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Sharon Van Etten on World Cafe | July 9, 2012

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Sharon Van Etten's raspy, elegant vocals and deeply confessional folk-rock have made her a rising star. Ever since her official debut in 2009, the heart-breakingly intimate Because I Was In Love, Van Etten has been expanding her sound and adding grit to her delivery.

Van Etten's third album, the transfixing Tramp, came out in February. Van Etten still sings of heartbreak, lost chances and first kisses, but the overall tone is more triumphant and defiant. Van Etten's luminous alto, dynamic instrumentation and star collaborators — Beirut's Zach Condon, Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner, The Walkmen's Matt Barrick — make Tramp wonderfully expressive and unforgettable.

This segment originally aired on March 9, 2012. (link)


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Talking Heads "Blind" Naked
Passion Pit "Take A Walk" Gossamer
Minus the Bear "My Time" Omni
St. Vincent "Cruel" Strange Mercy
((Apex Manor "Under the Gun" The Year of Magical Drinking))
Sharon Van Etten "Serpents" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Sharon Van Etten "Give Out" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Sharon Van Etten "Life of His Own" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Sharon Van Etten "Warsaw" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Anders Osborne "When Will I See You Again" Black Eye Galaxy
Snooks Eaglin "It's Your Thing" Out of Nowhere
Alejandro Escovedo "Man Of The World" Big Station
Jerry Harrison "Rev It Up" Casual Gods


Ryan Adams "La Cienega Just Smiled" Gold
Family Band "Night Song" Grace & Lies
Family Band "Again" Grace & Lies
Nada Surf "Always Love" The Weight Is A Gift
The Walkmen "Heaven" Heaven
((Grizzly Bear "Easier" Yellow House))
Norah Jones "Happy Pills" Little Broken Hearts
Joe Jackson "Caravan" The Duke
Debo Band "Akale Wube" Debo Band
((The Budos Band "Up From the South" The Budos Band))
The Avett Brothers "Live and Die" The Carpenter
The Head and the Heart "Down in the Valley" The Head and the Heart
Aimee Mann "Charmer" Charmer
The National "Bloodbuzz Ohio" High Violet
Jose Gonzalez "Heartbeats" Veneer
((Bobby Long "So Tear Me Up" Dirty Pond Songs))