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Michael Cera and Sharon Van Etten shot a video in … Glenside?

Sharon Van Etten | Photo by Cameron Pollack

If you watch the upcoming documentary film DINA, some local sights may catch your eye. The film is billed as a “real-life romantic comedy” and follows the events and experiences of suburban PA couple Dina Buno and Scott Levin, who both face the challenges of being in a relationship while living with mental disabilities. The film won awards at Sundance, but since it doesn’t premiere until Oct. 6, we didn’t know a ton about it other than that basic premise. But, a few days ago, a welcome surprise appeared in the form of a Michael Cera + Sharon Van Etten collab. The song “Best I Can,” from the film’s soundtrack, comes with a video featuring the film’s cast and was shot right in our neck of the woods — the suburbs of Glenside, Jenkintown, West Chester and Springfield are among the locations used. Continue reading →

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Hear Sharon Van Etten take on a country classic with her cover of “The End of the World”

Sharon van Etten | via the artist's Facebook page
Sharon Van Etten | via the artist’s Facebook page

It’s been a few years since Sharon Van Etten’s last proper release, but in the interim, she’s been keeping busy scoring films and covering the Squidbillies theme. Now, she’s taking on Skeeter Davis’ classic country tune “The End of the World” for Resistance Radio: The Man In The High Castle Album. Inspired by the Amazon-produced television show of the same name, the record features a star-studded track list that also includes covers from The Shins , Angel Olsen, Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT, and more. Van Etten leaves the arrangement largely untouched in her take on the song, regonizing that a melody this beautiful only needs a beautiful voice to sing it. If you need me, I’ll be weeping softly next to the vintage gramaphone I inexplicably just found in my basement. Stream the track below. Continue reading →

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Watch Sharon Van Etten join Big Thief onstage at Bowery Ballroom

Sharon Van Etten and Adrianne Lenker of Big Thief | photo by @joe_saturday via Brooklyn Vegan

Think of it as an old favorite teaming up with a new favorite. On Saturday night, Brooklyn breakouts Big Thief headlined The Bowery Ballroom in New York City in support of their killer 2016 record Masterpiece, and they were joined onstage by the wonderful Sharon Van Etten — who has taken a bit of a detour from her music career to act in the new Netflix series The OA, stunt double and all. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli cover Sharon Van Etten and catch him live in Philly early next year

Photo courtesy of Amanda Demme via facebook.com
Photo courtesy of Amanda Demme via facebook.com

Ohio-bred guitarist and songwriter Greg Dulli has had a long and successful career in the alt-rock scene, from his days founding the now-reunited Afghan Whigs to his work with The Twilight Singers and a string of solo releases, Dulli has been around the block.

Now he will go around the world as a part of a career-encompassing tour of Europe and North America. Today Dulli announced the specific dates and teamed up with longtime singer-songwriter and icon Ani DiFranco to give fans a taste of what to expect come tour time, with a cover of Sharon Van Etten’s 2010 song, “A Crime.” Continue reading →

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Rounding up the best and brightest of Governors Ball 2015

Governors' Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish
Governors Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish

The annual Governors Ball festival is held at Randall’s Island in New York, wedged in between Upper Manhattan and Queens. The rain trickled down on Friday but that didn’t stop the ticket holders from trekking through to make it over for their favorite acts, most especially Philly’s The Districts who started off the fest Friday afternoon at 12:15. A bit too early for most, one would think, but they ripped through their set with a medium sized but lively crowd cheering along to the words of “Young Blood.” Continue reading →

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Watch Sharon Van Etten’s black & white (with a little color) video for “Our Love”

Photo by Dusdin Condren
Photo by Dusdin Condren

Here at XPN, we can’t get enough of Sharon Van Etten.  So much so that we feel as if we have adopted the North Jersey / Brooklyn artist as an honorary Philadelphian.  Today, SVE shared her latest video for “Our Love” off her acclaimed record Are We There.  Almost the entire video is shot in black and white, but turns to color at the very end. Come back to Philly soon, SVE! Watch the video below via Pitchfork.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks (Wed 6/18): Sharon Van Etten at Union Transfer, Hezekiah Jones at Pastorious Park, Dead Kennedys at TLA and more

Photo by Dusdin Condre
Photo by Dusdin Condre

Tonight, XPN Welcomes Sharon Van Etten to Union Transfer. Her new album, Are We There is one of the best albums of 2014. The singer-songwriter is known for her brutally, honest albums that let the listener in on her personal emotional rollercoaster. For more information and tickets, check out the XPN Concert Calendar.

Hezekiah Jones will be at Pastorious Park tonight. The troupe is made up of musically-talented Philly singer-songwriters bringing each of their own music backgrounds to the group. The result is a band with its own eclectic spin to storytelling artistry. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more information about the event. Below, watch one of our favorite projects that Hezekiah Jones was involved with for Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through.

Shaking Through: Hezekiah Jones from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.

Punk rock band legends Dead Kennedys play tonight at TLA. After disbanding in 1986, the hardcore rockers reformed in 2001 with Skip McSkipster currently singing lead vocals for the band.Tickets and more information can be found on the here.

Additional:

XPN Welcomes Mary Gauthier and Anthony D’Amato to Haddon Lake Park ($0, all ages, 7:30 p.m.)
XPN Welcomes Mark Broussard to Sellersville Theatre ($33-$45, all ages, 8 p.m.)