I was glad to see “The Dead” add a Northwest date to their spring tour. The band will play The Gorge on May 16th with The Allman Brothers Band and The Doobie Brothers. However, I was not happy to see the ticket prices–$51 for the lawn and $101 for a reserved seat, not including the always hideous Ticketmaster fees.

Perhaps, news of The Recession hasn’t yet hit Marin County.

Bird Takes Flight

Bird Takes Flight

photo by Paul D’Amato

Chicagoan Andrew Bird is featured in today’s NYT Sunday Magazine. I like how the critic describes Bird’s music.

Bird’s sound is not easy to categorize. His songs are swelling and orchestral, the legacy of years spent studying classical violin at Northwestern University’s prestigious conservatory and elsewhere. He has been compared with the Irish rock singer Damien Rice, but Bird’s sound is also distinctly American, part of a new wave of folk — free folk, psych folk or freak folk, as it has variously been called — that has grown in popularity in recent years. His songs have a pastoral, homespun feel, but they also have a darkness and emotional complexity not typically associated with folk rock.

Bird’s new album, “Noble Beast” will be released Jan. 20 on Fat Possum. If his last effort, “Armchair Apocrypha,” released in 2007, is any indication, Bird’s fans have something grand to look forward to.

Here’s a track from the new album:

Oh No – Andrew Bird