photos by Amanda Hatfield
""I write from a painful place," [Sharon Van Etten] recently told SPIN of the inspiration behind her latest release, the seven-song EP Epic. You can say that again. At the Swan Dive venue, just past midnight, Etten played a mournful solo electric ditty, reminiscent early Cat Power, and while her lyrics were largely undistinguishable, the track's title unidentifiable, it didn't matter -- the song gushed emotional ache like blood from an open wound. Words like "pain" and "brave" and "broken" occasionally rose over the five or six simple, tinny electric guitar chords she strummed alone. Even her bassist and drummer watched intently, like they'd never witnessed the emoting force of tangled nerves they in fact support each night. "[I'll] never let myself love like that again," she said. I'd reluctantly advise against it: It sounds like it hurt." [SPIN]After multiple years of official BV showcases at Club DeVille, we changed it up a bit this year by moving to another Red River venue, the indoor and swanky Swan Dive which was the perfect setting for the sounds of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (solo), Olof Arnalds (solo), Ted Leo (solo), Sam Amidon (solo, except for when Olof joined him on violin for his cover of "Walking on Sunshine"), Sharon Van Etten (full band), and Evan Voytas (full band). The only negative was that the crowd noise from the back was a bit loud at times, like during Olof especially, but otherwise an amazing evening and end to a long day that started with a two-stage BV day party at Emo's.
More pictures from the show, below...
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
Sharon Van Etten