Sharon Van Etten at the Jefferson, Dr. Calagari at Random Row

April 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment · By

Sharon Van Etten is playing at the Jefferson tonight; in the past year or so, her music has seemingly been everywhere I look (but maybe that’s just because everyone I follow on Twitter is a fan?) She’s hardly undeserving of the attention, though; her songs are solid and she’s a fantastic performer.  I first heard her stuff when she played at the Tea Bazaar a year and a half ago, and it seemed clear from both the strength of her performance and the feverish attention of her audience (whom, sadly, were pretty indifferent to her equally talented opener, Marissa Nadler) that her next appearance in town would necessitate a bigger venue. She’s got a new album out (on Jagjaguwar, no less), and what I’ve heard from it sounds really good. (There’s a not-at-all-bad video, too, which you can see in my post over at the Feedback blog). I’m not sure if the backing band she’s touring with is made up of the same folks that she had last time or not (though sadly, the line-up will not include the awesome Cat Martino this time around), but if they put on a show anywhere near as good, it’ll definitely be worth hearing. The opening acts are Flock of Dimes (apparently Wye Oak side-project, unheard by me) and the Cinnamon Band. Tickets are $14 at the door, which opens at 8:00 for 9:00 show. Sharon tweets: “I think my mom’s coming! You should too.”

I’ve also just heard about an event at Random Row that sounds great; Coogan Brennan will be donning his experimental keyboard identity Billy Moon to provide a live score for the 1920 expressionist horror classic the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Coogan says: “Movie and music start around 8. Donations accepted and no one turned away.

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  • 1 James // Apr 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    There are also a number of “420”-related events happening around town, which I can assure you I will be avoiding like the fucking plague.