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Friday, September 12, 2014

In Context: Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt & Iron and Wine

Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt, and Iron and Wine come to BAM September 19. Context is everything, so get even closer to the show with this curated selection of articles, interviews, and videos related to the artists. Once you've seen it, help us keep the conversation going by telling us what you thought below.

Read & Listen

Devendra Banhart (Pitchfork)
On when not to ask a woman to marry you and other matters.

“Iron and Wine Haunt 'Ghost on Ghost' With Strings and Horns” (Rolling Stone)
“Parts of it sound like the Hallelujah Chicken Run Band,” says Sam Beam of his latest album.

The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt (The Guardian)
The singer on posing naked, growing a beard, and why Germans don't recognise the sound of a ukulele.


The Nonesuch/BAM Connection (BAM)
BAM and Nonesuch go way back. Bob Hurwitz and David Bither of Nonesuch elaborate.

“Für Hildegard von Bingen,” Devendra Banhart (YouTube)
A nun on the run, in gorgeous black and white.

“Baby,” Devendra Banhart (YouTube)

Project Song: Stephin Merritt (NPR)
The year 1974 and a photo of a man covered in baby dolls were all the singer needed to meet the NPR challenge.

Stephin Merritt on KEXP (KEXP)
Merritt serenades from the men’s room.

Tiny Desk Concert: Iron and Wine (NPR)
Sam Beam squeezes into a small space for this solo concert and NPR exclusive.

Iron & Wine on KEXP (KEXP)
Shades of Nick Drake color the singer-songwriter’s latest.

Now Your Turn . . . 

So how did you enjoy the show? Likes? Dislikes? Surprises? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below.


  1. BOth Devendra amd Stephen have an edge in their compositions and interpretations. Iron and wine did not quite fit and was boring in comparison.

  2. Stephin was definitely the best, he was funny and engaging and his music didn't put me and my boyfriend to sleep. It'd be easier to enjoy the show if half the audience didn't come in late and then repeatedly get up and down throughout the ENTIRE performance.

  3. The majority of the crowd was awful. People kept coming in and out of the performance, and it was the same few groups over and over. Devendra was lovely, Stephin was hilarious, and Sam was incredible. Unfortunately, Sam didn't play for very long, I think because Stephin went overtime. Overall it was an awesome show with several very unfortunate elements that dampened the emotional effect.