Friday saw us, yet again, at Webster Hall to check out folk singer and civil war hero Sam Beam (we had to call out the antebellum beard, dude.) As anticipated, it was filled with tears of sadness, joy, and regret as we conjured up repressed memories of past lovers and forgotten friends and all that awesomely melancholy stuff.
By the time they played “Bird Stealing Bread” there wasn't a dry eye in the house, save for the two guys in the front who came to "rock out" - find out who's playing before you come to the next show, dorks.
It wasn't a complete downer, though, especially with the jaw-drop moment of I&W covering Gravy Train's “Hella Nervous,” which is tantamount to Three 6 Mafia doing a Nat King Cole cover. Beam also got all loud and distorty on some of his own songs, like a rump-shacking rendition of “Teeth in the Grass.” Iron closed it all out with a heart-stopping solo performance of “The Trapeze Swinger,” and for the first time in what seemed like forever, no one said a word as they left the venue.