This week’s Gotta Hear Song of The Week is a cover of Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty duet, “Stop Draggin’My Heart Around,” by singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten and the Austin band Shearwater. The cover was released for Record Store Day this past Saturday on Sub Pop Records as a special limited edition 7-inch single. It was originally recorded for the A.V. Club Undercover video series.
The Austin, TX band Shearwater recently stopped by the XPN2 studios to perform songs from their newly released album, Animal Joy. Now you can stream the session whenever you like. Shearwater started out as the side project of Okkervil River members Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff. Now led entirely by Meiburg, Shearwater’s music has gone through many stylistic changes; from orchestral folk to experimental ambient to their newfound rock direction. We’ll hear live performances of songs from Animal Joy, and XPN2′s Eric Schuman talks with Meiburg about his creative journey and his life outside of music.
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XPN Welcomes Sharon Van Etten + Shearwater to Johnny Brenda’s at 9:15 p.m. Friday, February 10th; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT. You can listen to Van Etten’s new album, Tramp, via streaming audio at NPR Music.
Also Playing: XPN Welcomes Bruce Hornsby to the Keswick Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 11th; tickets to the all-ages show are $29.50–$49.50.
Photo by Amy V. Cooper
From NPR Music:
Even at its most tender and delicate, Animal Joy pairs Meiburg’s brainy proclamations with brawny, searching arrangements: Inventive percussionist Thor Harris leaves his reverberations all over the record, and he’s aided by terrific bassist Kimberly Burke and an impressive assortment of guests, including Wye Oak multi-instrumentalist Andy Stack. The common thread binding them all, and binding everything Shearwater does, is a love of big thinking — and a clear understanding that brains and beauty need never be mutually exclusive.
You can read the full write-up and listen to the album in its entirety here. Shearwater performs with Sharon Van Etten at 9:15 p.m. Friday, February 10th, at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT.
The Austin, Texas band Shearwater is releasing a new album, Animal Joy, on Sub Pop records on February 14th. They’ll be in town on February 10th at Johnny Brenda’s opening for Sharon Van Etten. The show is sold out. Below, download “You As You Were” from Shearwater’s forthcoming album.
The Austin, Texas band Shearwater have a new album coming out on Valentine’s Day on Sub Pop Records called Animal Joy. The band are also on the road with Sharon Van Etten and they are playing at Johnny Brenda’s on February 10th. Tickets and more information for the show can be found here. Below, download a new song from Shearwater called “Breaking The Yearlings.”