Friday, 22 March 2013 10:13

Indie Best Bet: Andrew Bird

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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An Evening with Andrew Bird
Covenant Fine Arts Center, Grand Rapids
Friday, April 12,
7:30 p.m., $38, (616) 526-6282

Ask one out of any 10 hipsters mulling around these days (aren't they just everywhere, like crab grass? Or nitrogen?) and you could probably find more than a few witnesses willing to testify that seeing Andrew Bird live is like a religious experience. It makes sense, then, that the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist wunderkind would find a comfortable place with the Festival of Faith and Music, a Calvin College-sponsored extravaganza featuring the finest and fiercest in the spiritual entertainment realm. While Bird's name isn't necessarily the first that might come up in a mental list of faith-oriented musicians – don't know about you guys, but Creed Creed Creed Evanescence goes my own brain – the depth and layering of his work certainly speaks to what you might come to expect from a complex encounter with the otherworldly. Fresh on the heels of 2012's release, Hands of Glory, Bird is here, his whistling style is queer (as in, unusual), and he's ready to blow your brains out in the most gentle, awesome way possible. Get used to it. Better yet, get pumped up about it.

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