When everyone else was dancing to a disco beat or banging their heads to hair metal, Bela Fleck was bent over his banjo, coaxing a kaleidoscope of colors from its strings. The show is Saturday in Cedar Falls.
Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten is arguably the most essential new songwriter in recent years. Her hushed debut, Because I Was In Love, was remarkable for its tense restraint and sharp lyrics while her follow-up Epic was one of 2010’s best; it was an album that veered between intense anthems and ethereal, almost ambient reflections. The performance is Friday in Iowa City.