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Andrew Bird Announces New Album

Songwriter and violinist Andrew Bird announced a new album, Echolocations: River, to be released October 6.The eight-track LP follows Echolocations: Canyon, released in 2015, making it the second release in a series of instrumental albums where Bird writes and records music in a specific outdoor setting.For Echolocations: River, Bird literally stood in the Los Angeles...

Andrew Bird Leads Power Lineup At Ravinia

Words & Photos: Zach Stone | Videos: the1stMikeCOn a beautiful Sunday night, in a park-like setting, Andrew Bird capped an evening of music that brought together a diverse lineup that demonstrated how just how powerful diversity could be in any of its forms.Bird started his set all by himself, but...

Ravinia's 2017 Lineup, Ranked

Ravinia Festival released its schedule of shows for 2017 yesterday.  Along with its perennial classical programming, there's once again some more popular forms to supplement the symphony.  True, they tend to book acts that are past their sell-by date, but there's still some fun-in-the-park experience for a BYOB venue with a flat...

Review / Audio | The Lumineers @ Allstate Arena 1/20/17

By: Alex Wood | Photo: @exhuastedwriterDespite only having two albums to date, The Lumineers have had an undeniable influence on todays indie scene, gaining a massive following through the infectious simplicity of their folk-rock songwriting.Their popularity was especially visible at their recent concert at Rosemonts Allstate Arena, where the band played to an ecstatic crowd...

Ticket Giveaway | Andrew Bird & Ryley Walker at The Canopy Club 1/30/17

Two of our favorite artists, Andrew Bird and Ryley Walker, get together for a special double bill at The Canopy Club in Champaign, IL on Monday, January 30th, 2017.Tickets are $31 in advance, but we are happy to offer some of our readers a crack at a free pair.Enter to win by...

Review / Setlist / Video | Andrew Bird @ Fourth Presbyterian Church 12/15/16

By: Alex Wood | Video: the1stMikeC | Photo: @jamesrichardsivAndrew Birds Gezelligheid performances at Fourth Presbyterian Church are a tradition of sorts in Chicago, ringing in the holiday season with a solo performance from the violinist as gorgeous as the intimate setting itself.Having attended at least one of Birds church dates nearly every year...

Review & Photos | Andrew Bird @ Pritzker Pavilion 9/7/16

Words: Alex Wood | Photos: Heidi PetersAndrew Birds performance at Pritzker Pavilion was one of the best shows in Chicago this summer.Its a bold statement, but hear me out.I saw countless shows in the last four months. From big names like Phish, LCD Soundsystem, Pearl Jam and Wilco to small, equally impressive performances...

Album Reviews | April 2016 Releases

Andrew Bird- Are You Serious [4/1]After a series of folk releases and experimental instrumentals, Are You Serious finds Andrew Bird going back to his older sound, but with a flare of accessibility that never existed prior. With a heavy emphasis on a percussion section of drums and bass within the production, the album strikes as...

Watch Andrew Bird And Fiona Apple Perform On Ellen

Andrew Bird recently performed on Ellen in support of his upcoming record Are You Serious. Fiona Apple joined the Chicago violinist for a stunning rendition of Left Handed Kisses.The duet, which also features Apple on the studio cut, is an insanely clever track, written about Birds inability to write a simple love song. The...

Andrew Bird Announces New Album, Shares "Capsized"

Andrew Bird has announced Are You Serious, a new full-length record out April 1. The album will be the first proper studio release of original material since 2012, following the Handsome Family covers record Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of, and the experimental Echolocations: Canyon.In an unusual move for Bird, the record will feature guest...