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Iron and Wine and Ben Bridwell showcase musical friendship at Union Transfer

Iron and Wine and Ben Bridwell | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com
Iron and Wine and Ben Bridwell | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com

While walking east towards Union Transfer on Tuesday night, loud rain could be heard in the immediate distance. This was odd because no rain was falling where I was. Then, like out of a movie, I walked into a rainstorm. It was this otherworldly experience that ushered in a night of music with Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell.

Playing behind Sing Into My Mouth, a covers album they recently released, Sam Beam (aka Iron and Wine) and Bridwell (frontman of Band of Horses) showcased their musical friendship to a sold out crowd. Trading lead vocal duties and often singing in harmony, these old friends give their own folksy rock take to a number of varying tunes. Standout moments included Sade’s “Bulletproof Soul,” the unexpected Americana turn of Spiritualized with “The Straight and Narrow” and a rousing version of David Gilmour’s “There’s No Way Out of Here.” Continue reading →

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Dressed to impress, Iron and Wine charmed a sold-out Union Transfer crowd (photos, review, setlist)

All photos by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

It was quite the elegant affair at Union Transfer last night, and everyone and their mother was there (literally). Folksinger Sam Beam took the stage in a suit with slicked-back hair, followed by his band of 13 (yes, 13) who were all dressed to the nines. Backup singers in long black dresses, the horn section in dapper jackets – everyone looked ready to impress. Over the course of the 100 minute set, Iron & Wine played selections from more than 10 years of music to a very eager, if fickle, sold-out crowd.

Starting the show on an upbeat note, Iron & Wine’s horn section do-wopped and sashayed through the “The Desert Babbler” from April’s release, Ghost On Ghost. While older fans of Iron & Wine have brushed off the band’s more recent releases in favor of the beautiful melancholy that is Sam Beam’s solo work, it could not be denied that the group onstage was having a great time. The crowd, however, was reluctant to warm up until a few songs in. Continue reading →

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This Week’s Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see Iron And Wine at Electric Factory on April 21st

This week, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away for Iron And Wine‘s performance with The Low Anthem at 8:30 p.m. at Electric Factory on Thursday, April 21st. For a chance to win the tickets, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 13th. We’ll select the winners at random that evening and notify them via email; once you’ve confirmed that you and your guest will be attending the show, your names will be added to the venue’s guest list. (Just, you know, make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)

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Get ready for Calexico and Iron & Wine’s Union Transfer show by watching their Tiny Desk Concert

Calexico and Iron & Wine | still from video

Everyone loves a good Tiny Desk Concert. Iron & Wine frontman, Sam Beam, seems to love performing behind the desk more than he loves watching the series. Beam has played the iconic venue (can a desk be a venue? We think so…) once as Iron & Wine and another alongside Jesca Hoop. For Beam’s third appearance, he is joined by Joey Burns and John Convertino, otherwise known as Calexico. Iron & Wine and Calexico just released their second collaborative album, Years to Burn, in June. The folk-rock supergroup’s Tiny Desk Concert offers fans a glimpse into what they can expect from their September 20th show at Union Transfer.

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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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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 →