The War on Drugs

Watch: The War on Drugs on Letterman The War on Drugs brought a smooth performance of "Red Eyes" to Letterman on Monday. The Secretly Canadian stalwarts are in full support of their latest LP, “Lost in the Dream,” which is being showered by critical praise and radio play on Triple A formats across the country.

Live review: Mission Creek festival featuring the Antlers, Seun Kuti, Justin Townes Earle, Sharon Van Etten, more

If good music is lyrical, and successful writing is rhythmic, then the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City is one happy marriage. The Creative Writing program at the University of Iowa and its famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop have earned Iowa City the tag of “The City of Literature.” Mission Creek’s afternoon and early evening readings included renowned authors and former U.S.

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.