Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012
Sharon Van Etten w/ Tennis and Yellow Ostrich
Tonight @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten built on the achy, sparsely adorned folk sound of her 2009 album Because I Was in Love on 2010's follow-up,Epic, a short but near-perfect record that fitted her with a full backing band. The result was a tougher, more assured collection that retained the emotional charge of her debut but added a bit more of a bite, with Van Etten putting her intense voice to use on pointed songs about bouncing back from a truly terrible relationship. For her latest album, Tramp, Van Etten surrounded herself with a host of collaborators, including The National's Aaron Dessner, for her fullest work yet. She shares this bill with the indie-pop group Tennis and indie-rockers Yellow Ostrich, who dialed up the horns on their sonically dense new album, Strange Land.