September 26th, 2012
The Dirty Three are not your traditional power trio. The Melbourne, Australia trio consisting of Warren Ellis (violin), Mick Turner (guitar), and Jim White (drums) have made distinct instrumental post-rock that contains elements of jazz, classical, and indie rock. Two/Thirds of the Dirty Three are from Nick Cave’s band, the Bad Seeds, and much of the same spirit you get with Nick Cave: manic, primal, and deeply sorrowful music. While the band has been around almost 20 years, I was just introduced to the band a week earlier by a friend with the band’s music quickly convincing me to take on the concert at Lincoln Hall this past Wednesday. What I experienced was a band and show that is truly one-of-a-kind.
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Break It Yourself
In many ways, Chicago born singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird is like an Olympic gymnast; they consistently perform so flawlessly and gracefully that you begin to take their unbelievable talent for granted. Thus, the virtuosic violinist and former Squirrel Nut Zipper has made his own unique magical blend of folk for a decade and a half making consistently good to great records with his hyper-literate songwriting, vivid vocals, aggressive guitar play, pioneering violin style, and unrivaled whistling ability making a sound that can only be described as his own. On top of all this, the one man band loops it all together live to make for quite the sight, which has now been captured on screen in the concert documentary film, Andrew Bird: Fever Year debuting this spring around the country. If the film isn’t enough, Bird now releases Break It Yourself, his 12th solo album to date, which is a true triumph and ranks as his most sophisticated album to date.
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