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Rave reviews for Andrew Bird shows

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Andrew Bird saws away last month at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. (AP)

Chicago's favorite multi-instrumentalist and whistler, indie-rock fave Andrew Bird, comes home tomorrow night with Thursday and Friday night shows at the grand Civic Opera House. It is, alas, sold out. For those with tickets and full of anticipation, the reviews of the tour have been glowing, like this passage from the Austin American-Statesman ...

"Bird treated a near-capacity crowd at the Austin City Limits studios Wednesday night to a beautiful hour-long set. Looking like the TA in one of your college poetry classes, dressed in shock red pants and a bulky knitted scarf, Bird wasted no time setting his aural landscape, as he plucked and bowed his violin and then set the sounds on a loop while whistling over them and quickly discarding his shoes during a dreamy introduction that gave way to the Russian folksiness of 'Why.' His sultry delivery of the lyrics 'you’ll get your punishments when you show me your crimes,' had Bird sounding like a man lustily talking the ghost of a former lover into a corner of a darkened bedroom. Indeed, part of the beauty of Bird’s live performance comes from hearing the singer jazzily play with his lyrics, reshaping the songs from his albums."

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