words & photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Iron & Wine

When Iron & Wine announced a NYC tour stop at Terminal 5, I was up in arms (I wasn't the only one). Just a year after playing the acoustically gorgeous Town Hall, their decision to play at T5 seemed pretty foolish. But Sam Beam has a certain way of wooing crowds, and he made Monday night (11/17) just as memorable as any show I've seen there. The sold-out crowd was completely silent as he worked (first acoustically, then with a band) through his repertoire, including a few new tracks and a 10 minute jam on "Woman King". As unfortunate as the venue was, Mr. Beam made the most out of the show. (but if you're reading this Sam, please play Town Hall again next time.)

Their Sub Pop labelmates Blitzen Trapper opened the evening. They were a more upbeat than I expected, but added a nice balance to the mellowness later on. More pictures below...

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