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Andrew Bird Season 35 by Diana Sudyka

Multi-instrumentalist and singer/song­writer Andrew Bird has captured au­diences around the world with his unique style. Through amazing vocals, whistling, violin, guitar and glockenspiel, this Chica­go-born musician seems to have brought about a new phase of folk and indie rock.

Bird began studying the violin at age four and launched his professional music ca­reer in 1996, after graduating from North­western University with a degree in violin performance. That same year he released his first solo album, Music of Hair. Since then Bird has worked in two bands, the Squirrel Nut Zippers and his own Bowl of Fire, played in countless album col­laborations, and produced eight albums.

Bird’s 2007 album Armchair Apocrypha received national acclaim and put him at the top of many “best of” lists that year. Paste wrote on Armchair Apocrypha Bird is “simultaneously at his most clever and most luminous.” Bird has developed a finesse for off-kilter pop that takes mortality, confusion, and unexpected realizations as its subject,” wrote The Onion AV Club.

His most recent album Noble Beast, released in January, has been a hit among critics and fans alike. The Austin Chronicle said, “With Noble Beast, Bird proves that he’s a whistling Renais­sance man for modern times.” Alternative Press said, “It’s less mopey than Bright Eyes, less pompous than Sufjan Stevens and better than almost everything else.”

“Bird could be the only performer who’s lit up both Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo with a combination of vocals, violin, guitar, glockenspiel and whistling … he uses cen­turies-old instrumentation to give depth and soul to folk rock” wrote Esquire.

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