Sharon Van Etten's success has been slowly building over the years, and the promise suggested by her raw early work has finally been realized on her triumphant new record, Tramp. The new collection finds Van Etten once again exploring the heartbreaking highs and lows of relationships, but her voice and songwriting contain a well-earned wisdom and mature poise that authentically informs these stirring songs. Even with contributions from such indie heavyweights as Aaron Dessner (the National), Zach Condon (Beirut), and Matt Barrick (the Walkmen), Van Etten's indomitable spirit consistently shines through on one of the definite standout albums of 2012. And while she frequently injects humor into her concerts to deflect from the raw intensity of her material, Van Etten's still blossoming live show is full of stunning, deeply affecting songs that prove hard to shake. With Tennis. 18+.
Sat., Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m., 2012