by Steve Haruch
We've actually known about this for a while, but shits got busy, and then there was all that turkey, and the black this and the cyber that, and I didn't get around to posting it in my usual somewhat almost timely manner. If you're not excited about this show, I guess I understand: First name, last name, etc. — we get a lot of that in this town, and a lot of it is about as interesting as a cardboard box, which, at least you can make an awesome fort out of a cardboard box if it's big enough.
But seriously: You should be excited about this show.
Remember way back in 2008 when Van Etten opened for Festival at The Basement, and The Spin was there, and then the comments got to be about all sorts of things, including roller derby? Well, more recently, she's done a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR, toured with Junip and generally been everywhere in the best way. She's hitting Nashville on another long tour, this one starting Dec. 3 in Nara, Japan, coming stateside and dipping south to our fair city, then making the jump overseas to open for The National.
My only question about Van Etten's latest, Epic, is where it's going to land in my Top 10 albums of the year, not whether it will. She has a voice like a blade, and the songs are good in ways that most songs don't know how to be. Considering it'll be roughly two and a half years between Nashville shows when Jan. 22 rolls around, you don't want to miss her this time.