When: Mon., Dec. 1, 7 p.m. 2014
Years before the 27-year-old singer-songwriter Angel Olsen released Burn Your Fire for No Witness — one of 2014’s most stirring albums — she was experimenting with craft, instrumentation, and her voice in Chicago art galleries and warehouses. She released some songs on cassette in 2010, and then the mercurial songwriter Will Oldham invited her to tour and record as a member of his group, The Babblers. Olsen struck out solo in 2012, releasing a spare and moving album called Half Way Home, and eventually settled in the eccentric southern enclave of Asheville, North Carolina. The reception to Burn Your Fire for No Witness early this year was overwhelmingly positive. Its success required Olsen — who’s playing a sold-out solo show on Tuesday at The Chapel and a full-band show on Monday at the Great American Music Hall (859 O’Farrell St., San Francisco) — to formalize her music-making as a career. On tour once again, Olsen is nightly witness to the fiery passion stoked in the hearts of her listeners.
Price: $18, $20