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The 60 Best Albums of 2007

From tech house to Radiohead and Americana to indie and everything in between, the 60 best albums of 2007 included many of the 2000s' best albums.

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Andrew Bird: Echolocations: River

The music presents itself as more than just nature sounds. Andrew Bird is an active participant in the process. he doesn't sit by the side of the river but wades in ankle deep and wanders.

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Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory: 8 July 2014 - Summerstage, NYC (Photos)

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.

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Winter 2014 New Music Playlist

Seventeen new songs with notes to chase away the winter blahs.

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Andrew Bird: Hands of Glory

Hands of Glory might not stand alone as a release without the context provided by Break It Yourself, but it nevertheless serves as a testament to how capable and creative Bird can be when he’s dialed in.

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Kelly Hogan: I Like to Keep Myself in Pain

On her first album in a decade, Kelly Hogan delivers bravura performances of music contributed by a host of songwriting legends including Andrew Bird, Vic Chesnutt and Stephin Merrit, among others.

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2012 Nelsonville Music Festival

Nelsonville Music Fest 2012 in photos.

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SXSW Music 2012 Recap: Andrew Bird + Alejandro Escovedo and Friends

Andrew Bird was a fitting conclusion to the NPR showcase and Alejandro Escovedo's closing party is an annual highlight of SXSW.

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Behind the Barn: An Interview with Andrew Bird

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.

Dennis Shin
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Andrew Bird: Break It Yourself

Andrew Bird is one of the great pop visionaries of the past decade, but, for the second album in a row, it sounds like he's still trying to figure out his next step.

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Andrew Bird's 'Sonic Arboretum': 21 December 2011 - Chicago

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.

Michael Ritchie
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Andrew Bird: 12 October 2011 - Rochester, NY

Dosh and Bird have been collaborating like this for years now, but Bird claims that they are just “scratching the surface”.

Jared Bennett
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Andrew Bird: 10 August 2011 - Boulder, CO

The beautiful, historic amphitheater is also one of the lesser-known venues in Boulder, though for Bird it overflowed.

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A Stormy Playlist: 10 Songs for Before, During, and After the Summer Storms

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

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Andrew Bird: Useless Creatures

Andrew Bird descends into the treacherous depths of experimentalism and emerges with his musical soul intact.

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Andrew Bird: 5 August 2010 - Guggenheim, NYC

Thousands piled into New York Cities' spiraling Guggenheim to check out the astounding Ian Schneller sonic art exhibit, accompanied by the whimsical music of Andrew Bird.

Sachyn Mital
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People Said It Was Impossible: An Interview with Dosh

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

Jennifer Kelly
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Andrew Bird: 15.Dec.09 - Chicago

All along Bird was tied up in his art, swaying with each pull of the bow and pluck of a string. In a nearly seamless fashion he added loops to create additional tones and melodies.

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Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird sings his songs like he expects to find newness in them every time.

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The Big Shoulders Ball: Celebrating the Inauguration, Chicago Style

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.

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Andrew Bird: Noble Beast/Useless Creatures

With the exception of a few standouts, Noble Beast finds Chicago multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird inching toward the middle of the road. Luckily, the instrumental bonus disc Useless Animals picks up some of the slack.

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The Best Jazz of 2008

More than ever, the best jazz is coming from small labels, and more than ever the best draws a decent slice from the dynamics of rock and pop music without itself being a commercial venture.

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Todd Sickafoose: Tiny Resistors

A distinctive and generous collection of tunes blending jazz and indie-rock yet doing so without preciousness or pretention.

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Dosh: Wolves and Wishes

The frequent Fog drummer's fourth solo album is his most forward thinking, ambitious effort yet.

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Various Artists: Secret Love 4

A compilation that merely intends to explore the possibilities of modern folk music but winds up articulating your deepest yearnings with surprising potency.

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Andrew Bird + Apostle of Hustle

Apostle of Hustle might have stolen the show from the headliner -- had not they been opening for the inimitable Andrew Bird. He's, like, so talented.

Tyler Wilcox
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Andrew Bird: Armchair Apocrypha

Time may be a crooked bow, but Andrew Bird is shooting for timelessness.

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Andrew Bird

Violin plucker and inspired indie songster Andrew Bird previews tunes from his upcoming Armchair Apocrypha LP.

Eddie Ciminelli
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Andrew Bird: The Mysterious Production of Eggs

Classical violinist and top notch whistler creates an album of timeless pop music.

Peter Funk
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