Iron and Wine's Sam Beam introduced new music to a rapt audience packed into Hollywood's Sayers Club in a KCRW-sponsored evening that included a set from Glen Hansard, a few duets and a lot of laughs.
Howard Greynolds, who manages both artists, tossed a coin to decide who would play first; Beam got the honors. KCRW, the Santa Monica-based public radio station, had kept the show under wraps and broke with tradition by not recording it for late broadcast.
Both musicians took the freewheeling nature of the evening to heart, diving into the music with no set lists and often honoring requests from the audience. Beam, naturally, wanted to expose his new material, even responding to one request that he could not fulfill by saying "there's a misconception that we sit around practicing all the time. I tend to spend my time writing."