RIYL: Andrew Bird

June 5, 2014
Photo: Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird's Baroque Pop style usually finds him picking or strumming the strings of his violin accompanied with his especially beautiful whistling.
If you’re like me, then you find Andrew Bird sounds just like a warm summer evening under the stars. In fact, you may get a chance to see him this summer at Chautauqua Auditorium on June 19 and 20, if you already bought a ticket (unfortunately both shows are sold out now). He’s also announced a new album that will be out later this year. In the meantime, here are a few other artists you might enjoy:
DeVotchKa

This Colorado band got their start as a backing band for burlesque shows, and they’ve been around now for close to two decades. Their latest album was recorded live with the Colorado Symphony, and they already have another concert planned with the Symphony this summer at Red Rocks.  
They walk a fine line between folk rock and gypsy punk and, like Bird, are known to include strings and whistling.
M. Ward

A busy man in 2012, Matthew Ward aka M. Ward put out two albums with his side project She & Him as well as his latest solo album, “A Wasteland Companion.” He, like Bird, is a multi-instrumentalist, but allows the majority of the weight of his music to be carried by his lyrics.
Owen Pallet/Final Fantasy

Owen Pallett, formerly Final Fantasy, is a singer and multi-instrumentalist like Andrew Bird. He and Bird share a similar vocal range and affinity for strings and loops. His latest album "In Conflict" came out this month.
Ian Cooke

A Colorado cellist who’s also branched out into children’s writing with his latest album “Fortitude.” Ian, his cello, and a loop pedal can bring more music to a live show than many four piece bands.
Shenandoah Davis

A Seattle musician whose music has been called everything from parlour music to new folk to orchestral pop. She grew up classically trained, but now finds her inspiration in the likes of Owen Pallett and even Van Dyke Parks.