KEXP Live in Austin during SXSW, Day 3: Andrew Bird

photos by Jim Bennett

It appears Chicago’s whistle-happy troubadour can do no wrong. With each new album, Andrew Bird‘s sales grow as do tour venues. His latest album, Noble Beast, is at once his most abstract and accessible work to date. Lyrically, Bird utters some of the bigger mind benders in modern music atop some of the most beautiful, primarily violin-led rhythms. For this, his second release on Fat Possum, he is backed by longtime tour mate and drumming phenom Martin Dosh, who utilizes similar looping techniques as Bird, and guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker, who came on board for the Armchair Apocrypha tour. The band has recently been doing the late night circuit, promoting the album and showing off what has become one of the best, most consistent live acts going. Whether in front of a packed, seated auditorium or an outdoor amphitheater, Bird and co. bring the house down, leaving fans’ jaws dropped and critics raving.

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