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Andrew Bird – “The Fake Headlines” (New Pornographers Cover) Video

For the new bands-covering-other-bands benefit compilation Good People Rock, Andrew Bird has recorded a stripped-back, countrified version of the New Pornographers’ 2000 power-pop sugar rush “Fake Headlines.” And now directors Luke McCutcheon and Michael Yablonski have made a glowing magic-realist video for that cover. The clip tells the story of a marionette puppet who trie… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 7, 2015 - 10:23 am

Andrew Bird & Nora O’Connor – “I’ll Trade You Money For Wine” (Robbie Fulks Cover)

Chicago’s Bloodshot Records is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with the release of a compilation album that features bands covering songs by some of the artists that have been on the label’s roster, which includes Ryan Adams, Neko Case, Ben Kweller, and more. We’ve already heard Blitzen Trapper cover an Adams song, and now… More »

By: James Rettig / October 22, 2014 - 9:58 am

Matt Berninger & Andrew Bird – “A Lyke Wake Dirge”

Matt Berninger, the deep-groaning frontman for the National, has contributed music to just about every even vaguely prestigious TV show currently on the air, and he’s just added another one to his growing list. Together with singer/songwriter/elite whistler Andrew Bird, he’s recorded a version of the traditional English folk song “A Lyke Wake Dirge” for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 8, 2014 - 11:50 am

Andrew Bird Announces New Album Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…

Andrew Bird recently put together a new backing band called Hands Of Glory, and now he’ll be releasing an album with them. Titled Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…, it is a full LP of covers of long-running folk band the Handsome Family, who gained a lot more fans after their 2003 song “Far… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 28, 2014 - 11:46 am

Skrillex, Janelle Monaé, Warpaint, Chance The Rapper, Thundercat To Join Forces For Bonnaroo Superjam

Bonnaroo has announced the lineups for a trio of Superjams at this year’s festival. The annual improv sessions have previously featured D’Angelo’s return to the public eye and the one-time-only collision of John Oates, R. Kelly, and Billy Idol, and at least one of this year’s two lineups seems primed to offer something memorable. That’d… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 7, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Andrew Bird – “The Fake Headlines” (The New Pornographers Cover)

Montreal’s Yellow Bird Project works with musicians to create T-shirt designs that benefit a charities of the artists’ choice; they’ve printed designs by the likes of Bon Iver, Best Coast, Tegan And Sara, Grizzly Bear, Rilo Kiley, and many more. Now they’re moving from coverings by indie rockers to covers by indie rockers. A compilatio… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 24, 2014 - 10:50 am

Andrew Bird – “Pulaski At Night”

Andrew Bird has a new EP coming out soon titled I Want To See Pulaski At Night. Though mostly made up of instrumentals, the title track is a beautifully sung piece built around plucked violin and upright bass. The origin of the song came from an old encounter Bird had with a Thai foreign-exchange student… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 1, 2013 - 5:44 pm

Watch Andrew Bird Debut “Begging Questions” At Newport Folk Festival

At the Newport Folk Festival earlier this month, Andrew Bird had a welcome surprise for his audience: a brand new song that he’d written “in the last two weeks.” The song, a romantic, conversational folk romp called “Begging Questions,” plays like the best of Bird’s work: light-footed, clever, and keenly emotional. Watch Bird, along with… More »

By: Elliah Heifetz / August 7, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Photos: Pickathon 2013

This past weekend, the yearly roots-influenced music festival Pickathon took place at the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, just outside of Portland. Feist, Divine Fits, Kurt Vile, and Pure Bathing Culture were among the many bands that performed at this unique festival. Check out live photos from the event from Colin McLaughlin. More »

By: Stereogum / August 5, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Sasquatch! 2013 Saturday: Sigur Rós, The xx, Tame Impala, & More

As day 2 of Sasquatch! began everybody, from fans to bands to tech, seemed to be adjusting to the swing of things. It was a little warmer, and there was no rain in sight. After walking through a camping area set up with afternoon beer pong and a car blasting “Same Love,” I finally got… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 26, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Watch Yo La Tengo Perform With Andrew Bird, The Feelies, More At Hanukkah Shows

Just about every year, Yo La Tengo take over their hometown club Maxwell’s for a series of Hanukkah shows, which are generally described as amazing and which often feature a few special guests sitting in. This year’s run of shows, no exception, had it share of help from indie luminaries. Andrew Bird played scratchy violi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 17, 2012 - 10:54 am

Watch Andrew Bird & Tift Merritt On Letterman

Last night, Andrew Bird stopped by the eerily silent, hurricane-stricken studio at the Late Show With David Letterman, bringing Tift Merritt, his peer in singer-songwriterdom, with him. Bird played fiddle, Merritt played guitar, stand-up bass player Alan Hampton played stand-up bass, and all three of them crowded around a single mic bluegrass-style. They covered Towne… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 31, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Andrew Bird – “If I Needed You” (Townes Van Zandt Cover)

Townes Van Zandt’s almighty ballad “If I Needed You” is one of those near-perfect songs that it’s just about impossible to effectively cover, even if that hasn’t stopped every subway-platform troubadour worth her acoustic guitar case from trying. And now folk-pop big dog Andrew Bird has tried his hand at it, recording a pretty violin-soaked… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 9, 2012 - 2:03 pm

Andrew Bird – “Three White Horses”

Next month, Andrew Bird will release the eight-song Hands Of Glory, a release intended to be a companion piece to this year’s Break It Yourself. It was recorded by Bird’s full band playing acoustically around a single mic (which was located in a barn, obviously). Hear the sweeping first track “Three White Horses” below. More »

By: Corban Goble / September 25, 2012 - 11:02 am

Outside Lands 2012 In Photos

Over the weekend, thousands of fans flocked to this year’s Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park. Overcast and chilly weather was offset by the fire from the Metallica pyrotechnics and warm vibes from festival attendees. Neil Young & Crazy Horse turned up their guitars to close out Friday, Metallica blew everyone away with their hellfire… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / August 13, 2012 - 6:19 pm

Andrew Bird – “Give It Away” Video

In Andrew Bird’s video for the lilting Break It Yourself song “Give It Away,” a human pinata visits a birthday party, with predictably disastrous results, before the assembled moppets band together to perform emergency surgery. It’s weird, and it my humble opinion, this guy probably shouldn’t rent himself out for any more birthday parties. JessicaMore »

By: Tom Breihan / July 24, 2012 - 1:36 pm

Andrew Bird – “Eyeoneye” Video

Andrew Bird’s new animated video for “Eyeoneye” is a psychedelic affair in which little gremlins living inside Bird’s body conspire to break his heart and make thoughts explode in his brain. There’s also some stuff about the universe. Yu “Ewan” Morita does the animating. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 30, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Watch Andrew Bird Play Kimmel

Andrew Bird stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to play two Break It Yourself cuts, “Eyeoneye” and “Give It Away.” Watch the performances below. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 1, 2012 - 12:46 pm

Coachella 2012 Weekend 2 In Photos

With their first Coachella 2012 performances a not-quite-distant memory, over the weekend some artists engaged in live collaborations to make for unique experiences in their second fest go-around. John Fogerty joined the Black Keys, Annie Clark of St. Vincent sang with Andrew Bird, and Thom Yorke came out during Modeselektor’s set to perform “Shipwreck.” The… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / April 23, 2012 - 5:49 pm

Watch Andrew Bird On Colbert

Last night on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert played host to handsome whistling man Stephen Colbert, receiving the coveted Colbert Bump in the process. Bird, you will be unsurprised to learn, came across very charming and aw-shucksish. He also performed the Break It Yourself single “Eyeoneye” and, in the web-only bonus round, the album track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 14, 2012 - 2:03 pm
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