Shortly after graduation from Northwestern University with a BA in violin performance, Andrew Bird began his career like so many other twenty-something hopefuls…with a self-released album (Music of Hair, 1996). Over the past 18 years, Bird has soared through dive bars and music festivals, making performance pitstops at landmarks like Carnegie Hall and New Orleans’ Preservation Hall. As the Midwestern multi-instrumentalist and world-class whistler prepares to hit the road again this summer in support of his latest release, I Want to See Pulaski at Night, we take a look back at some of our favorite live shots.
In the opening scene of Young Adult, Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) digs through her closet to find an old mixtape with the words “Mad Love, Buddy” scrawled onto Side A. She hops into her shiny new Mini Cooper and jams the cassette into her car stereo. (I realize this seems like a glaring continuity error, but stay with me). Out of the speakers pours Teenage Fanclub‘s “The Concept,” which Mavis replays over and over on her way back home to Mercury, Minnesota.
After hearing this song five times throughout the movie, what’s one more?
With six albums on the table and a turbulent year behind them (remember that whole stolen van fiasco?), the Alaskans of Portugal. The Man are leaning into 2012 with the sun on their faces. The quartet brought their T-Rex inspired glam fuzz and #1 fan Wayne Coyne to the Yonge-Dundas Stage for this year’s NXNE festival.
Patriotic luchadores? Check. Pigmen? Check. Ghost lobsters? Check. Creatures that belong in Pan’s Labyrinth? Check. Androgynous lead singer backed by psychedelic noisemakers? Check. Kevin Barnes and his fellow Of Montreal cohorts sure know how to start a party. They had hips shaking all over Yonge-Dundas Square during their head-tripping NXNE set.
Hailing from the Best Coast, er…West Coast, surf punk sisters Jennifer and Jessica Calvin delivered their lo-fi sound to NXNE fans during Toronto’s most notable indie music festival. Although the sisters of Bleached draw serious comparisons to Bethany Consentino, we can’t get our hands on enough California fuzz pop bands these days, so the more the merrier!