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Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly is widely acknowledged as one of that country’s best, and has been called “virtually a national hero.” He has a new album called “Spring and Fall” that flies in the face of modern music listening habits (random tracks on iPods, single-song downloads): it’s a song cycle, a story told from beginning to end, meant to be listened to in exactly that way.
Kelly appears tonight at the Iron Horse in Northampton at 7 p.m. His nephew Dan Kelly (who co-wrote some songs on the new album) will join him.
Paul Kelley’s songwriting style has been described as “no fuss,” with nothing getting in the way of the story. Sometimes his detailed tales can ride the funny/melancholy line, like “Every F***ing City,” which finds a backpacker following love around Europe to no avail, summing up the experience with, “I can order sandwiches in seven different languages / but every f***ing city looks the same.”
“Spring and Fall” follows two people through the arc of their relationship.
“They are all love songs and the album is a love story,” Kelly said in an interview last year.
The tunes are stripped-down, short, to the point and intimate, perfect for a listening room like the Iron Horse. A highly recommended show.
Northampton Americana trio The Dire Honeys brings its harmonies, mandolin, banjo and acoustic guitar to the Montague Bookmill tonight at 8 p.m. Also on the triple bill are Catfox and Wes Buckley.
It’s a four-band indie-rock festival at Easthampton’s Flywheel tonight, featuring Broken Water (Olympia, Wash.) and locals Bunny’s a Swine, Funsuck and Grammerhorn Wren, at 8 p.m.
“Remembering Ronnie Kwon” is a tribute to the local DJ and final owner of Dynamite Records, who passed away last month from a brain aneurysm at age 38. At the Elevens tonight at 9:30 p.m.
Rocky Roberts and Friends appears at the Luthiers Co-Op in Easthampton tonight at 9:30 p.m. Starting off the evening are Boys By the Door (at 7) and The Smile Makers (at 8).
The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists — featuring progressive guitar god Robert Fripp — will perform at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Hadley Saturday at 7 p.m.
Boston singer/songwriter Corin Ashley, who once toured the Valley with his band The Pills, returns for a solo appearance, sharing a bill with Amherst garage-pop group Save Me John Stockton. At the Basement in Northampton Saturday at 8 p.m.
Fancy Trash plays its “folk for the anti-folk” at the Luthiers Co-Op Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Also on the bill are the Silvertone-strumming Ray Mason (at 7) and Baltic Sun (at 8).
Intimate folk-pop duo Two Tree (from Northampton), Slowdim (alterna-pop from Boston) and Avedis (all-female Valley rock band) will be at the Sierra Grille in Northampton Thursday at 10 p.m.