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Andrew Bird

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  • Born: Chicago, IL
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s
  • Website: http://www.andrewbird.net/
  • Recent Activity: 02.09.16 Rehearsing for tonight's sold out #LosAngeles show at @teragramla benefiting the @TheGRAMMYMuseum #areyouserious https://t.co/tvgFTKVZSM
  • Andrew Bird

  • Andrew Bird

  • Andrew Bird

  • Andrew Bird

  • Andrew Bird

  • Andrew Bird

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Chicago singer/songwriter/violinist Andrew Bird updates the traditions of small-group swing, German lieder, and New Orleans jazz, mixing Gypsy, folk, and rock elements into his distinctive style. Bird's projects include his group the Bowl of Fire (which also includes drummer Kevin O'Donnell, bassist Josh Hirsch, and guitarist Colin Bunn) and performing as an auxiliary member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers; in turn, the Zippers' Katharine Whalen and James Mathus appeared on the Bowl of Fire albums Thrills and Oh! The Grandeur. Bird has also recorded with artists like Pinetop Seven and Lil' Ed Williams, teaches music at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and performed on the score and soundtrack from the 1999 Tim Robbins film The Cradle Will Rock.

His third album, 2001's The Swimming Hour, surprisingly found the Bowl of Fire turning to pop music, and with excellent results. As bandmembers remained active in their various other projects, the group continued, and work on a follow-up began in 2002. To tide fans over, Bird self-released a limited-edition EP, Fingerlings, which documented live performances of some old and new songs by the band and solo. Early 2003 brought the release of another LP, Weather Systems, on the independent Grimsey label. Bird debuted on Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe imprint in 2005 with Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs. He switched to Fat Possum for 2007's Armchair Apocrypha and 2009's Noble Beast, both of which were ambitious and eclectic albums even by Bird's standards. The latter of the two was also available in a deluxe version that included a bonus CD of instrumental works. The second disc, dubbed Useless Creatures, was released independently from its predecessor in October of 2010.

The following year, Bird composed the score for Jonathan Segal's independent coming-of-age film Norman. The film's score was released in October on the Mom + Pop label. Bird's highly anticipated sixth studio album, Break It Yourself, arrived in March of 2012, followed by the companion piece Hands of Glory in early October. In late 2013, a seven-song EP titled I Want to See Pulaski at Night appeared. Based around the song "Pulaski at Night," it consisted of a number of shorter supporting pieces and played almost like a classical suite. Several months later, using his newly formed Hands of Glory backing band, he recorded his seventh album, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of..., a collection of cover songs of fellow Chicagoans the Handsome Family. Bird has had a long association with the husband-and-wife folk duo, first covering their song "Don't Be Scared" in 2003 on his Weather Systems LP, a song that he again tackles on this tribute album, which was released in June 2014.

Tour Dates All Dates Dates In My Area

Date Venue Location Tickets
02.27.16 De Doelen Rotterdam, South Holland Netherlands
03.30.16 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN US
03.31.16 Downtown Knoxville Knoxville, TN US
04.02.16 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA US
04.04.16 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA US
04.05.16 9:30 Club Washington, DC US
04.07.16 Kings Theatre Brooklyn, NY US
04.08.16 Terminal 5 New York, NY US
04.09.16 Wang Theatre at Boston Boston, MA US
04.11.16 Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre Montreal, QC Canada

eMusic Features

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Interview: Andrew Bird

By Rachael Maddux, Contributor

Six albums into his career, Andrew Bird has established himself as a man of certain habits - the whistling, the violin, the sock-footed live shows - stuff that'd seem like a heap of geeky gimmicks if they weren't executed so well. Classically trained from an early age, he seems nothing if not a lover of routine and control; even when he's warbling about the end of the world, it's with poise, grace and intelligence. But when… more »

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Interview: Andrew Bird

By Amanda Petrusich, Contributor

Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird works in layers, stacking sounds and rhythms, building lush, heavily-orchestrated pop songs. On Bird's fourth full-length release, Armchair Apocrypha, his classical background (Bird was trained as a violinist) matches wits with his curious eye, and the resulting tracks are rich and delightful, as concerned with melody as they are with mitosis. eMusic: Your tour went green. Can you talk a little bit about your decision to use biodiesel, eat organic food, and recycle? Andrew… more »

Activity

  • 02.09.16 Rehearsing for tonight's sold out #LosAngeles show at @teragramla benefiting the @TheGRAMMYMuseum #areyouserious https://t.co/tvgFTKVZSM
  • 02.08.16 NEW ANDREW BIRD ALBUM #AREYOUSERIOUS - Out April 1st. Preorder now on @AppleMusic & receive "Capsized" immediately. https://t.co/QAZCxMDFbw
  • 02.06.16 Tune in now to hear Andrew and @christhile #PaulSimon & members of @punchbrothers & more on @prairie_home: https://t.co/b3kiK1VehB
  • 02.06.16 TONIGHT Andrew joins @christhile #PaulSimon members of @punchbrothers & more for @prairie_home. Stream @ 5pm cst: https://t.co/sk7h0kvNCN
  • 02.06.16 Last night, Andrew caught up with @TeamCoco to premiere "Capsized" from #AreYouSerious. We've got you covered: https://t.co/kKkcjccTNa
  • 02.05.16 RT @allsongs: Hear a new song by @andrewbird on this week’s +1 podcast! https://t.co/VqmBNcUgJb https://t.co/OkFM9kjWOp
  • 02.05.16 RT @TheCurrent: LIVE on #Periscope: .@andrewbird in The Current studio to talk about his just-announced album & performing on @prai… https:…
  • 02.05.16 Andrew sat with Bob Boilen & @NPR @allsongs to talk about Capsized and #AreYouSerious. Listen to the interview here: https://t.co/imQqdYTrgo
  • 02.05.16 West Coast Tour Update- Pre-sale tickets to the JUST announced West Coast tour are available NOW: https://t.co/UibZVCge5D
  • 02.05.16 Preorder #AreYouSerious now and receive an instant download of "Capsized": https://t.co/ZRYOKynANP
  • 02.05.16 Andrew Bird has a new album and it's called #AreYouSerious out April 1st. Stream "Capsized" now: https://t.co/qgMcu9APVF
  • 02.04.16 Tune in to @TeamCoco TONIGHT for the premiere of a brand new song, "Capsized" on @TBSNetwork 11/10c. We Are Serious. https://t.co/Pw8oI53unW