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Live review: Sharon Van Etten, the War on Drugs @ the Bluebird Theater

Sharon Van Etten has made palpable strides in the past few years to be, for lack of a better term, more optimistic. Her early recordings are about as forlorn as they come; by comparison, there is much satisfaction and even joy to be heard on her recent effort, “Tramp.” If the point needed clarification, Van Etten and her backing band rolled out her quintessential heartbreaker, “Save Yourself,” but played it upbeat at the Bluebird Theater on Wednesday.