She wears a vintage coat by Jean Paul Gaultier from James Veloria. Sharon Van Etten must surely be the most popular student at Brooklyn College. In the past decade the singer —turned mature sophomore—has released five albums, toured the world with them, and made fans cry with the melancholy of her music. In fact, a large part of the reason Van Etten is back in school is for the sake of her adoring masses: The music she writes prompts such confessional fervor among audiences that, she says, she felt she owed it to them to get some professional training in mental health counseling. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-One Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots. Fashion Issue 18 Kai Avent-deLeon Like her mother and grandmother before her, Kai Avent-deLeon has used grassroots innovation—and a dose of caffeine—to cultivate community in Brooklyn. Arts & Culture Music Issue 20 Bring It on Home: Leon Bridges From bussing tables to playing at the White House in under two years, Leon Bridges has no plans to part ways with his humble beginnings. Arts & Culture Music Issue 21 Variations on Solitude: Glenn Gould Three decades since his death, Canadian pianist Glenn Gould’s inner life endures with as much legend as his recordings. Arts & Culture Music Issue 22 Esperanza Spalding Esperanza Spalding continues to challenge expectations and classifications—particularly her own. Arts & Culture Issue 22 This Woman’s Work In his latest book, The Kate Inside, photographer Guido Harari presents the audacious spirit and restless creativity of iconic singer Kate Bush.