Back when she was bellowing songs from 2010's epic and sipping wine out of a coffee mug, someone called out a request from Sharon Van Etten's nimble acoustic-driven first album during one of her sets, and she blushed at the recognition: "No one knows about that," she dismissed.
Kari Devereaux for the Village Voice Sharon Van Etten sells out Greenpoint's Warsaw.
Over four years later, Van Etten is kicking off another world tour in support of 2014's Are We There with back-to-back sold-out shows in New York, and everyone at Warsaw in Greenpoint last night knew the songs from the record and those that came before. In May, when we asked her about the upcoming tour, Van Etten likened the experience to therapy: "The depth behind each song is something I'm going to be exploring every night."
In some ways, watching her perform last night was like sitting in on her therapy session — that is, if therapy included a four-piece rock band and blinding spotlights in the ballroom of a venue whose tagline is "where pierogies meet punk."