Sam Beam, better known by the stage name Iron & Wine, is a folk artist whose music has been a constant in the indie folk scene for over a decade. Beam's music is known for the simple, hushed quality that is present in every aspect of his sound — from the tender vocals, the sparse orchestrations, to the gentle, often arpeggiated guitar patterns. With the onset of his album "Kiss Each Other Clean" in 2010, Beam delved into a bigger, livelier sound, complete with a clear reexamination of all the musical aspects that have made him a noteworthy artist. On the recently released "Ghost on Ghost," his sound only furthers that daring reexamination.
Iron & Wine performs Friday, October 18, 9 p.m. at University of Rochester's Strong Auditorium, River Campus, 500 Wilson Boulevard. $13-$20. urochestertickets.com.