Angel Olsen at Pitchfork Music Festival

When I first started writing about music seven years ago, I found myself covering a show at Empty Bottle for a site that no longer exists. One of the openers was a young singer/songwriter of whom I had never heard. Her name was Angel Olsen and five seconds into her first song I was a fan. At that point she was still pretty timid and … Continue reading Angel Olsen at Pitchfork Music Festival

2017 Pitchfork Schedule

Please keep in mind that this is not the official Pitchfork schedule. For that you can go to their website and see everything that’s going to be happening. I’m just highlighting the stuff that I think is worth checking out. It’s a pretty full festival, but for the most part it’s spaced out enough that you can catch a lot of music. On Friday the … Continue reading 2017 Pitchfork Schedule

Music.Defined.’s Favorite Songs Of 2016

I didn’t get up to 100 songs this year. I tried and there just wasn’t enough material for 100 that I felt warranted listing. There’s a ton of stuff I haven’t heard, as there is every year, but these are the best of the music of which I had a chance to listen.  The order isn’t that important, though I’m designating Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” and … Continue reading Music.Defined.’s Favorite Songs Of 2016

Top 50 Albums Of 2016

  Lemonade isn’t in my top 50 albums of the year. As queen Bey herself would say, “Sorry, I ain’t sorry.” If that makes you say “Boy, bye” than I’ll quote her again: “I ain’t thinkin’ ’bout you.” Like most years, 2016 was neither as bad as some would like to make you think nor great. Unless you’re just talking about the year as a … Continue reading Top 50 Albums Of 2016

Angel Olsen Announces New Album, Debuts New Song

I’ll never forget the first time I heard Angel Olsen sing. It was August 2010 and I was covering my very first show for a music site (the now defunct Chicago Tunes). It was a lot of firsts all at once-first time at Empty Bottle since I was 21 and drove up from Indiana to see Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars play forever ago, first … Continue reading Angel Olsen Announces New Album, Debuts New Song