Pop Quiz: Sharon Van Etten


Aidin Vaziri | Sharon Van Etten hasn’t had much luck in the relationship department, which is bad for her but fantastic for us. The 33-year-old Brooklyn singer-songwriter just released her fourth and best album, “Are We There,” detailing romantic turmoil in a set of slow-burning songs laden with harmonies and wit. Van Etten, who in the past has collaborated with the likes of Nick Cave and Rufus Wainwright, performs next Sunday and June 30 at the Independent. We spoke with her by phone from New York.

Q: You’re on tour right now. Is it fun reliving all the traumatic episodes in your life every night?

A: It’s like going to therapy every day, except I can drink. I think my therapist wouldn’t like it if I showed up with a glass of red wine.

Q: Have you ever been in therapy?

A: Oh, yeah, all the time.

Q: After doing so many interviews, is there a point you regret being so personal in your songs?

A: I know. It’s like, when am I going to write a song I’m excited to talk about? I know what I write about. Anyone that listens to my music knows what I write about. My friends know what I write about. Especially if you date me, you know what I’m going to write about. I never lie about who I am and what I do. I made my own bed and I’ll lie in it.

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