When it came time for Angel Olsen to craft her fourth album, the Asheville, N.C.-based singer-songwriter intended to record the album twice: first, as bare-bones solo songs before rerecording with a full band. But once she heard how staggering the songs were when fully formed, Olsen knew that only the second version would suffice. Whether augmented by orchestra or synthesizers, the songs of “All Mirrors” take the 32-year-old to dizzying heights. Quiet moments explode into widescreen epics as her lyrics grieve for broken hearts and celebrate mended ones. “This record is about owning up to your darkest side, finding the capacity for new love and trusting change even when you feel like a stranger,” Olsen says.
The Outfit, TX
While it doesn’t have the same standing on the rap landscape as Houston, Dallas has had a fertile, homegrown hip-hop scene for years now. Repping their city is the Outfit, TX, a duo that has been at it for 10 years and has been dropping underground favorites for the past few. Along with paying tribute to local landmarks with album titles “Fuel City” and “Little World,” Mel and Jayhawk make syrupy and sinister songs for strip clubs and drag races. And while the Big D looms large in their music, so do Houston and Memphis touchstones like UGK and Three 6 Mafia. Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring. $25.
After fronting Majical Cloudz for the first half of the decade, Devon Welsh abandoned the artsy electronic pop of that duo when launching his solo career in 2016. These days, the Canadian singer-songwriter prefers his quiet introspections unadorned by much. And after last year’s relatively spare “Dream Songs” he’s gone even more minimal with “True Love,” moving to rural Wisconsin and embracing meditation, therapy and solitude while recording the album in a basement studio. His newfound asceticism allowed him to ponder the many facets of love, from romantic to parental to platonic. Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong. $15.