Andrew Bird is an astounding combination of songwriter, violinist, guitarist, vocalist and professional whistler. His sample-and-loop solo performances have been tripping triggers for years, but his true talents lie in composing lush, orchestral melodies peppered with gypsy jazz licks. Bird's latest release "Armchair Apocrypha" is his most rock-oriented to date, highlighting his electric guitar moves and cunning-linguist talents on tracks like "Imitosis." Percussionist/keyboardist Martin Dosh figures prominently in the album's arrangements, but he'll have to skip this Lawrence date to fulfill a solo commitment. Here's betting Mr. Bird will come up with something equally engaging in Dosh's absence.