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Iron & Wine

270 Broadway, Providence, RI   (view map)

Sam Beam, aka Iron & Wine, has embraced a wide range of expression since releasing his debut, The Creek Drank the Cradle, in 2002. It's not exactly the progression from a whisper to a scream, but the hushed early work has been imbued with livelier musical and emotional strains. It's been a natural progression. "I have expanded the palette of what I was writing about," he recently told "I was using what I had at the time. I didn't have a band and was doing music in my spare time." And he's doing it for the right reasons. "You can't be doing it for the business," he said. "You have to do it because you like it. If you like it enough and you do it enough, and you keep working on your craft and your chops, you can make it. That said, I should be more commercial-minded. I should be, but I follow the muse." Beam and his four tourmates will keep it fresh when they get to the Columbus Theatre (270 Broadway, Providence). "I'm not interested in regurgitating the recordings," he told "We switch the songs around, pull the loud ones back to quiet, or the opposite." Get ready to roll with the changes. The Secret Sisters open at 8 pm | $40 advance, $45 day of show |

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