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01 Nov
2012

The video for the track “Three White Horses” from Andrew Bird’s Hands of Glory (out now on Mom + Pop Music) has premiered on VEVO and can now be streamed at http://youtu.be/3yzNN3Zukl8. Bird celebrated the new record’s launch with an acoustic “old-time” performance of “If I Needed You” on “The Late Show with David Letterman” featuring special guest Tift Merritt and bassist Alan Hampton. The performance took place in an empty Ed Sullivan Theater due to Hurricane Sandy and can be seen here.

A companion piece to the critically acclaimed full-length record Break It Yourself, the new record is the product of a pair of recording sessions prompted by the overwhelming response to Bird’s “old-time” sets on recent tours. Reinterpreting songs from Break It Yourself and featuring covers of classic country tunes, these “old-time” performances find Bird and his full band playing to a single microphone with an entirely acoustic setup. Drawing inspiration from these sets, Hands of Glory features two brand new original tracks, a new interpretation of “Orpheo Looks Back” from Break It Yourself and covers of Van Zandt, the Handsome Family, Alpha Consumer and others.

“The past three summers now we’ve had these band get-togethers at my barn in western Illinois,” Bird recalls. “They begin with little more pretense than to capture the way we make music together. After a few days sleeping, eating and jamming under one roof we get increasingly inspired and ambitious about what we’re doing.” Of recording the new record, he notes that, “Hands of Glory begins with two songs we actually recorded in a church in Louisville on a day off on our July tour. The rest was recorded around a single microphone at the barn in August. We ended up putting the drums on the back porch. I hated to exile Martin like that but it just sounded better. ‘Something Biblical’ I started writing in July well into the severe drought that hit the Midwest this summer. I kept having dreams of a great flood. Nothing biblical—just a local deluge. The day we left the barn it rained pretty hard.”

Bird has added more intimate solo “Gezelligheid” performances this winter, bringing them to Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church December 19-21 and, for the first time, New York’s Riverside Church December 10-11. Appropriating a Dutch term that loosely translated means “cozy,” the performances concentrate mainly on instrumental violin pieces amplified only by Bird’s signature giant Victrola horns. Bird notes, “What I hope to do with these shows is adapt my music completely to the atmosphere of the space and the season. I want the audience to be both lifted and comforted as we head into another cold and dark winter. I feel the space should be sacred so the audience can experience my music in a different atmosphere.” Bird will also be performing with his full band at Minneapolis’ State Theater December 17; See below for a list of dates.

In addition to the North American dates, Bird will be collaborating with Songkick and their new crowdsourcing platform Detour to launch the first fan-funded tour of Latin America February 17-28. Fans in 12 cities across nine countries will be given the power to decide which cities he performs in as well as aid in funding the concerts. For additional information go to http://detour.songkick.com/andrewbird.

Produced by Bird, Break It Yourself was recorded at his barn in Western Illinois near the banks of the Mississippi River. Paired with the album’s deluxe CD package is the DVD Here’s What Happened. The thirty-minute performance film was shot at Bird’s barn during the recording of the album and captures the energy of the room in which the new release was conceived. Footage from Here’s What Happened of Bird performing the track “Eyeoneye” can be viewed at http://bit.ly/GNr9gi.

ANDREW BIRD, HANDS OF GLORY

1. Three White Horses
2. When That Helicopter Comes
3. Spirograph
4. Railroad Bill
5. Something Biblical
6. If I Needed You
7. Orpheo
8. Beyond the Valley of the Three White Horses

ANDREW BIRD TOUR
* Gezelligheid performance

November 8 Roundhouse London, England
November 10 Aula Magna Lisbon, Portugal
November 12 Sala Apolo Barcelona, Spain
November 14 Magazzini Generali Milan, Italy
November 16 Crossing Border Festival Enschede, Netherlands
November 17 Crossing Border Festival The Hague, Netherlands
November 18 Crossing Border Festival Antwerp, Belgium
November 19 Amager Bio Copenhagen, Denmark
November 20 Pustervik Gothenburg, Sweden
December 10-11 Riverside Church (12/10 SOLD OUT) New York, NY*
December 17 State Theater Minneapolis, MN
December 19-21 Fourth Presbyterian Church (ALL SHOWS SOLD OUT) Chicago, IL*

31 Oct
2012

Andrew Bird with Tift Merritt and Alan Hampton performed “If I Needed You” on the Late Show with David Letterman.

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13 Oct
2012

Andrew Bird performed “Give It Away” and “Three White Horses” on Last Call with Carson Daly.

Watch both videos below:

23 Aug
2012

Hands of Glory, a companion piece to Andrew Bird’s critically acclaimed full-length record Break It Yourself, is due October 30 on Mom + Pop Music.

The new record is the product of a pair of recording sessions prompted by the overwhelming response to Bird’s “old-time” sets on recent tours. Reinterpreting songs from Break It Yourself and featuring covers of classic country tunes, these “old-time” performances find Bird and his full band playing to a single microphone with an entirely acoustic setup. Drawing inspiration from these sets, Hands of Glory features a brand new original track, new interpretations of songs from Break It Yourself and covers of the Carter Family, the Handsome Family, Alpha Consumer and others.

Bird is set to continue his North American tour dates, highlighted by a performance at Austin City Limits, throughout the fall. Please see below for a list of dates.

ANDREW BIRD TOUR

September 26 Overture Hall Madison, WI*
September 27 Midpoint Music Festival Cincinnati, OH*
September 29 Singletary Center Lexington, KY*
September 30 Murat Theatre Indianapolis, IN*
October 1 Orange Peel Asheville, NC*
October 2 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC*
October 4 Tennessee Theater Knoxville, TN*
October 5 Georgia Theater Athens, GA*
October 6 Charleston Music Hall Charleston, SC*
October 8 Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater Miami Beach, FL*
October 9 Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts Tampa, FL*
October 10 House of Blues Orlando, FL*
October 12 House of Blues Houston, TX*
October 13 Austin City Limits Festival Austin, TX

* with Here We Go Magic

22 May
2012

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2012 Lineup Announced

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Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced its lineup for the 2012 edition of the festival. Set to headline this year’s lineup: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys and Jack White. Three day tickets and single day passes are still on-sale for the festival for the festival set for October 12th through the 14th. Pick them up here while they last.

Check out the full lineup below:

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys
Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Iggy & The Stooges, AVICII, BASSNECTAR, The Roots, The Shins, Weezer, Gotye, The Civil Wars, M83, Tegan and Sara, Childish Gambino Two Door Cinema Club, Thievery Corporation, The Afghan Whigs, Crystal Castles, Andrew Bird, Gary Clark Jr., Metric, Band of Skulls, Esperanza Spalding, Alabama Shakes, Delta Spirit, M. Ward, Randy Rogers Band, Die Antwoord, Rufus Wainwright, NEEDTOBREATHE, Big Gigantic, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Steve Earle, The War On Drugs, Umphrey’s McGee, Barrington Levy, Old 97′s Punch Brothers, Bombay Bicycle Club, A-Trak, Trampled by Turtles Patterson Hood, Michael Kiwanuka, Big K.R.I.T., Oberhofer, POLICA, Tennis, Zola Jesus, Stars, Kimbra, Black Lips, Los Campesinos!, Jovanotti, Ben Howard, Ruthie Foster, Freelance Whales, Civil Twilight, The Whigs, Dev, The Lumineers, Bad Books, The Devil Makes Three, Asleep at the Wheel, First Aid Kit Patrick Watson, LP, Caveman, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Father John Misty The Wombats, Dry the River, The Boxer Rebellion, Soul Rebels Brass Band Thundercat, Willis Earl Beal, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Kishi Bashi, Deep Dark Woods, Moon Duo, Kopecky Family Band, River City Extension Quiet Corral, Wheeler Brothers, The Relatives, Space Capone, The Staves Native Run, Nikki Lane, Quiet Company, Infantree, Wild Child, La Vida Bohème The Eastern Sea, The Dunwells, Kenny Vaughan Trio, Justin Jones, Sonámbulo Royal Teeth, Noah Gunderson, The Aaron Ivey Band, The Mighty Sincere Voices G.S.T., Colorfeels, Lera Lynn, Megan McCormick, Shields of Faith, Stapletones, The Baylor Choir, Disciples of Joy, Ralph’s World, Orange Sherbet, Big Don Rocknoceros, Hullabaloo, Jambo, Peter DiStefano & Tor, The School of Rock, The Q Brothers

01 May
2012

Andrew Bird performed “Eyeoneye” and “Give It Away” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Watch both videos below:

28 Mar
2012

Andrew Bird performed “Eyeoneye” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Watch the video below and pick up the album Break It Yourself on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

06 Mar
2012

Andrew Bird’s much-anticipated twelfth album, Break It Yourself, is out today on Mom + Pop. The album is available digitally, on vinyl, CD, and in a deluxe CD package. Produced by Bird, the album was recorded at his barn in Western Illinois near the banks of the Mississippi River. Both TIME and Newsweek named Break It Yourself one of the Most Anticipated Records of 2012, while in early reviews the album has been hailed by NPR Music as “a quiet, careful grower…it blooms into something beautiful” and American Songwriter raved “Break It Yourself pulls you into Bird’s imaginary world, a place where people whistle as often as they speak and musical traditions flow between countries like water.” Rolling Stone noted that Bird’s “emotional urgency energizes his fluid multi-instrumental elocution.”

Paired with the deluxe CD package of Break It Yourself is the DVD Here’s What Happened. The thirty-minute performance film was shot at Bird’s barn during the recording of the album and captures the energy of the room in which the new release was conceived. Scenes from the film were featured in a series of trailers posted to Andrew Bird’s website throughout the past three months.

From March 6-20 Here’s What Happened will be available for free rental exclusively on the iTunes Store; it is available alongside Break It Yourself at http://www.iTunes.com/andrewbird. Once downloaded, a user has 30 days to begin the film and a full 24 hours to complete the viewing after pressing play. Bird is celebrating the free rental of Here’s What Happened by premiering the footage of his band performing the track “Eyeoneye”: http://music-mix.ew.com/2012/03/06/andrew-bird-eyeoneye-video-break-it-yourself.

Bird is set to kick off his tour in support of Break It Yourself with a headlining set in Austin at NPR’s SXSW Showcase at Stubb’s BBQ March 14; (full dates below). Tickets are now available via major outlets.

ANDREW BIRD, BREAK IT YOURSELF

1. Desperation Breeds…

2. Polynation

3. Danse Caribe

4. Give it Away

5. Eyeoneye

6. Lazy Projector

7. Near Death Experience Experience

8. Behind the Barn

9. Lusitania

10. Orpheo Looks Back

11. Sifters

12. Fatal Shore

13. Hole in the Ocean Floor

14. Belles

ANDREW BIRD TOUR

March 14 SXSW: NPR Showcase at Stubb’s BBQ Austin, TX
March 15 Majestic Theatre Dallas, TX*
March 16 The Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans, LA*
March 17 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA*

March 19 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN*
March 20 Southern Theatre Columbus, OH*

March 22 The Pageant St. Louis, MO*

March 23 The Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO*

March 24 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI*

April 9 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA†

April 10 The Vogue Vancouver, BC†

April 11 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR†

April 13 Fox Theater Oakland, CA†

April 14 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Indio, CA
April 18 Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center Mesa, AZ†
April 19 Lensic Performing Arts Center Santa Fe, NM†
April 20 Rialto Theater Tucson, AZ†

April 21 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Indio, CA

May 3 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA‡

May 4 Beacon Theatre New York, NY‡

May 5 Beacon Theatre New York, NY§

May 6 House of Blues Boston, MA‡

May 8 9:30 Club Washington, DC‡

May 9 Ramshead Live Baltimore, MD‡
May 10 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI**

May 12 Auditorium Theatre Chicago, IL**

May 19 Nelsonville Music Festival Nelsonville, OH

July 14 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY

* with Eugene Mirman
† with Laura Marling
‡ with Patrick Watson
§ with Tift Merritt
** with Mucca Pazza

10 Jan
2012


Andrew Bird’s much-anticipated twelfth album, Break It Yourself, is due March 6 on Mom + Pop; see below for a track listing. Produced by Bird, the album was recorded at his barn in Western Illinois near the banks of the Mississippi River. Break It Yourself follows Bird’s 2009 full length release Noble Beast, which was hailed as his “most instantly inviting album by far” by the Los Angeles Times while Rolling Stone praised him for “fusing…emotive indie rock with the chamber-music experimentalism of his early recordings.”

Bird will celebrate the release of Break It Yourself with a North American tour set to kick off in Texas in mid-March; please see below for a list of dates. Concert tickets are now available via major ticket outlets. All concert tickets are bundled with a unique musical package including a redemption code to download Break It Yourself upon release date. Ticket purchasers will also receive a download of Fake Conversations, a live EP culled from Bird’s fall 2011 tour, and a second souvenir live EP from the 2012 tour this coming spring. U.S. fans who don’t live in upcoming tour markets will be able to buy the album/live EP bundle as part of a standalone pre-order as well. Break It Yourself will also be available in a deluxe edition vinyl package with details to come shortly. A new video previewing the album can be seen at http://andrewbird.net.

Chicago-based film score composer, multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. As a teen Bird became interested in a variety of styles including early jazz, country blues and gypsy music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop. Since beginning his recording career in 1997 he has released 11 albums, his first solo record Weather Systems coming in 2003. Bird has gone on to record with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Most recently Bird composed his first ever film score for the movie Norman (hailed as “a probing, thoughtful score” by The New York Times; available now on Mom + Pop), contributed to the soundtrack of The Muppets and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation at New York’s Guggenheim Museum and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

ANDREW BIRD, BREAK IT YOURSELF

1. Desperation Breeds…

2. Polynation

3. Danse Caribe

4. Give it Away

5. Eyeoneye

6. Lazy Projector

7. Near Death Experience Experience

8. Behind the Barn

9. Lusitania

10. Orpheo Looks Back

11. Sifters

12. Fatal Shore

13. Hole in the Ocean Floor

14. Belles

ANDREW BIRD TOUR

January 12 Hawaii Theatre Honolulu, HI
March 15 Majestic Theatre Dallas, TX*
March 16 The Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans, LA*

March 17 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA*

March 19 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN*
March 20 Southern Theatre Columbus, OH*

March 22 The Pageant St. Louis, MO*

March 23 The Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO*

March 24 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI*

April 9 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA†

April 10 The Vogue Vancouver, BC†

April 11 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR†

April 13 Fox Theater Oakland, CA†
April 18 Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center Mesa, AZ†
April 19 Lensic Performing Arts Center Santa Fe, NM†
April 20 Rialto Theater Tucson, AZ†

May 3 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA‡

May 4 Beacon Theatre New York, NY‡

May 5 Beacon Theatre New York, NY§

May 6 House of Blues Boston, MA‡

May 8 9:30 Club Washington, DC‡

May 9 Ramshead Live Baltimore, MD‡
May 10 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI**

May 12 Auditorium Theatre Chicago, IL**

* with Eugene Mirman
† with Laura Marling
‡ with Patrick Watson
§ with Tift Merritt
** with Mucca Pazza

06 Dec
2011


Andrew Bird’s much-anticipated twelfth album, Break It Yourself, is due March 6 on Mom + Pop. Produced by Bird, the album was recorded at his barn in Western Illinois near the banks of the Mississippi River. Break It Yourself follows Bird’s 2009 full length release Noble Beast, which was hailed as his “most instantly inviting album by far” by the Los Angeles Times while Rolling Stone praised him for “fusing…emotive indie rock with the chamber-music experimentalism of his early recordings.” Please see attached for high resolution image, credit Cameron Wittig.

Bird will celebrate the release of Break It Yourself with a North American tour set to kick off in Texas in mid-March; please see below for a list of dates. Concert tickets will be available for pre-sale via andrewbird.net beginning December 6 and will be available via major ticket outlets December 9-10 (Oakland December 18). All concert tickets are bundled with a unique musical package including a redemption code to download Break It Yourself upon release date. Ticket purchasers will also receive a download of Fake Conversations, a live EP culled from Bird’s fall 2011 tour, and a second souvenir live EP from the 2012 tour this coming spring. U.S. fans who don’t live in upcoming tour markets will be able to buy the album/live EP bundle as part of a standalone pre-order as well. Break It Yourself will also be available in a deluxe edition vinyl package with details to come shortly.

Chicago-based film score composer, multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. As a teen Bird became interested in a variety of styles including early jazz, country blues and gypsy music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop. Since beginning his recording career in 1997 he has released 11 albums, his first solo record Weather Systems coming in 2003. Bird has gone on to record with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Most recently Bird composed his first ever film score for the movie Norman (hailed as “a probing, thoughtful score” by The New York Times; available now on Mom + Pop), contributed to the soundtrack of The Muppets and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation at New York’s Guggenheim Museum and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
ANDREW BIRD TOUR

December 21 Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL*
December 22 Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL*
January 12 Hawaii Theatre Honolulu, HI
March 15 Majestic Theatre Dallas, TX†
March 16 The Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans, LA†
March 17 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA†

March 19 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN†
March 20 Southern Theatre Columbus, OH†

March 22 The Pageant St. Louis, MO†

March 23 The Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO†

March 24 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI†

April 9 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA‡

April 10 The Vogue Vancouver, BC‡

April 11 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR‡

April 13 Fox Theater Oakland, CA‡
April 18 Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center Mesa, AZ‡
April 19 Lensic Performing Arts Center Santa Fe, NM‡
April 20 Rialto Theater Tucson, AZ‡

May 3 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA§

May 4 Beacon Theatre New York, NY§

May 5 Beacon Theatre New York, NY**

May 6 House of Blues Boston, MA§

May 8 9:30 Club Washington, DC§

May 9 Ramshead Live Baltimore, MD§
May 10 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI††

May 12 Auditorium Theatre Chicago, IL††

* Andrew Bird and Ian Schneller’s “Sonic Arboretum”
† with Eugene Mirman
‡ with Laura Marling
§ with Patrick Watson
** with Tift Merritt
†† with Mucca Pazza