Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen & Julien Baker deliver all the feels at LA’s Greek Theatre on ‘The Wild Hearts Tour’

The Wild Hearts Tour - Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen & Julien Baker


Sharon Van Etten (center), Angel Olsen (left) & Julien Baker (right)

By Steph Port //

Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen & Julien Baker with Quinn Christopherson //
Greek Theatre – Los Angeles
July 28th, 2022 //

It was a beautiful summer night in LA last Thursday as “The Wild Hearts Tour” featuring the powerhouse indie trio of Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen and Julien Baker rolled into the Greek Theatre for the first of two much-anticipated dates. The show left us with all the feels, completely in awe of all three artists, and ultimately not wanting it to end.

After cheekily walking onstage to Manfred Mann’s “Quinn the Eskimo”, Alaskan-born singer-songwriter Quinn Christopherson opened the evening with a set of his dreamy, minimalist pop songs from across his catalog of EPs and singles.

Julien Baker


Julien Baker

Baker then took the stage and opened with an old favorite in “Sprained Ankle” before unveiling mostly newer songs from last year’s Little Oblivions as well as a few from 2017’s Turn Out the Lights. Baker’s powerful vocals and raw, vulnerable lyrics had us glued to her visage and utterly impressed by the 26-year-old’s skilled, energetic guitar playing the entire way.

The sun went down just in time for Angel Olsen to serve us a dose of her quintessential moody-musical medicine. Joined by a large, colorful band that included a string section, Olsen’s performance contained a slew of the brooding ballads that we love her for, many from her new album Big Time that came out in June and of course her breakout hit “Shut Up Kiss Me” off 2016’s My Woman. Although her songs bend toward the emotional, Olsen’s stage banter featured lighthearted jokes and jovial crowd interactions that only endeared us to her more.

Angel Olsen


Angel Olsen

Finally, the incredible Sharon Van Etten brought an energy and focus that had us fully entranced and powerless to her presence. Her signature, edgy brand of rock was on full display as she and her band traversed across her deep discography, including tracks off her sixth LP We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong the New Jersey native unleashed back in May. Playing in her new hometown of LA since she moved cross country in 2019, Van Etten spoke to the crowd about the origins of her latest material after writing and recording as a new mother in her home studio during the COVID-19 pandemic. We listened as she humbly opened up her heart to share her experience with us.

Olsen joined Van Etten onstage to close out the evening with a crowd-pleasing rendition of their popular 2021 duet “Like I Used To” that was produced by Grammy winner John Congleton. As the tote bag being sold at the merch stand proclaimed, “I went to ‘The Wild Hearts Tour’ and all I got was emotional.” While that’s certainly true, in reality we ended up getting much, much more.

Sharon Van Etten


Sharon Van Etten

QUINN CHRISTOPHERSON

Setlist:
Bubblegum
Just Like Céline
Evelene
Loaded Gun
2005
(Unknown)
Thanks

JULIEN BAKER

Setlist:
Sprained Ankle
Bloodshot
Tokyo
Shadowboxing
Favor
Relative Fiction
Heatwave
Ringside
Faith Healer
Hardline
Ziptie

ANGEL OLSEN

Setlist:
Dream Thing
Big Time
Ghost On
Right Now
Shut Up Kiss Me
Sister
Go Home
Through the Fires
All Mirrors
All the Good Times
Chance

SHARON VAN ETTEN

Setlist:
Headspace
Comeback Kid
No One’s Easy to Love
Anything
Come Back
Hands
Every Time the Sun Comes Up
All I Can
Darkish
Born
Mistakes
Seventeen

Encore:
Like I Used To (with Angel Olsen)

Outside Lands 2021: A return to hallowed ground

Outside Lands 2021 - crowdPhotos by Sarah Felker & Marc Fong // Written by Molly Kish //

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival //
Golden Gate Park – San Francisco
October 29th-31st, 2021 //

After postponing its 13th edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic and experiencing disappointing lineup cancellations in the months leading up to it, Outside Lands had quite a lot to make up for going into its 2021 relaunch for Halloween. Asserting themselves as hosts of the first “mega event” in Golden Gate Park during the pandemic, Bay Area concert promoter Another Planet Entertainment braved an entirely new entertainment landscape, time of year and crowd dynamic.

Following statewide safety protocols, attendees had to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination or a negative test result at all entrances before scanning their way inside the gates. Clear backpacks were enforced and costume guidelines were added to the laundry list of rules and regulations for all ticket holders. But even with the adjusted security measures and slight changes to the event’s production, concertgoers came out in record numbers. Averaging crowds of approximately 70,000 people per day, OSL 2021 wasn’t short of attendees willing to happily follow the new guidelines in order to return to the beloved three-day festival.

Outside Lands 2021

While at times the interactive experiences in 2021 seemed lacking with the obvious downplay of live art activations, comedy and representation of the Bay Area’s creative culture, OSL still provided a larger platform for community-based initiatives. This year the fest added a brand-new stage in the SOMA Tent, which focused on burgeoning talent across the local electronic scene, and also dedicated attention and space for both local and national non-profits with an extended Eco Lands footprint.

Relaunching OSL over Halloween weekend was one of the smartest pivots Another Planet could have made. The energy surrounding the holiday was palpable, providing a dialed-in event and location with an additional reason for both local and visiting attendees to celebrate. Costumed crowds filled the fields all three days and created an increasingly whimsical buildup to what felt like a triumphant return to the city’s historical Halloween legacy. With many hoping the holiday tradition would continue for years to come, OSL successfully stoked the sold-out crowd’s excitement for its return in August 2022.

Outside Lands 2021 - Moses Sumney


Moses Sumney

OUTSIDE LANDS 2021 AWARDS:

Headliner of the Weekend: Tyler, the Creator

Breakthrough Performance: The HU

Favorite First-Timer: Brijean

Best OSL Addition: SOMA Tent

Favorite Festival Food: Pork Lumpia from Abacá

Most Magical Cocktail: Silver Girl’s “St. Olaf’s Fizz”

Most Entertaining Activation: The Aperol Spritz Piazza

Best Wine Lands Pour: Brut Rose by Angels & Cowboys

Favorite OSL Night Show: Drama at Bimbo’s 360 Club

Most Popular Costume: Skeleton

Largest Crowd: RÜFÜS DU SOL

Biggest Dance Party: Khruangbin

Best Stage Production: Tame Impala

Funniest Band Interaction: The Neil Frances vs. Neal Francis beef

Local Standout: Kehlani

Most Impressive Pipes: Brittany Howard

Biggest Lasting Impression: Moses Sumney

Best Improvement: Open-air layout at The House by Heineken

Ohana Festival adds ‘Encore’ weekend for 2021 with Pearl Jam, Beck, Brandi Carlile & more on the bill

Ohana Encore - 2021 lineup

Ohana Encore //
Doheny State Beach – Dana Point, CA
October 1st-2nd, 2021 //

Well, Ohana fam … if you thought this year’s event was shaping up to be something special, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.

The music festival founded by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder in 2016 has already shared an updated roster for its fifth installment in September after postponing the festivities 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that’s actually only half of the fun now.

Yes, that’s right. Ohana Festival has announced a second event for 2021 that will take place the ensuing weekend and follow what’s sure to be an epic three days in Dana Point. And if you happen to be a Pearl Jam fan, then you’re in for a real treat.

Leading the way will be the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band for two more days at Doheny State Beach, headlining a lineup that will also include Beck, Brandi Carlile (who is already slated to perform Sunday at Ohana Festival), Lord Huron, Sleater-Kinney, White Reaper, Margo Price, ZZ Ward, NHC (a supergroup featuring Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and bassist Chris Chaney as well as Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins), Pluralone (former Red Hot Chili Peppers g