Andrew Bird schedules early 2009 tour dates

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In support of his forthcoming full-lenth, Noble Beast, whistling multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird will tour the U.S. in January and February. The tour launches with Bird's first-ever headline performance at Carnegie Hall, on Jan. 28.

Fat Possum will release the album the day before the tour commences, Jan. 27, and it will soon be followed by an instrumental record, Bird says: "I think I have a healthy distrust of words. The whole pretense of writing a song with lyrics is just opens up the possibility for ingenuine things. A melody is pure. Lyrics can be corrupted."

He characterizes Noble Beast as "kind of a steamy, mossy, fecund sort of rainforest. Not like a tropical rainforest. More of a, uh, Pacific Northwestern rainforest." (Sounds like somebody's been hanging out with Colin Meloy, no?) Click here to check out the album info, and listen to the first song. Tour dates below:

January
28 -
New York, N.Y. @ Carnegie Hall
30 - Boston, Mass. @ The Orpheum Theatre

February
3 -
Washington, D.C. @ Club 9:30
4 - Atlanta, Ga. @ The Variety Playhouse
6 - Orlando, Fla. @ The Plaza Theatre
7 - New Orleans, La. @ House of Blues
12 - Austin, Tex. @ The Paramount Theater
13 - Albuquerque, N.M. @ The El Rey Theatre
14 - Tucson, Ariz. @ The Rialto Theater
18 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Orpheum Theatre
19 - San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore
20 - San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore
21 - Portland, Ore. @ The Roseland Theater
23 - Seattle, Wash. @ The Moore Theater
24 - Boise, Idaho @ The Knitting Factory
25 - Murray, Utah @ The Murray Theater
26 - Denver, Colo. @ The Ogden Theater
27 - Omaha, Neb. @ Slowdown

Related links:
News: Andrew Bird, Suzanne Vega blog for New York Times
News: Andrew Bird teases fans with October mini-tour
News: Andrew Bird to tour, let Noble Beast out of cage

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