Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Show Preview - Sharon Van Etten - Carnegie Lecture Hall - 4.28.12 - Concert Preview

Sharon Van Etten will be playing next Saturday at the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland brought to the city by the good people at the Warhol Museum. She is touring behind her third studio album, Tramp, which has received praise via the blogosphere along with the mainstream press. The LP was released in February of this year on Jagjaguwar Records featuring producer Aaron Dessner of The National. The album is compilation of an individual up’s and down’s in life with visions of death and love. The songs are easily identified by people across the board; they are honest, sincere and relate to everyday experience giving her a wide fan base that has developed over the past several years.

"Leonard" by Sharon Van Etten from Secretly Jag on Vimeo.

From her press:

The shimmering sound of Sharon Van Etten’s Jagjaguwar debut album, Tramp, both defies and illuminates the unsteadiness of a life in flux. Throughout the 14 months of scattered recording sessions, Van Etten was without a home -- crashing with friends and storing her possessions between varied locations. The only constant in Van Etten's life during this time was spent in the garage studio of The National's Aaron Dessner. After hearing Van Etten's instantly unmistakable voice early on, Dessner covered epic's "Love More" with Justin Vernon. When Van Etten found out, she contacted Dessner, and almost immediately they formed plans for working together. Dessner offered both a location for Van Etten to record new songs, as well as the opinions of a wise producer.

One year later, and Van Etten unveils Tramp, an assured and strident album showcasing an artist in full control of her powers. With her third album,Van Etten's words and voice are now two parts of an evocative whole. Given the space to experiment, Van Etten pushed herself deeper than ever before. Her previous records have been subtle and powerful – at once heartbreaking, luminous, intricate and beautiful. Now lush and triumphant, this is a fresh vision Van Etten has realized with the same grace that made her first two releases so enduring. Tramp contains as much striking rock as pious, minimal beauty; it can be as emotionally combative as it can sultry . Contributions from Zach Condon (Beirut), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Matt Barrick (The Walkmen), Julianna Barwick, and Dessner himself add a glowing sheen to the already substantial offering.

Show is scheduled to begin at 8p with Flock of Dimes opening. Tickets are $15 and can be found here. More information about SVE can be found out these sites: