All is well; with Capsized, Andrew Bird is back in the spotlight.


It will have been 4 years since 2012’s esteemed Break It Yourself when Andrew Bird‘s newest full-length album, Are You Serious is released on April 1st. This isn’t to say that the ever-prolific artist hasn’t been busy (the years since have seen the releases of B-Side album Hands of Glory, the song-turned-EP I Want to See Pulaski at Night, a Handsome Family cover collection entitled Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…, and Echolocations: Canyon — the first of 5 intertwined instrumental projects), but the absence of any suitable marketing effort during that span has left Bird out on the fringes in an industry where his prodigious abilities are deserving of the spotlight.

andrew-bird-are-you-serious-new-albumAs the saying goes, “the best things are worth waiting for,” and a little more than a month into the new year, Bird revealed the ace up his sleeve: having finally settled upon an arrangement, the oft-performed, never-recorded, “Capsized,” was liberated to pave the way for his forthcoming album and an accompanying world tour (for good measure, the renaissance man also announced his scoring of the Louis CK/Zach Galifianakis FX brainchild, Baskets).

Regarding the single, Bird clearly had no interest in playing it safe this time around. His violin (albeit distorted, and accompanied by no less than an electric guitar) is surely present, but the remaining instrumentation is scarcely akin to anything we’ve heard from him before. Far from being an unfortunate twist, the full-band aesthetic leaves ample room for Bird’s signature melodies, feeling much more like a natural progression than a label-enforced sales-tactic.

As an artist whose songs often take on new forms over time, it’s no surprise that Bird has finally experimented with something more aggressive. And though it’d be remiss to speculate that Bird has abandoned any facets of his trademark sound in the long-run, one can’t help but drool over the potential meshing of new and old in store for this next run of tour dates.

After first hearing the new single, a friend of mine noted that “if (Capsized) is any indication, this album might finally make me the fan I know I should be.” And the beauty of Bird’s latest direction can be summed up in that sentiment. “Capsized,” undeniably Bird, is a deserved change of pace that gives supportive and skeptical listeners alike a new reason to appreciate the gifted songwriter. In short, change is inevitable, and Andrew Bird is capitalizing.

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2016 Spring Tour Dates:

2.25 Eindhoven, NL – Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
2.26 Amsterdam, NL – Muziekgebouw & Bimhuis
2.27 Rotterdam, NL – De Doelen

2.28 Groningen, NL – Oosterpoort
3.30 Nashville, TN – The Ryman
4.01 Knoxville, TN – Big Ears Festival
4.02 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
4.04 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
4.05 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
4.07 Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
4.08 New York, NY – Terminal 5

4.09 Boston, NY – Citi Wang Theatre
4.11 Montreal, QC – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
4.13 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
4.14 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
4.15 Columbus, OH – The LC Pavilion
4.16 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
4.18 Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Theatre
4.19 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
4.21 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre

4.22 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
4.30 Dublin, IE – Vicar Street
5.02 Edinburgh, UK – Queen’s Hall
5.03 Manchester, UK – Cathedral
5.04 London, UK – Roundhouse
5.06 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
5.08 Brussels, BE – Cirque Royal
5.09 Paris, FR – Trianon

5.13 San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
5.14 Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA
5.15 Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel
5.16 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
5.18 Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
5.19 Seattle, WA – Showbox Presents
5.21 Vancouver, Canada – Orpheum
5.23 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
5.24 Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre

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IT professional by day, surveyor of all things indie-rock by night. I am a recent University of Minnesota grad with the distinct pleasure of calling the Minneapolis "Uptown" area home. Prior to this digital age, I was the friend you visited to borrow CDs by the tenfold. From my humble beginnings as a fusion jazz aficionado (thanks, Dad), I've come to enjoy music in a variety of genres and contexts. Whether it's catching a $10 steal-of-a-show over at First Avenue's 7th Street Entry, spending my Friday mornings sifting through the day's new releases (yes, I am one of the few still lamenting the death of New Music Tuesday), or strapping on a guitar for a worship set at Hope Community Church, music touches nearly all aspects of my life. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share with you (in the form of reviews, recommendations, and the not-so-irregular begging plea) my intense passion for one of humanity's greatest accomplishments in collaboration... MUSICAL PERFORMANCE. Follow me on Spotify:

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