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Sharon Van Etten: FUV Live At Rockwood Music Hall 2014


“This is a song about Google Maps.” That is how New Yorker Sharon Van Etten introduced her new song, “I Love You But I’m Lost,” in her FUV Live performance at Rockwood Music Hall last week. Of course, the song is not at all about getting (or not getting) directions from Google, but like much of her fourth album, Are We There, it is about navigation: navigating a painful relationship, the struggle to balance career and love, and ultimately, trusting your own voice.

Building on the success of her last album, Tramp (which was produced by Aaron Dessner of The National and features several stars of indie-rock), Sharon decided that the next direction to take was her own. So Are We There is her first self-produced album, recorded with her stellar band and some assistance from Grammy-winning, veteran producer, Stewart Lerman.

Van Etten brought that band to the Lower East Side to play a room she said she hasn't played in "too long." She floored us with her heartbreakingly gorgeous, honest new songs and wryly entertained us with her self-deprecating humor. And—bonus—she gave us a few tips on places to shop for wine, and more, in New York City.

Listen to the entire Sharon Van Etten concert in the FUV Vault now and below, watch videos of Sharon and her bandmates performing "Taking Chances" and "Every Time The Sun Comes Up."

[recorded: 05/22/14]

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