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Just Announced: Iron & Wine will headline The Keswick Theatre this fall

Iron and Wine | photo by Josh Wool | via facebook.com/ironandwine

Iron & Wine, the long-running project of singer/songwriter Sam Beam, has just announced an extensive fall tour that will bring them our way this fall, with a stop at the Keswick Theatre on November 8. Last year, Iron & Wine released Beast Epic, which saw the band return to its earlier, folkier sound. Continue reading →

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Iron & Wine Announces New Album and Releases Lead Single

Photo by Kate McCann

With a name like Beast Epic, Iron & Wine’s just-announced album set to be released August 25th promises to be some type of amazing. It has been four years since Sam Beam’s last record solely as Iron & Wine, Ghost on Ghost, but he has released a number of live recordings and collaborations such as last year’s project Love Letters for Fire with Jesca Hoop.

In conjunction with the album announcement came its lead single “Call It Dreaming,” an appropriately dreamy and quietly moving track with a “we’re in this together” premise. Beam also released an accompanying music video in which he can be seen strumming his guitar and riding around in the back of a pick-up with no driver, picking up different people in need along the way. Continue reading →

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Ross Bellenoit puts his spin on “Innocent Bones” by Iron & Wine for Future Corpses

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Ross Bellenoit | photo by Brett Wilshe

We’re just three months into 2017 and already Ross Bellenoit has reimagined classic songs by Eric Clapton, Genesis, and now Iron & Wine. The recordings are part of a year-long project he’s calling Future Corpses, releasing a series of genre-melding covers month by month on his Bandcamp. This time around the local singer/songwriter takes the hushed, organic original cut of “Innocent Bones” that appeared on Sam Beam’s 2007 The Shepherd’s Dog LP and spins it into electrified euphoria.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell at Union Transfer, Delicate Steve at Underground Arts, Milky Chance at The Mann

Ben Bridwell, Iron & Wine | Photo via Facebook.com/ironandwine
Ben Bridwell, Iron & Wine | Photo via Facebook.com/ironandwine

This year, Sam Beam of long running indie folk project Iron & Wine got together with Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses to produce Sing Into My Mouth, a record of covers from Talking Heads’ “Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place)” to Pete Seeger’s “Coyote, My Little Brother.” Tonight, they headline Union Transfer; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Awesome Collab Alert: Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell come together for Sing Into My Mouth

Ben Bridwell, Iron & Wine | Photo via Facebook.com/ironandwine
Ben Bridwell, Iron & Wine | Photo via Facebook.com/ironandwine

Longtime friends Sam Beam (otherwise known as Iron & Wine) and Band of Horses‘ Ben Bridwell have come together for their first collaborative album.

Sing Into My Mouth, which is scheduled for release on July 17, will hold 12 tracks that have influenced both men as musicians, such as  “No Way Out of Here,” originally recorded by Unicorn, and eventually released David Gilmour of Pink Floyd’s solo debut. The duo performed this track on last night’s Late Show with David Letterman. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: XPN Welcomes Iron & Wine to Union Transfer on 5/15

Photo by Craig Kief
With a new album called Ghost on Ghost due out this spring, Iron & Wine is heading out on tour, stopping in Philadelphia on May 15th to perform at Union Transfer. Tickets for the all ages show are on sale this Friday, February 22, at noon. Ghost on Ghost will be Iron & Wine’s first release for notable Americana label Nonesuch Records; the album was produced by Brian Deck, who also worked with Modest Mouse, and it will be available on April 16. Iron & Wine singer and songwriter Sam Beam stopped by KUT in Austin to perform two new acoustic songs from the album. Watch a video of “Caught in the Briars” below, and listen to “The Waves of Galveston” here.

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Iron & Wine delivers unapologetically beautiful performance for The Keswick Theater

Iron and Wine | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddinger.com

Sam Beam is one of those rare talents who sounds better live than recorded, and whose songs have the ability to move a theater full of people to tears. Known professionally as Iron & Wine, Beam’s music has been a staple in folk, indie, and singer-songwriter for over 15 years. His shows go on your bucket list. His use of imaginative, cryptic, and personal lyrics coupled with intricate fingerpicking and meaningful percussion makes his sound immediately recognizable. His modest and gentle demeanor onstage add to the unsuspecting wealth of talent beneath the surface.

Coming off the release of 2018’s Weed Garden, I expected this tour to be a celebration of a new chapter in his discography. Instead, Beam handpicked his favorite songs off of nearly all of his albums. It was just a celebration of Iron & Wine, and seeing as this was my first time at one of his concerts, it was perfect. Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview w/ Iron & Wine, Alvvays, & more!

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Monday nights mean new music discovery on WXPN, and tonight we get back in the studio to share some great recent finds.  The show starts at 8pm and on the menu we’ve got new albums from Lindsay Buckingham and Christine McVie, plus Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Gov’t Mule.  Also, the band Deer Tick are set to release TWO new albums, we’ll hear a new song from each of them.  The Philly music scene keeps cooking, we’ll play you new Waxahatchee, The Districts, and Son Little.  Plus, check out a few more new tunes we’ll spin this evening.

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