Sharon Van Etten PR 2010

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:

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

Comments (3)
  1. Easily one of the best albums of the year. I dig this newer, fuller sound. It still keeps everything that made Etten’s first release good — namely her vocals and the moods her melodies inspired. But “Epic” adds drums, and other noisy atmospheric elements, textured and elegant. Very cool album.

  2. It’s one of those songs you love the first time you hear it.

  3. It’s a pop song that will haunt me for decades, until I’m dead in the ground. It’s that great of a song. It gives me chills, I never want it to end. It reminds me of the feeling I had the first few times time I heard “Last Goodbye.” Every time I listen to that Buckley song, same chills, 16 years later. This song, has that power.
    I went as far as writing a confessional review about the entire record for a great, indie, N. IL podcast.
    http://sockmonkeysound.com/articles/sharon-van-etten-epic

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