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Sharon Van Etten + Robert Scott

Sharon Van Etten + Robert Scott

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  • Thu 12 Mar ’15, 8:00pm – 11:30pm


Kings Arms, 59 France St, Newton



With Sharon Van Etten’s album Are We There and single Your Love is Killing Me featuring in many prestigious end of year lists Van Etten is one of THE artists of 2014 and one of THE artists to see live in 2015.

A wealth of praise and a host of top 10s were received in year end best-of lists including Amazon, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, MOJO, The A.V. Club, Uncut, BBC Radio 6music, SPIN, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Paste, Under The Radar, Consequence of Sound, Austin American Statesman, Stereogum and many others.

Embarking on a must-see debut tour of New Zealand in March we now have exciting news that Robert Scott (The Clean & The Bats) is confirmed as very special guest.

Sharon Van Etten and very special guest Robert Scott play Auckland Kings Arms on Thursday March 12th, Wellington Bodega Friday March 13th, Lyttelton Wunderbar Saturday March 14th and Dunedin Chick’s Hotel Sunday March 15th. Tickets are $45/$50 from Ticketmaster, Under The Radar and Real Groovy Records.

This year Sharon Van Etten’s Are We There album has garnered five star reviews and consensual critical acclaim acknowledging her as one of the finest singer/songwriters of our time.

“The work of a modern day master” - NME
“Magnificent” - Off The Tracks NZ

Are We There is Van Etten’s fourth album and is the sound of an artist in full stride - writing, producing and performing. Sharon Van Etten has a sublime heart-stopping voice and a free-flowing emotional richness, intensity, depth and poetic nuances that few contemporary musicians can match.

“[Are we there] confirms how breathtaking Sharon Van Etten’s songwriting and singing has become” - Under The Radar NZ
“She turns in the performance of a lifetime, she gives everything and its impossible to be unmoved”
“Proving her mettle as a singular songwriter not afraid to hold hot coals with bare hands” - Uncut
“A singer taking total command of her heart-stopping voice” - Independent On Sunday

Are We There is the most recent peak in a continual career upward trajectory. It builds further still upon what is considered to be her breakthrough year in 2012 with the hugely acclaimed Tramp album which was produced by Aaron Dessner (The National). Described as “one of the first indisputable masterpieces of 2012” by The Sunday Times, “the singers voice is the sort that seeps into your soul and stays there” noted The Sun and The Times rated her “the master of her craft”. It made many of the year end Top 50 album lists and was #1 in the taste-making Fly magazine.

Having toured with The National through Europe and last year across the States with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds as both opening act and sometime guest back up vocalist Van Etten has been keeping some excellent company whilst travelling her music to audiences that are more often than not left spell-bound by her sets.

With a catalogue of great songs and a flawless voice capable of carrying all corners of emotional extreme SVE’s live performances are powerful and utterly compelling. Not afraid to open herself up and share a deeply personal narrative Van Etten is raw, honest and moving. Known to enjoy some warm between song banter, it is perhaps this that bonds the audience on a very personal level between real people and genuine experience with no pretence.

Sharon Van Etten is an exceptional artist who is now at the peak of her powers bringing everything together with such confidence that “every song strikes a direct hit” (The Guardian). These will be very special shows performed in intimate venues, perfect for an up close and personal sharing of Sharon Van Etten’s first visit to New Zealand.

“… her sublime voice and the poised but complex song structures can take you out of yourself as all the very best music does…” - NME

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