Andrew Bird

Price: $32.50 - $40

When: Ended 12/17/12

Where: State Theatre

As if being a whistling, violin-playing singer/songwriter who records most of his music in a western Illinois barn weren’t abnormal enough, Andrew Bird stepped outside his norm this year with not one but two impressive albums. The March release “Break It Yourself” was a feistier and more frazzled collection of new songs from the willowy voiced bard, while last month’s “Hands of Glory” featured rootsy and often damn elegant covers by the likes of Townes Van Zandt, the Handsome Family and Minneapolis’ own Alpha Consumer. The latter band’s leader, Jeremy Ylvisaker, plays guitar in Bird’s band alongside local drummer/keyboardist Martin Dosh, giving this show something of a home-for-the-holidays feeling. Another of his local collaborators, Michael Lewis, will open the show with his beloved jazz group Fat Kid Wednesdays. Chris Riemenschneider