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Angel Olsen

Sounds Like: Sometimes even the Alternative Nation gets the blues

For Fans Of: PJ Harvey, the Breeders, Sharon Van Etten

Why You Should Pay Attention: Will Oldham called on Olsen to sing on his 2011 album Wolfroy Goes to Town and her quivering, angelic voice often stole the show. She's currently Bon Iver's labelmate on indie powerhouse Jagjaguwar and her upcoming second album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, fluctuates between sparse songs of introspection and bluesy numbers that still can convey optimism. Case in point: The first song is called "Unfucktheworld."

She Says: "[My music] changes from quiet melodies to rock and roll – some might venture to say its psych-folk. I hope listeners can pick up on something meaningful and, if not, something fun."

Hear for Yourself: Twang-punker "Hi-Five"

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