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PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.
20 Sep 2019
"Left Hand Kisses" is an anti-love song that reveals its characters' affections a bit more with each attempt at rejection they make.
04 Mar 2016
Andrew Bird's newest album Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of... features covers of the Handsome Family that were brought to life at Summerstage.
15 Jul 2014
Andrew Bird was a fitting conclusion to the NPR showcase and Alejandro Escovedo's closing party is an annual highlight of SXSW.
25 Mar 2012
He whistled his way through The Muppets, soundtracked the film Norman, and has now selfishly recorded his own new effort Break It Yourself on a farm in Western Illinois. Welcome to the wonderful world of Andrew Bird, who gives PopMatters a guided tour through it.
07 Mar 2012
Never have I felt the vibrations of a violin encompass a room or nor have I been in the middle of a three-dimensional field of sound that arrived at your ears from all directions.
12 Jan 2012
If we are going to learn to grin and bear this year's enhanced, prolonged stormy activity, we need an equally stormy playlist to accompany the thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and whatever other maladies Mother Nature might throw our way during this summer season
15 Jun 2011
Loop-master Martin Dosh is releasing his latest full-length, Tommy, this week. PopMatters talks to Dosh and some of the album's contributors (including Andrew Bird) about his unique creative process and the benefits of collaboration with other artists
14 Apr 2010
A busload of Chicago's best and brightest independent musicians storm the nation's capital on the eve of the Presidential inauguration and a former Chicagoan turned Washingtonian discovers that maybe you can transport the spirit of the Windy City -- if only for one night.
26 Jan 2009
The songwriter gets into the songwriting process, the bigger crowds, and the need to suffer.
13 Apr 2005
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