“Heretic” by Andrew Bird, from Armchair Apocrypha (Fat Possum):
Original gangster Andrew Bird wields a glock — a glockenspiel. The former Squirrel Nut Zipper, hot sideman and rising solo act plays violin, guitar and percussion in the studio and, depending on the night, onstage. When he takes the spotlight alone, as he will tonight, Bird plucks, picks and strums more than he strikes, augmenting his attack with whistling that would dominate a county fair and plenty of effects that allow him to loop and reshape his pop-jazz-swing hybrid. His sound — sometimes warm and whimsical, sometimes studied and chilly — suggests an avant-garde broadcast from an old mountain stage.
Andrew Bird, with Le Loup. Monday, September 17, at The Granada.