Welcome back to Pioneering, our new video (and event) series. We’re happy that some of you made it out to the shoots, and here we present the next fruits of our labor: Sharon Van Etten paying tribute to Bruce Springsteen. Above you’ll find two videos—the first a sort of documentary-style discussion about the band, their influence, and the particular song that Van Etten chose to cover, “Drive All Night.” The second video is the band’s full performance of the song, recorded live at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey—where Bruce himself cut his teeth. And throughout you’ll find our host, Eef Barzelay, asking questions and hanging out with A.V. Clubbers. New episodes will arrive every Monday until we’re done. Thanks for watching, and please check out the Pioneering social hub for bonus footage and other extras. Sharon Van Etten’s new album, Are We There, will be released May 27, and it’s available for pre-order now at your favorite music retailer.
Pioneering New Jersey: Sharon Van Etten covers "Drive All Night" by Bruce Springsteen
Pioneering Seattle: La Dispute covers Nirvana's "Polly"
Pioneering Los Angeles: White Fence covers Gram Parsons' "Lazy Days"
Pioneering Ann Arbor: Protomartyr cover The Stooges' "Down On The Street"
Pioneering Ann Arbor: Protomartyr pays homage to The Stooges
Pioneering Nashville: Those Darlins Cover Dolly Parton's "Jolene"
Pioneering Nashville: Those Darlins pay homage to Dolly Parton
Pioneering New Jersey: Sharon Van Etten pays homage to Bruce Springsteen
Shakey Graves and Eef Barzelay cover Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To Love"
Pioneering San Francisco: Shakey Graves pays homage to Jefferson Airplane
Pioneering Los Angeles: White Fence pays homage to Gram Parsons
Pioneering Seattle: La Dispute pays tribute to Nirvana