Angel Olsen releases Phases, a collection of demos, B-sides

As everything else with Angel Olsen, her just-released collection of demos, B-sides and outtakes has stunning moments.

For instance, on Phases, Olsen treats us to Sans, a surprisingly good demo from 2015.

The standout track on the new release is Special, an outtake from her excellent 2016 album, My Woman.

It says something about an artist when even her cast-off songs are so compelling. Olsen is one of the best American singer-songwriters today.

Catch her live. Olsen plays Chicago’s Riviera Theatre December 9.

Listen to a new Ty Segall song

It’s been three weeks since Ty Segall released a new song.

So, of course, it’s time for yet another one.

Segall just released My Lady’s On Fire. It’s a ballad but takes a little different approach than much of his catalog. A little piano and saxophone end this pop song on a jazzy note.

Check it out here.

Japandroids, Cloud Nothings play Empty Bottle surprise show

It was billed as a mystery show Friday night. Now, Empty Bottle just announced that Japandroids (above) and Cloud Nothings will play a show with no advance tickets and barely any advance notice.

Tickets are $10 — cash only — and will be sold at the door when it opens at 9 p.m. Friday night. No lining up before 7 p.m., according to an email from the Bottle.

One ticket per person.

Both bands released decent albums this year and have strong back catalogs. They are both highly energetic live.

Shilpa Ray plays Chicago’s Hideout

Shilpa Ray is a Brooklyn singer songwriter who melds blues, doo-wop, garage and other musical styles often punctuated by her big, booming voice.

On Door Girl, Ray reflects on life — nightlife in particular — in New York. It’s told from the perspective of someone who actually worked the door of a Lower East Side bar in Manhattan. Her music is original and interesting.

She plays Hideout Saturday.

Watch Angel Olsen’s Special, a gem of an outtake from My Woman album

Clocking in at more than 7 minutes, Special is a mind-blowing, psychedelic slow burner that was recorded for — but did not appear — on Angel Olsen’s excellent 2016 album My Woman.

It’s also one of the songs being made available for the first time on Olsen’s upcoming release, Phases, which also includes demos and B-sides.

Phases is out November 10.

Enjoy this vintage home-movie style video for Special.