"Raw, muted, refreshingly weird"
Pitchfork called Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles" "the pop song that launched a generation of piano lessons." But Vanessa has released four albums since that song came out in 2002, each one revealing more of herself as a songwriter. Her latest, "Liberman," Pitchfork went on to call "raw, muted, refreshingly weird … a record that could share headspaces with Perfume Genius or Angel Olsen." Vanessa has come to value more and more her interactions with audiences in intimate spaces—like The Ark! "A performance is not just about the performer at all; it’s about the connection between the audience and the artist. You’re at your most vulnerable on stage, and you’re singing songs that are an expression of yourself. That’s when a performance works." It's been a long road to self-expression for Vanessa, who remarks that "Martin Scorsese said sometimes your greatest challenge is not your failure but your success,” Carlton says. “In a way I was able to persevere after having a success out of the gate and figure out a path that feels really pure to me. But I had to create this environment where I felt comfortable changing." Songwriter and Chicago-to-Nashville transplant Tristen opens.