Andrew Bird performs in The Current studios

Andrew Bird -Anonanimal (Live at 89.3 The Current) (Minnesota Public Radio/Bo Hakala)
Andrew Bird performs in The Current studio
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Andrew Bird, a Chicago native, has been charming fans with his loop filled, whistling songwriting since the late '90s.

Finding his beginnings in The Squirrel Nut Zippers and his rock group "A Bowl of Fire," Andrew Bird grew his folk/rock loop-filled whistling songwriting style into his signature solo sound. He released his fifth solo album in 2009, titled, Noble Beast.

Andrew Bird and his Minneapolis all-star band stopped by The UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio and performed an intimate show in front of a live studio audience.

Songs performed:
"Fitz and the Dizzy Spells", "Anonanimal",
"Oh No", "Effigy" and "Imitosis".

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  • The Minneapolis Band
    Andrew Bird's Band: Martin Dosh (drums), Mike Lewis (bass), and Jeremy Ylvisaker (guitar). All members are active in the Twin Cities music scene. (Minnesota Public Radio / Eamon Coyne)
  • Jeremy Ylvisaker
    Jeremy Ylvisaker has performed with such Twin Cities' musicians as Mark Mallman, Fog, and Martin Dosh. (Photo: Stacy Schwartz /
  • Bassist Mike Lewis
    Bassist Mike Lewis is also involved in the Twin Cities' band Happy Apple (Minnesota Public Radio / Eamon Coyne)
  • Singer / Songwriter Andrew Bird
    Singer / Songwriter Andrew Bird (Minnesota Public Radio / Eamon Coyne)
  • Minneapolis Rhythm Section
    Andrew Bird's rhythm section of Martin Dosh and Mike Lewis. (Photo: Stacy Schwartz /
  • Andrew Bird graduated from Illinois' Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in violin performance in 1996.
    Andrew Bird graduated from Illinois' Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in violin performance in 1996. (Photo: Stacy Schwartz /
  • Martin Dosh
    Minneapolis-based Martin Dosh has a successful solo career when he's not touring or recording with Andrew Bird (Photo: Stacy Schwartz /
  • Andrew Bird's Gear
    Considering the amount of sound created, Andrew Bird's gear is surprisingly minimal. (Photo: Stacy Schwartz /