Concert board’s big spring concert: Iron and Wine

Samuel Beam from Iron and Wine. Photo by Craig Kief.
Samuel Beam from Iron and Wine. Photo by Craig Kief.

Fully bearded, singer-songwriter Samuel Beam, a folksy/rock/indie singer known as Iron and Wine is coming to Anchorage. UAA Concert Board is sponsoring this concert.

Iron and Wine’s music has a slow, soft-spoken sound that folk and indie fans will likely appreciate. The lyrics are creative and original being that they aren’t exactly what you would expect or understand.

Journalism major Sean Carpenter said his favorite song by Iron and Wine is “Boy with a Coin,” but he doesn’t really know what the song is about.

“It’s kind of like one of those songs by Bon Iver, where you don’t always know what they are saying, but it’s just really pretty,” Carpenter said.

While Iron and Wine’s music may not be for upbeat dancing, it is very easy listening. Some of his songs can draw out his singing for too long, where he isn’t really singing words, but just carrying out the note.

Justice major Christina Cyphers describes Iron and Wine’s music as “different” and “hipster, but I like it.”

She was turned on to the band by a friend who gave her a mix CD with the song “Boy with a Coin.” The song has since become her favorite song of Iron and Wine.

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“I haven’t heard a lot of it, but what I have heard I like,” Cyphers said.

Iron and Wine first released an album in 2002 entitled “The Creek Drank the Cradle,” of which Beam did all in his own home studio. His subsequent albums since, “Our Endless Numbered Days” (2004), “The Shepherd’s Dog” (2007), “Kiss Each Other Clean” (2011) and “Ghost on Ghost” (2013), were all recorded professionally.

Paste magazine voted “The Shepherd’s Dog” one of the 10 best albums of 2007.

Many of his albums have made it on the Billboard top 200 charts including “The Shepard’s Dog” peaking at 24, “Kiss Each Other Clean,” which peaked at no. 2 and “Ghost on Ghost” which peaked at 26.

His songs have even been featured in many popular television shows and movies including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The L Word,” “House M.D.” and “Twilight.”


Iron and Wine will be performing at 7:30 p.m. March 28 at the Egan Center. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door for UAA students. For general public advanced tickets are $35 and $40 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at, but student-priced ticket are only available at the Student Union Information Desk. Students may only purchase two tickets.