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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.)

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Tarifa” by Sharon Van Etten

Photo by Cameron Pollack
Photo by Cameron Pollack

Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten recently released her stellar new album Are We There, and did a World Cafe session with Cafe host David Dye.

The Brooklyn based musician’s career has flourished since her 2009 debut, Because I Was In Love, and as she has pushed herself to improve on each new release, Van Etten’s remarkable emotional honesty and intimacy of her songs has remained constant.

WXPN Welcomes Sharon to Union Transfer on Wednesday, June 18th. Go here for tickets and more information to the show. Below, download a World Cafe version of “Tarifa.”

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Get down with Sharon Van Etten, Parquet Courts and Cold Cave on tonight’s ‘Compact’ Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Sharon Van Etten | Photo by Shervin Lainez
Sharon Van Etten | Photo by Shervin Lainez

As it’s another Final Friday, it’s time once again for a ‘Compact,’ one-hour edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade! Tune in at 11pm (immediately after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a concentrated dose of new tracks from around the globe. We’ll spotlight the newly released record from Sharon Van Etten and hear a number of Land Of The Lost icons who are still making great records to this day. Plus a few of the following:

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Listen to Sharon Van Etten’s dramatic new ballad “Your Love Is Killing Me”

via www.facebook.com/SharonVanEttenMusic
via www.facebook.com/SharonVanEttenMusic

Vocal powerhouse Sharon Van Etten released a new song from her forthcoming LP Are We There, and it’s nothing short of breathtaking.  “Your Love Is Killing Me” starts out slow and ominous then slowly builds into a story about resisting the urge to reconnect with a past love. The language Van Etten uses evokes pure desperation and a need to separate herself from this person, underscoring how painful the relationship has been. “Break my legs so I won’t walk to you,” she sings. “Cut my tongue so I can’t talk to you / burn my skin so I can’t feel you / stab my eyes so I can’t see.” As the song progresses and the pace quickens, you can feel her sense of urgency. Around the 4:40 mark you feel a release as she sings “You like it when I let you walk all over me .” Are We There is out May 27th via Jagjaguwar Records, and she will be in Philly on June 18 at Union Transfer. She’s also taping a World Cafe Session during this week’s NonCOMM that you can hear later this year. Listen to “Your Love Is Killing Me” below.

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Watch an animated Sharon Van Etten and an aging vampire in the new “Even When The Sun Comes Up” video

SVEThe new video for Sharon Van Etten’s “Even When The Sun Comes Up” is equal parts silly, sad and striking. The song comes from the Jersey-born singer’s fine new album Are We Out There, out May 27th on Jagjaguwar Records, and the video (which premiered today on NPR Music) wanders into a late-night television set where an aging and exhausted horror show host coughs amid the dry ice smoke, and an animated SVE sings achingly from his television set. If you’re observant, you can spot cameos in the video from Philly folk Joey Sweeney (a lighting tech fixing the glowing eyes of an ornamental skull) and Gretchen Lohse (holding cue cards). Watch the video below, and get information on Sharon Van Etten’s June 21st show at Union Transfer at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten performs a heartwrenching cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Drive All Night”

Photo by Dusdin Condre
Photo by Dusdin Condre

Sharon Van Etten recently covered Bruce Springsteen’s “Drive All Night” for The A.V. Club‘s localized cover series (this time New Jersey is the place of interest, which is near and dear to both artists). Van Etten’s rendition sounds like something stripped straight from a heartbreaking scene in a movie; her higher pitch delivery dances upon each piano note with emotional vocal cracks in the same way Springsteen’s signature rasp does in the original. That said, her rendition is inspired and all her own at the same time. Get tickets to Sharon Van Etten’s show at Union Transfer on June 18th here. Watch it below (and try not to sob too hard).

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Sharon Van Etten shares an ominously beautiful new track “Every Time The Sun Comes Up”

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Not many singer-songwriters can do dark and whimsical the way Sharon Van Etten can. With her new track “Every Time The Sun Comes Up”, she rests on a slowly drawn, languid groove that finds her reflecting on what is and what will be. We don’t know exactly what will be but we do know that’s causing repeated distress and anguish as she sings “every time the sun comes up, I’m in trouble” in such a matter-of-fact way that you could argue it’s not an immediate consequence she fears but perhaps a slow descent into some unfavorable fortune. Van Etten’s new album Are We There is out May 27th and she’ll be in town June 18th for a show at Union Transfer. Get tickets here.

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Watch Sharon Van Etten’s new video for “Taking Chances”

Photo by Dusdin Condre
Photo by Dusdin Condre

Sharon Van Etten has shared the video for her song “Taking Chances” from her forthcoming album, Are We There, out May 27th on Jagjaguwar. The video was inspired by film director Agnès Varda, and her 1962 film, Cleo from 5 to 7, about a French singer who wanders around Paris between 5-7PM waiting for the results of a potentially life changing medical test. The “Taking Chances” video was written, shot and directed by director Michael Palmieri. Sharon plays in Philly on June 18th at Union Transfer. Below, watch the video, and download the song.