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Editor’s Pick #166: Andrew Bird’s “Oh No” by Irina Dvalidze
Andrew Bird teams up with St. Vincent for a month long US tour

Andrew Bird teams up with St. Vincent for a month long US tour

PREVIEW: Download Andrew Bird’s “Oh No” MP3

How many guys out there can claim that they are musically proficient in guitar, mandolin, glockenspiel, violin and whistling — yes, whistling? Well, luckily for you, we know at least one that fits the criteria. Andrew Bird has been making music since the mid-nineties. Aside from developing a fetish for bugs and sleek rain boots, Bird has produced over 16 albums and EPs. His latest, Noble Beast hit the music vendors on Jan. 20 earlier this year, becoming a noted success.

“Oh No,” the opening track from Noble Beast, is an incredibly harmonious layering of sounds. Be it smooth violin chords, Bird’s wistful vocals, rhythmic claps or his signature rustic whistling, “Oh No” has it all. To top it all off, this track contains some of the strangest lyrics you will ever hear: “All the calcified arhythmitists were doing the math / It would take a calculated blow to the head / To light the eyes of all the harmless sociopaths.”

Bird has had a busy summer. He’s been out hitting most of the major music fests from Lollapalooza to Big Chill (England), recording for Pitchfork’s Cemetery Gates and promoting Noble Beast. Recently, Bird announced that he would be joining forces with St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, for a U.S. tour this fall. And it looks like SU students are in luck, as the duo will be dropping through Buffalo on Oct. 21 as part of their month-long tour; St. Vincent will also play Ithaca alone on Oct. 22.

More tour dates below the cut!

— Irina Dvaldize, Production Assistant

09-19 Madison, WI – Forward Music Festival
09-29 Indianapolis, IN – The Murat Theatre *
09-30 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note *
10-02 Austin, TX – ACL Festival
10-03 New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s Uptown *
10-05 Birmingham, AL – Workplay Soundstage *
10-07 Carrboro, NC – The Cat’s Cradle *
10-08 Carrboro, NC – The Cat’s Cradle *
10-09 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel *
10-10 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium *
10-12 Charleston, SC – The Music Farm *
10-13 Knoxville, TN – The Bijou Theater *
10-14 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s *
10-16 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater $
10-17 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater *
10-18 Kalamazoo, MI – State Theatre *
10-19 Columbus, OH – The Southern Theatre *
10-21 Buffalo, NY – Asbury Hall at Babeville *
10-24 South Portland, ME – S. Portland High School Auditorium *
10-25 Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory *
10-26 South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground *
10-27 Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel *
10-28 Washington, DC – The 930 Club *


Great pick here, Irina. Noble Beast is one of my favorite albums of the year. Just so good.

Comment by johncassillo

I hear you John, i have been addicted to Andrew Bird all summer, completely mind-blowing.

Comment by irinadvalidze

HEY- The SOLO show is in ITHACA not Rochester on 10/22 – Castaways Ithaca – see dansmallspresents.com

Comment by dan

Thanks for pointing that out! all fixed!

Comment by irinadvalidze

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