When cataloging music, artist names can be challenging for catalogers and public services staff. To increase access, keep in mind that the 511 field is keyword indexed by author. Whatever information is entered in the 511 performer note will enhance keyword search-ability to the catalog. Don’t go overboard on this, but anytime you think someone might search for a name instead of, or in addition to a musical group or a stage name, it may help to clarify in parentheses in the 511 performer note to bring more items together in a search.
Example: 511 0 $a Performed by the Eagles (Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit).
When you have a situation like Sam Beam, who is famously known as the musician, Iron & Wine, it helps to add a 500 note to clarify, as in the case of his newest work with Jesca Hoop.
Example: 511 0 $a Performed by Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) and Jesca Hoop.
To explain why the authorized access point is different than what is on the container or disc label, add a note,
500 $a The musician, Iron & Wine, is also known as Sam Beam.
Remember, take what you see, but use the authorized access point for the performer, and add 500 notes for clarification.
Catalog responsibly, my friends.