Paul Kelly

Indisputably one of the world's most underappreciated songwriters, the Australian Paul Kelly's sense of romanticism might creep up on you, but it's rich in perseverance. A Kelly tune doesn't thump its listener in the heart so much as it evokes profound memories of a rainy night, a look, or an article of clothing that will forever retain significance. Not all of us can pretend-fly on the front of the Titanic with DiCaprio's arms around our hips. Such grand flourishes are the stuff of short-lived trysts, whereas Kelly's candid tales speak to the peaks and valleys of unconditional commitment, and err toward affirmation. With Kail Baxley. MIKE SEELY

Thu., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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