Unfortunately, I arrived a little late, so I missed Arthur & Yu’s set (luckily, I should be able to see them Tuesday night though), but I did catch the full set by his beardness himself, Mr. Sam Beam, otherwise known as Iron and Wine. There were a lot of new songs and I gotta admit, I don’t love the new album as much as his older material, so maybe I’m starting this review with a bit of a chip on my shoulder. While I did enjoy the show, I can’t really say that I flat out loved it for a few reasons. First off, there was very little between song stage banter, which is more or less fine for a place like Town Hall, but I thought he could have engaged us just a little bit more — maybe a few anecdotes about the new songs or something like that. Also, he is not the most charismatic stage performer, and given his music, I wasn’t exactly expecting David Lee Roth like antics, but frankly, there was just a little too much ass to the audience jamming for my liking. Finally, while I can’t begrudge him for playing a lot of the new record, I would have liked a few more “hits” for lack of a better word. Sodom, South Georgia, Jezebel, Boy With A Coin, The Sea & The Rhythm were the most recognizable songs of the evening for me (granted it’s been a while since I listened to The Creek Drank The Cradle, but everything else went by like a bit of a blur). On the plus side, the sound was great and the band was great too. The Town Hall is still certainly one of the best and most intimate theatres in town.