The Bowery Ballroom
Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten

Carter Tanton, Glass Ghost

Sun, February 26, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

$18 advance / $20 day of show

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Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten
For all the attention that was paid to her 2012 break-through Tramp, Sharon Van Etten
is an artist with a manifest hunger to turn another corner. Writing from free-flowing
emotional honesty and vulnerability creates a bond with the listener that few
contemporary musicians can match. Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is
continuously challenging herself. Now, the result is Are We There, a self-produced
album of exceptional intimacy, sublime generosity and immense breadth.
While most musicians are quite happy to leave the production end of things to someone
else, with Are We There, Van Etten knew it was time to make a record entirely on her
terms. The saying goes “fortune favors the bold” and yet this boldness had to be
tempered. For this, Van Etten found a kindred spirit in veteran music producer Stewart
Lerman whose expertise gave her the freedom to make Are We There the way she
imagined. Originally working together on Boardwalk Empire, they gently moved into
new roles, rallying around the idea of collaborating in Lerman’s studio in New Jersey.
It is clear from Are We There’s opening chords, we are witnessing a new awareness, a
sign of Van Etten in full stride, writing, producing and performing from a place that
seems almost mythical, were it not so touchable and real. Always direct, and never
shying away from even the most personally painful narratives, Van Ettten’s songwriting
continues to evolve. Many of the songs deal with seemingly impossible decisions,
anticipation, and then resolution. She sings of the nature of desire, memory, of being lost,
emptiness, of promises and loyalty, fear and change, of healing and the true self, violence
and sanctuary, waiting, of silence. The artist who speaks in such a voice is urging us to do
something, to take hold and to go deeper.
Carter Tanton
Carter Tanton
Carter Tanton (formerly known as Tulsa and current member of Lower Dens) is excited to announce his forthcoming full-length, Freeclouds with Western Vinyl. Tanton's last release with Tulsa, I Was Submerged won the approval of both the media and fans alike, praised by NPR, SPIN and Rolling Stone, who said Tanton's "indie-seraphim voice is not of this world."

"Carter Tanton has a spectacular voice, and he uses it to the fullest, with long, plunging held notes, wordless accents, and a self-harmonizing technique that lends weightlessness to some of his best melodic phrases. His voice, as much as the songwriting, makes these songs memorable and gives them an ageless quality." - Pitchfork

RIYL: Midlake, Band of Horses, Blitzen Trapper and Wilco
Glass Ghost
Glass Ghost
Mike and Eliot met at a wedding gig. They shared a moment of absurdity as the bride and groom danced in zombie-like motions across the hotel's shiny ballroom floor. For their next gig, the two played in Best of Boston, a loose-jawed jazz band that performed at such odd venues as the clothing store Louis Boston, VFW halls, and community centers for ex-convicts and for kids.

Eliot moved to New York and Mike moved to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. In 2005, Eliot co-created the band Flying and Mike joined soon after. In March 2008, Flying had dissipated. Inspired by jam sessions that took place under Mike's loft bed, Eliot and Mike formed Glass Ghost. They quickly discovered that the music was able to speak even with only two band-members, yet they made it a point to strive for bigger sounds using only keyboards, drums and vocals.

In the summer of 2008, in a brownstone in Fort Greene, Glass Ghost recorded the album now known as Idol Omen with producer Tyler Wood, (Joan as Police Women, Luke Temple, Chester French). Idol Omen, (which features Sheinkopf on some tracks), was released in October of 2009 on Western Vinyl recordings. The song "Like a Diamond" was featured on the final episode of the HBO show Bored To Death. Jason Schwartzman makes out with a girl while the smoke from his joint fills the room; in the background are the sounds of Glass Ghost. In 2009, Glass Ghost toured the country with White Rabbits and played shows with Deerhoof, Dirty Projectors, and Here We Go Magic. Glass Ghost is currently gearing up for a new album.

"The overall tone of the band's debut album, "Idol Omen," is one of gorgeous patience and stepping lightly into this new world that's painted silver and frozen blue, white and light pink, a world that begins and ends with someone before a fire, trying to warm themselves back to an operative state, where they can enjoy the tea that's on the stove, the laughter and fresh air in the distance and the way that it makes you feel to recover from a numbing" - Daytrotter
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002