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Sunday, May 10, 2009

May 14 at the Velvet Lounge

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Brian Kelly was born too late. Going by the musical handle So Cow, he has the record-it-today, release-it-on-a-cheap-cassette-tomorrow aesthetic of 1983 running through his veins. Kelly is from Tuam, Ireland, and has a mess of songs that recall the spindly, propulsive electric-guitar pop of the Television Personalities, Wreckless Eric and Billy Bragg (if Bragg wasn't all serious). One of the new So Cow releases is a charming self-titled compilation that helpfully collects Kelly's best recorded moments. The other is "So Cow in a Shed," a covers EP (that can be downloaded for free) in which he tackles the Who's "Boris the Spider," 1970s Korean psychedelic folk queen Kim Jung Mi and Tracey Ullman's "They Don't Know." Go see which of them he plays at the Velvet. Just look for the guy with the guitar who looks like Corey Feldman in "Stand by Me."

-- Patrick Foster


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