Brooklyn singer-songwriter Van Etten offers a pleasingly painful intimacy on her new Are We There (Jagjaguwar). Delivered with a confidence of vision that she strongly hinted at on her well-received 2012 album, Tramp, these are the songs of a young woman alone, fending for herself on a planet she finds curiously indifferent to the hopes and fears she and we all have to face. Van Etten hasn't quite “found” herself on Are We There, and that's kind of the point; she asks a lot of questions, offers no clear answers, but forges on ahead, urging us all on, too.

Sat., June 28, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 06/28/14)

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