Sharon Van Etten's Career Spanning Celebration
  • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012

  • Posted by: David Pitz

From our perspective, few careers have been as satisfying to watch evolve as Sharon Van Etten's. Three-and-a-half years ago, the beloved Brooklyn songwriter stopped by our place for a quiet, sincere and intimate session in our Guest Apartment. Since that time she's collected a number of career highlights: A wintery, Bowery-headlining gig in January of '11, support on The National's tour, capped off by a grungy performance at the Beacon, all of the late night television gigs a musician of her ilk can do, not to mention this interview with Nardwuar (included as a highlight because it is truly awesome). But last evening's tour-closing gig at Town Hall in Times Square might have provided the biggest moment to date; a career spanning celebration of everything there is to love about SVE.

Assembling an insanely impressive cast of friends and supporters to lend a hand throughout the evening, Ms. Van Etten exhibited the inverse nature of her music to date, performing two unique sets; a sparser collection drawing from the acoustic beginnings of Because I Was In Love and the crunchy, rough and tumble performance of songs from most recent, Aaron Dessner produced album Tramp. Dessner, who shares guitar duties with his twin brother Bryce in The National, was on hand to accompany SVE on plenty of the evening's songs. Other pals such as The Antlers' Peter Silberman and Megafaun's Brad Cook popped on and off the stage over the course of the evening. Jenn Wasner, who sings and plays guitar for the Baltimore duo Wye Oak, crooned alongside Van Etten on a gorgeous rendition of "Consolation Prize"...a personal highlight from the evening.

The only real baffling moment occurred when Thurston Moore, all 6 feet-6 inches of him, brought his new band Chelsea Light Moving on stage for a take on his new single, "Groovy & Linda". Preceded by a longwinded, rambling story on the inspiration of the song, Moore and his band hijacked the concert, but only for a moment. Moore would remain on stage for a few songs as SVE got back to doing what she would does best, concluding by inviting her father on stage (it was his birthday) for a presumed Neil Young cover (I...um, don't know which one it was...perhaps you could enlighten me?). All and all, a wonderful evening celebrating one of the cities' great young hopes; an artist that will only continue to bloom before our very eyes.
























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