in the background.

Olsen carried the country theme by inviting Nashville’s Erin Rae on this tour, a songwriter we can best describe as sounding like twangy Aimee Mann (everybody loves Aimee Mann). Her sad-girl country songs were well-received thanks to her charming onstage personality and easily digestible tunes.

Photos from the night below:



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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