Sharon Van Etten – “Don’t Do It” (Stereogum Premiere)

By jessica / September 10, 2010 - 2:54 pm

The main attraction at the Chris Knox Benefit show was, for most, the promised short, live set by Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum. It seemed like everyone was impatient and antsy during the earlier performers sets. But Sharon Van Etten’s set impressed my Mangum-obsessed friends who’d never heard or heard of her before, and she was the only other performer they talked about afterward.

Her second album, Epic, frames her voice and smart lyrics in a bigger package (her first album, and most of her live performances are just Van Etten and a guitar). “Don’t Do It” sounds like a plea at first, but as she repeats the chorus it sounds more like an ultimatum. Listen:

Sharon Van Etten – “Don’t Do It”

Epic is out 10/5 via Ba Da Bing!. She’s on tour for the next couple months, playing with Bowerbirds, Junip, and many others:

09/09 – Charlottesville, VA @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar #
09/10 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival at the Pour House
09/12 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone #
09/13 – Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light #
09/14 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 #
09/17-19 – Durham, NC @ Hayti Heritage Center at Duke University (Sounds of the South)
09/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex & Echo (Waved Out Festival)
10/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rock Shop $
10/09 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge %
10/11 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage ^
10/13 – Ithaca, NY @ Castaways ^
10/14 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall ^
11/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe &
11/02 – Boston, MA @ Royale &
11/03 – Winooski, VT @ Monkey House
11/04 – Montreal, QC @ Belmont &
11/05 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace &
11/06 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall &
11/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center &
11/10 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos’s &
11/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue &
11/12 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir &
11/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Independent &
11/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Music Box &
11/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room &
11/18 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk &
11/19 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s &
11/20 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon &
11/22 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle &

# w/ Marissa Nadler
$ w/ Julianna Barwick, She Keeps Bees
% w/ Kyp Malone
^ w/ Bowerbirds
& w/ Junip