Paul Kelly

If Bob Dylan were to play Australia, he'd fill any-sized venue he desired. But when Paul Kelly tours the States, he books venues like the exquisite Triple Door. Kelly, you see, is the Dylan of the Outback. Granted, that's an overly simplistic comparison: While the two artists share a nasal vocal quality, Kelly's more melodic; his instrumentation, while grounded in folk, leans poppier than Dylan's (if Dylan humped World Party, Kelly's oeuvre is about what you'd get); and lyrically, Kelly's more local and personal, like Springsteen or Sexsmith (as in Ron). But when any country's Dylan plays anywhere, you should probably go see him, and Kelly's gigs, a rarity stateside, are no exception. He's backing a recently-released A to Z boxed set which sees Kelly performing over 100 tracks in alphabetical order in a handful of American cities. So shout out a letter as he takes the stage if you've got a track you're dying to hear. MIKE SEELY

Sun., March 25, 7:30 p.m.; Mon., March 26, 7:30 p.m., 2012

 
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