Mike Andrews

Thursday, June 29, Bluebird Theater, 1-866-468-7621.

Mike Andrews, who handles six-string duties for the Greyboy Allstars, is well established in both the visual and aural mediums. His prolific composing credits include scoring the 1988 cult flick Donnie Darko, as well as songwriting contributions to Miranda July's film Me and You and Everyone We Know and the defunct sitcom Freaks and Geeks. Currently touring in support of his solo debut, Hand on String -- on which he manipulates nearly all of the instruments in play -- Andrews echoes vintage acoustic troubadours such as Nick Drake and Cat Stevens, juxtaposing mellow, sunny soul with eerie and consumptive darkness. Although the music on Hand is a marked departure from the Allstars' jazz- and funk-tinged boogie, it's equally ambitious. Considering that Andrews rarely performs outside the context of the Allstars, this solo ramble is not to be missed. Psych-folk act Biirdie opens the show.

 
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