Live photos: Andrew Bird at the Bell House

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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Fans of Andrew Bird were in swoony, linguistically inclined heaven on Saturday night, when the Chicago songman played a secret show at the Bell House in Gowanus. Billed as "The Useless Creatures," the gig was in celebration of brand-new album Break It Yourself—which Bird and band (including mainstay drummer Martin Dosh) played in full. "Take off your shoes!" yelled one enthusiastic fan to the singer. "Ten years of jumping up and down without your shows on does something to your knees," replied Bird, affably. If you haven't already heard Break It Yourself, it's a warm, upbeat affair, which Bird described on Saturday as a blast to play live; accordingly, he grinned a lot (which is fairly unusual). For the show's first encore, the band returned with an upright bass and acoustic guitar and gathered around a single mike. "This is the part of the show we call old-timey," Bird said, introducing a Charley Patton number. And sure, the violin sounded a little high in the mix—but what a joy, to get to see a show in the works like this, creases and all.

Andrew Bird and his band will be back in May to play two nights at the Beacon Theatre.

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