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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Not that many people released music videos in the first week of the year, though I can’t quite figure out why. The world is back at work, it’s cold outside, and we need flashy images to occupy our eyeballs this time of year. Do your job, makers of music videos! A few intrepid souls did,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 6, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Iron & Wine – “Godless Brother In Love” Video

Iron & Wine’s Kiss Each Other Clean is nearly a year old now, but it’s still giving. In the new video for the Kiss track “Godless Brother In Love,” attractive young people hang out at backyard parties and swimming holes, and it’s all captured in slow-motion golden-hour rapture by director Claire Marie Vogel. It’s the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 3, 2012 - 11:50 am

Watch Iron & Wine On The Tonight Show

Last night, Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam brought his voluminous beard and his expansive backing band to the stage of The Tonight Show to perform “Flightless Bird, American Mouth (Wedding Version),” his contribution to the new Twilight movie soundtrack. Weirdly enough, it’s actually Beam’s second time doing a version of that song for Jay Leno… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 1, 2011 - 5:14 pm

Check Out Record Store Day’s Black Friday Release List

One day a year just isn’t enough for the people behind Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent vinyl retailers. So for the second year running, the Record Store Day people have organized another day where all sorts of exclusives will be available at indie record stores, and it’ll once again go down o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 21, 2011 - 11:07 am

Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean Premature Evaluation

In an interview about the fourth Iron & Wine studio album, Kiss Each Other Clean, Sam Beam told SPIN he’d planned to make his major label debut, “more of a focused pop record.” To his ears Kiss “sounds like the music people heard in their parent’s car growing up… that early-to-mid-’70s FM, radio-friendly music.” That,… More »

By: Stereogum / January 19, 2011 - 1:37 pm

Watch Iron & Wine Perform Kiss Each Other Clean

Iron & Wine visited The Greene Space to perform all of Kiss Each Other Clean, in order, for the NPR Music First Listen series. Sam Beam is backed by a full band for this hour-plus concert, which is available to watch as a streaming video courtesy of WNYC. Before they launch into opener “Tree ByMore »

By: jessica / January 6, 2011 - 3:07 pm

Iron & Wine – “Tree By The River”

The anticipated next album from Iron & Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean, is out in January. Sam Beam and co. released “Walking Far From Home” as a Record Store Day Black Friday single. Here’s another wistful one from the album. The nostalgic feel of the track is backed by a music box lullaby and some… More »

By: jessica / December 16, 2010 - 5:22 pm

Iron & Wine – “Walking Far From Home” & “Biting Your Tail”

This new Iron & Wine single, “Walking Far From Home,” was released this past week as a limited-edition Record Store Day Black Friday single. (The song also appears on Sam Beam & Co.’s antcipated fourth full-length Kiss Each Other Clean, the first for new US label Warner Bros.) For the Black Friday 12″, “Walking”‘s backed… More »

By: brandon / November 29, 2010 - 9:54 am

End Of The Road Festival 2010 In Photos

This past weekend Larmer Tree Gardens, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, hosted the fifth annual End Of The Road Festival. This year’s lineup continued the festival’s peripheral deviation from its folk, Americana, and alt-country roots, featuring Yo La Tengo, Black Mountain, Caribou, Iron & Wine, the Antlers, Wilco, Modest Mouse, Wolf Parade, The New Pornographers, Cymbals Eat… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 13, 2010 - 4:19 pm

Wilco, BSS, Sun Kil Moon To Play 2010 Olympics

Canada’s known for indie rock, so makes sense you’ll find plenty of homegrown talent (BSS, Stars) and international musicians (Wilco, Iron & Wine, Joan As Policewoman) near the slopes at Vancouver’s Winter Olympics. More names at CoS. More »

By: brandon / October 13, 2009 - 4:15 pm

Pygmalion 2009 In Photos

Some 90 acts descended upon Champaign-Urbana, IL this past weekend, performing across 14 venues and four days for the fifth annual Pygmalion Music Festival. We sent photographer John Gitchoff to circle the fest, and he delivers this spread including shots of Low, Iron & Wine, the Antlers, and the Zach Hill-ified Wavves. Enjoy. sounds of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 22, 2009 - 3:37 pm

ATP NY 2009: Wayne’s World

Our second year at Kutsher’s was rainier than the first, but that didn’t matter so much to us or, seemingly, the other attendees: If anything, this year felt more celebratory (and debauched) than 2008. You wouldn’t be faulted for noting a certain hippie vibe. Visually, there were the tie-dyed shirts and hoodies (purchased at the… More »

By: brandon / September 14, 2009 - 10:42 am

Iron & Wine Perform A New Song (And A New Order Song) For Jimmy Fallon

Iron & Wine’s Around The Well collection came out yesterday, but instead of playing something from it on Fallon, Sam Beam, his sister Sarah, and pianist did a new track, “Godless Brother In Love.” It has the same sort of pathos as the recently unearthed “Homeward These Shoes,” but instead of disappearing after a minute,… More »

By: brandon / May 20, 2009 - 12:08 pm

The Soft Bulletin Turns 10

Though they’re clearly still going strong, ten years ago yesterday Oklahoma’s favorite sons released their ninth and generally speaking most beloved album The Soft Bulletin. It was the Flaming Lips’ moody, poppy, deeply atmospheric followup to 1997’s quadruple turntable adventure Zaireeka and it was followed by another critical and commercial success, 2002’s Yoshimi Battles TheMore »

By: brandon / May 18, 2009 - 3:04 pm

Iron & Wine, Boss Hog, Boredoms Added to ATP NY

The Flaming Lips-curated ATP NY line-up gets some additions today, including sexy old timers Boss Hog, along with Boredoms performing Boredrum 2009, two different “Deer” bands, and No Age doing a complete Hüsker Dü LP with a guest vocalist (wonder who that is?). Updates at ATP. More »

By: brandon / May 1, 2009 - 2:14 pm

New Iron & Wine – “Homeward These Shoes” (Stereogum Premiere)

Iron & Wine’s Around The Well is a double CD (and triple LP) compilation of rarities, etc., due out next month. It spans the earliest recordings from The Creek Drank the Cradle’s era up to The Shepherd’s Dog. The first disc is made up of unedited, quiet solo home recordings; the second disc features studio… More »

By: brandon / April 28, 2009 - 10:26 am

Iron & Wine Offers Jay Leno His “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”

Last January we saw Sam Beam perform “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by his lonesome. A year later, he’s reprising The Shepherd’s Dog closer on Leno with band in tow. If you haven’t seen Twilight it might seem strange that he’s making the Late Night rounds for an album that came out in the Fall of… More »

By: brandon / January 6, 2009 - 10:11 am

SP20 Happened This Weekend

We’ve been telling you about Sub Pop’s 20th Anniversary and attendant celebration party for a while now. This past weekend SP20 up and happened, and modern Sub Poppers like Iron & Wine, Constantines, and Fleet Foxes graced the stage along with more historical acts like the Vaselines, Seaweed and the Fluid (and Mudhoney playing old… More »

By: brandon / July 14, 2008 - 1:52 pm

SP20: Sub Pop’s 20th Anniversary Benefit Festival Partial Lineup Announced

We mentioned Sub Pop’s 20th Anniversary a ways back — well, it’s officially time to party (especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest). The rumors have been circling the web, and now we have official details about SP20, a two-day benefit festival at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA (7/12 & 7/13). There’s also the… More »

By: brandon / April 15, 2008 - 3:36 pm

Bonnaroo 2008 Lineup: Metallica And Pearl Jam, But No Led Zeppelin

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After hints and clues, Bonnaroo’s 2008 lineup’s been announced. They’ve confirmed Lez Zeppelin, but not Led Zeppelin. Though Robert Plant will show up to shuffle along with Alison Krauss. In their seventh year, Bonnaroo’s also bringing the aging thrash of Metallica (along with the younger crush of Mastodon) and the… More »

By: brandon / February 5, 2008 - 7:59 pm