Sam Beam didn't need to be bolder. As the lone voice behind the Iron & Wine moniker, Beam made his name on beauty and restraint, whispering his way to critical acclaim (and, um, a candy commercial). But he's proved restless, and even if his growth as an artist has been deliberately plotted, over the past few years he's stepped away from the simplicity of his breakthrough work to move toward a sturdier, more muscular sound. The studio has become Beam's tool rather than just a space to record in, and his ambition could similarly transform the stage in a live setting. With the Head and the... More >>>