photos by Louie Abellera

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On Monday (6/6), Iron & Wine, and The Head and the Heart shared the bill at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion as part of Chicago's on-going Downtown Sound series.

Chicago Tribune's Kevin McKeough was in attendance..

"Sam Beam, leader and at one time entirety of Iron & Wine, used to murmur his songs. Monday night at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, he sang them.

Beam didn't give himself much choice. He brought onstage with him an expanded, 10-person version of Iron & Wine whose vast, tumultuously funky performance demanded that he be in full voice just to be heard.

That voice is a gentle, home-y tenor that, like his lulling melodies (and Beam's Smith Brothers beard), is the definition of folksy. Taken together, they could have made Beam the indie generation's answer to James Taylor as he showed with his encore, a gorgeous a capella rendition of "Flightless Bird, American Mouth." Instead, over the course of his ten-year career, he's gradually become the indie Paul Simon, adventurously exploring the possibilities of global genres and rhythms."

Check out more pictures, and Iron & Wine's setlist below...

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Iron & Wine - Jay Pritzker Pavilion 6/6 Setlist:
Rabbit Will Run
God Made the Automobile
Walking Far From Home
Wolves (Song of the Shepherd's Dog)
Summer in Savannah
Boy With a Coin
Big Burned Hand
Lovesong of the Buzzard
Your Fake Name Is Good Enough for Me
Me and Lazarus
My Lady's House
Tree By the River
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Flightless Bird, American Mouth
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