The Bird and the Bee Tickets
The Bird and the Bee Tickets
Combining a quirky synth-pop sensibility with some of the most gorgeous female vocals ever recorded, The Bird And The Bee are the world's coolest fusion of jazz and pop. If you've never heard them before, then get ready to start falling in love.
The Bird And The Bee took a long break from playing live after 2011, with Inara George taking some time out to focus on motherhood. Despite the growing European fanbase that would pay any price for some The Bird And The Bee tickets, they have never toured outside of the US. Will we ever see them in this part of the world? There are a few tentative dates announced Stateside to promote their latest album, so keep your fingers crossed!
The tongue-in-cheek humour at the heart of The Bird And The Bee was never more pronounced than on their third studio album. Titled Interpreting The Masters, Volume 1, it used a very narrow definition of the word "masters," with the entire album consisting of songs by 80s pop-rock duo Hall And Oates. The project was greeted warmly by its subjects, with John Oates joining the band on stage at an LA gig to bash out such classics as "I Can't Go For That" and "She's Gone."
The Bird And The Bee are a project by two long-established Californian musicians. Inara George, "The Bird," was recording her debut solo album All Rise in 2005 when she connected with Greg Kurstin. Kurstin, "The Bee," is an experienced producer and instrumentalist who had previously worked with people such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Flaming Lips, and Beck. The two instantly bonded over a shared love of jazz and tropicalia, with Kurstin admiring George's voice, while George felt that Kustin's arrangements showed a better understanding of her musical intentions than anyone she had ever worked with. The pair decided immediately that they should work together.
Their first album, the eponymous The Bird And The Bee, was released on legendary jazz label Blue Note. It was an instant critical success, with hip websites such as Allmusic, The AV Club, and Pitchfork listing it as an album of the year. They toured the album around the US as the support act for Lily Allen, who Kurtin had previously produced for. But probably what pushed them towards commercial success was the use of their music in TV shows and movies.
Numerous tracks from The Bird And The Bee and follow-up album, Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future, have been commandeered for use in soundtracks. It all started when their first hit single, "Again & Again," was used in an episode of Grey's Anatomy, with "Polite Dance Song" used in the next series of the same show. Since then, they've shown up in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Funny People, and the movie adaptation of Sex & The City. Their fourth studio album, Recreational Love, is another critical smash and a welcome new direction for the band.
Live shows from The Bird And The Bee have a lot in common with their spiritual ancestors, Sparks and Pet Shop Boys: one moody, motionless figure on keyboards in the background, and one utterly mesmerising frontperson on the microphone. Inara George is energetic, captivating, and has a soaring voice that makes every gig feel intimate, even when they're in a vast arena. It'll make you dance, and you'll feel enchanted, so don't miss out.
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