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Concerts

Andrew Bird at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival

July 30, 2013 Watch Andrew Bird collaborate with Tift Merritt as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

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Andrew Bird performs a headlining set at Stubb's during SXSW 2012.

March 15, 2012 Bird made his lone show at the festival count, holding the stage for one sweet, soaring hour.

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October 23, 2009 Hear the offbeat and romantic musical polymath perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia.

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February 3, 2009 Hear a full concert by Bird, with Sweden's Loney Dear, live on NPR Music at 8 p.m. ET.

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May 20, 2007 Hear art rock virtuoso Andrew Bird recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.

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Studio Sessions

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December 9, 2013 Hear the relentlessly inventive musician perform songs from Noble Beast in this session from 2009.

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Andrew Bird performs on The Current.

December 22, 2012 Watch the singer, songwriter and violinist play "Three White Horses" live at The Current's studios.

Andrew Bird's latest record, Break It Yourself, was released this month.

July 23, 2012 Hear the whistling polymath and master violinist perform songs from his latest record.

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March 30, 2009 The relentlessly inventive singer-songwriter introduces new songs from Noble Beast.

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December 26, 2007 The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist skillfully blends rock, folk, jazz and retro swing music.

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December 18, 2007 Bird has developed a unique sound originating in blues, folk and rock. Hear a performance.

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July 26, 2007 The violinist and songwriter gives an in-studio performance from WXPN's World Cafe.

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March 15, 2007 Bird's music has quickly grown moodier and less tethered to trends as his creative output expands.

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November 17, 2005 Andrew Bird plays songs from his latest album, The Mysterious Production of Eggs.

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Interviews & Profiles

Andrew Bird was 4 when he picked up his first instrument. His latest album is called Break It Yourself.

March 11, 2012 Bird continues to balance celebratory music with heavy subject matter on the new Break It Yourself.

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February 13, 2009 The singer explains the sounds that influenced his new album.

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April 17, 2005 The Chicago musician is a combination of songwriter, violinist, guitarist, vocalist and whistler.

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September 15, 1998 Violinist Andrew Bird's new CD, Thrills, captures the sounds of the 1930s and '40s.

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Discover Songs

Andrew Bird at the 6th and I Synagogue

December 10, 2010 Bob Boilen takes a look at two recent solo performances by Jeff Tweedy and Andrew Bird.

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August 4, 2010 All Songs Considered looks at some of the festival's best moments, from Edward Sharpe and more.

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December 7, 2009 All Songs Considered listeners pick the top 25 albums of 2009.

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February 3, 2009 Hear a full concert by Bird, with Sweden's Loney Dear, live on NPR Music at 8 p.m. ET.

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January 5, 2009 Now on All Songs Considered: Andrew Bird, The Bad Plus, Chopteeth, and more.

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December 23, 2008 Hear an exclusive preview of Bird's new album, Noble Beast, in its entirety.

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December 20, 2007 Tens of thousands of listeners voted for the year's best CDs, with Radiohead coming out on top.

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December 3, 2007 Steve Seel, host on Minnesota Public Radio's The Current, picks his Top 10 albums of the year.

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November 20, 2007 Esquire music critic Andy Langer picks eight tracks that have been criminally underplayed.

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February 16, 2007 "Scythian Empires" demonstrates Andrew Bird's gifts for evocative imagery and lovely arrangements.

January 26, 2005 Tributes to boxer Jack Johnson from Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis; An intimate home recording ...

August 8, 2003 New music from Bruce Cockburn; Norah Jones' songwriter Jesse Harris; Dreamy Brazilian pop from C...

March 1, 2000 George Pelecis, a string quartet tribute to REM, Manu Chao, NewGrange, variations on the All Thi...

News

Bruce Springsteen, Fiona Apple and The Magnetic Fields will all be part of NPR Music's 2012 SXSW coverage.

March 1, 2012 Featuring the return of Fiona Apple, Bruce Springsteen's keynote and Magnetic Fields' SXSW debut.

Reviews

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August 4, 2010 All Songs Considered looks at some of the festival's best moments, from Edward Sharpe and more.

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January 5, 2009 Now on All Songs Considered: Andrew Bird, The Bad Plus, Chopteeth, and more.

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November 20, 2007 Esquire music critic Andy Langer picks eight tracks that have been criminally underplayed.

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February 16, 2007 "Scythian Empires" demonstrates Andrew Bird's gifts for evocative imagery and lovely arrangements.

More Stories

Pantha Du Prince.

November 6, 2012 Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share their favorite new songs of the week.

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Andrew Bird's new album, Break It Yourself, comes out March 6.

February 26, 2012 Break It Yourself is a quiet, careful grower. Give it time, and it blooms into something beautiful.

Clockwise from upper left: Andrew Bird, Julianna Barwick, Spoek Mathambo.

January 31, 2012 Hear a sneak preview of Bird's new record and some albums we played solely for the cover art.

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Liner note booklet cover art for The Green Album

August 14, 2011 Andrew Bird, OK Go, Weezer and others honor the music of the Muppets on a new tribute album.

Clockwise from top left: Bjork, Andrew Bird, R.E.M.

August 2, 2011 This week's All Songs Considered includes premieres from Grouplove and We Were Promised Jetpacks.

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Andrew Bird ponders Kermit the Frog.

July 28, 2011 The singer-songwriter pays tribute to the greatest frog of all time with a cover of "Bein' Green."

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Nico Muhly.

April 17, 2011 Listen to a crowdsourced mix of young composers, as assembled by WQXR's Q2 and NPR Music.

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