I took a long lunch break today and hopped on over to WXPN to catch Sharon Van Etten playing the Free at Noon show. These shows are one of my absolute favorite things about XPN; they take place every Friday and feature some really amazing artists – for free. I mean, how can you not take advantage of that? I jumped at the chance to see Sharon Van Etten, as I’ve been listening to her new album Tramp quite a bit this week and was itching to see her live. She stepped on stage at noon accompanied by Doug Keith on bass, Zeke Hutchins on drums and Heather Woods Broderick on keys and providing backup vocals. For 45 minutes the crowd was captivated by her sultry, smoky voice as she played some songs off Tramp including the slow chugging “Warsaw” and hit “Serpents.” Her music pulls at you, sometimes right at the heart strings, building an emotional connection with the audience – and even when she sings lyrics like “how I want to be you,” there is something very empowering about it. Philadelphia is the first stop of her tour – she plays a sold out show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight – so check out more dates here and be sure to catch her in your hood!
WXPN was also kind enough to share a link to a free download of their Shaking Through: Selected Tracks Vol. 1 & 2, on which the opening track is Sharon Van Etten’s beautiful song “Love More” (it also contains tracks by Twin Sister, Hezekiah Jones and Family Band)!
Click the link below to go download! Enjoy, and happiest of Fridays to you all :)