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Sharon Van Etten on World Cafe | December 21, 2010

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Intimate and hushed, Sharon Van Etten's folk tunes tend to quiet any room she plays them in. These are the type of nuanced songs that can render a crowd breathless.

Van Etten was introduced to an eclectic blend of folk and rock 'n' roll while growing up in Nashville. She worked her way to Brooklyn, and after a national tour in support of her debut album, Because I Was In Love, she turned to Epic, a seven-song LP that was one of NPR Music's favorite records of 2010.

Lined with melancholic heartbreak, Van Etten bears it all — the betrayal, the obsession, and everything that comes along with collapsed romances. But where there is dark, there is also light, and she is not afraid to demonstrate her hopeful side. Epic is definitely an album beaming with learned experiences and growth, leaving every listener with something to take away.

With guitar in hand, she was this year's first featured artist in the Shaking Through music series from WXPN and the non-profit Philadelphia organization Weathervane Music. It was there that she recorded "Love More," the moving finale to Epic.

Check out the playlist below:


Kate Bush Running Up That Hill  The WholeStory
LCD Soundsystem  I Can Change  This Is Happening
Talking Heads  Road to Nowhere  Little Creatures
Sharon Van Etten  Peace Signs  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Sharon Van Etten  Save Yourself  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Sharon Van Etten  Love More  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Sharon Van Etten  One Day  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Warpaint  Undertow  The Fool
Calexico  Love Will Tear Us Apart  Sweetheart 2005: Love Songs
Bill Frisell & Vinicius Cantuária  Calle 7  Lagrimas Mexicanas
Bryan Ferry  You Can Dance  Olympia
Yaz  Only You  Upstairs At Eric's
Stevie Ray Vaughan  Say What  Soul to Soul
Kings of Leon  Back Down South  Come Around Sundown
The Low Anthem  Ghost Woman Blues  Smart Flesh
Blitzen Trapper  Black River Killer  Furr
Mumford & Sons  The Cave  Sigh No More
Buffalo Springfield  On the Way Home  Retrospective
Deerhunter  Desire Lines  Halcyon Digest
Love  She Comes In Colors  The Best of Love
The Decemberists  Down By the Water  The King is Dead
Ben Folds / Nick Hornby  From Above  Lonely Avenue