Eclectic, eccentric, and often electric, chamber-popmeister Andrew Bird returns with his Minneapolis-heavy band after bookending the year with a pair of very different albums. March's Break It Yourself twists and turns on loops and quirky fragments of wide-ranging classical, pop, and folk influences while fashioning a laid-back ambiance. October's Hands of Glory has an autumnal feel and is dominated by dusty Americana roots. There's a harrowing, twangy cover of the Handsome Family's "When That Helicopter Comes," and an aching, sagebrush-tinged version of Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You." Bird's stark, mournful reading of "Orpheo" contrasts with the sprightly, Celtic-laced rendition on Yourself. As usual, Bird's band will include two key local collaborators — guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker and drummer Martin Dosh — along with jazz-oriented bassist Alan Hampton. The local jazz outfit Fat Kid Wednesdays, whose members have also worked closely with Bird, will open.
Mon., Dec. 17, 7 p.m., 2012