Southern folk rocker Iron & Wine played two sold out shows at the Wiltern this week. We were lucky enough to cover Tuesday’s event. I’m not sure when the last time he was in town, but it must have been ages ago, because everyone and their momma came out. Iron & Wine, real name Samuel Beam, layered his show to keep the crowd in suspense. He entered the stage with only a few musicians accompanying him, then about 20 minutes into his set decided to add a full band. It was a great way to add some excitement to a concert where the music was so very chill. His new album, Kiss Each Other Clean (gross or sexy?), dropped the same day, Jan. 25th, but it seems Mr. Beam was in the mood to play some of his older tracks. The crowd didn’t seem to mind what he played as they melted with every Beam guitar strum.
Iron & Wine put on a solid show, but his opener, Miss Laura Marling, was a scene stealer. Her adorably innocent face and equally innocent music, was such a gem to witness live. The only two complaints I have about her set were 1) She performed a stripped down, solo set. Just her and her guitar. And 2) She didn’t play my favorite song “Ghosts”. That’s the best damn song in the world Laura! Make sure you play that track at every show. But her voice and music were great. Definitely watch out for this UK songbird. I see big things for her in the future.
Be sure you click on the pics from the night below, and check out my favorite songs from each artist, below as well. And thanks to Live Nation for throwing another great show.