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Andrew Bird @ Largo at The Coronet, 10/19

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"Some people think this song is a stream of consciousness, but it's really about the death of my chickens." said Andrew Bird introducing his song Spare-Ohs off of his new album Armchair Apocrypha. Bird, who is tonight's rock pick (listen to music sample here), went on to tell the charming if slightly morbid tale of his ill-fated 26 chickens that were all slaughtered by some murderous raccoons. In the morning he found their coop empty with feathers floating everywhere. The ravens that lived nearby built nests in Bird's chimney with the feathers of his dead chickens, and then in the winter when he built a fire, the feathers were cremated and spread all over his town. Bird, clearly still torn up over this incident, played a solemn dirge on his violin that looped over and over again as he told his tale. I cannot think of another artist today that would write an ode to his dead chickens.