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 Music Issue 44 Sigrid Scandipop's fresh face on stagecraft and The Sims. Music Issue 43 Brendan Yates The Turnstile frontman on hardcore's sweet side. Music Issue 43 Cat Power Musician Chan Marshall opens the door to a different dimension. Music Issue 42 Dev Hynes The boundless potential of being a master of none. Arts & Culture Films Music Issue 42 Peer Review Iranian artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat pays homage to the iconic Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum. Music Issue 41 Jon Batiste The band leader on his genre-busting year.