Andrew Bird this October

I’m very excit­ed to have my Andrew Bird tick­ets (Orange Peel, $25) already pur­chased. He is one of my absolute favorite musi­cians and song­writ­ers out there right now, and his live shows are spec­tac­u­lar dis­plays of his musi­cian­ship and unique­ly melan­choly heart, proud­ly bruised and ban­daged in eso­teric words that make me reach for a tax­o­nom­ic glos­sary. His lyrics recall the most flow­ing lines of Tennyson’s work, with­out the clas­si­cal allu­sions. I saw him in 2007 with Reese, who played with him briefly in the ear­ly 2000s in the Squir­rel Nut Zip­pers, and I got to shake his hand and speak to him briefly, but in rare form I was star struck and couldn’t think of a sin­gle bit of con­ver­sa­tion. I’m not famil­iar with the open­ing act — has any­body seen St. Vin­cent?

He’s just as good live as in the video. I’ll see you at the show.

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