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Paul Kelly

  • Stag's Head Music Hall RALEIGH NC 106 Glenwood Avenue Raleigh, NC, 27603 United States (map)

Friday, June 30 at 10AM

with special guest JESS CORNELIUS

To everything there is a season. For Paul Kelly, it's time to get the electric guitar out of the case to create one of the most powerful albums of his career.

That's Life Is Fine -- due out in North America on Gawd Aggie/Cooking Vinyl via The Orchard on August 11, 2017 -- in which Kelly fires up with a band of long-time musical friends, captures all the excitement of them playing live in the studio, and delivers a record that crackles with an energy that is reminiscent of his finest '80s recordings.

Sonic diversity rules on the new collection, from the R&B grooves in the sizzling opener, "Rising Moon," to jumping rockers ("Firewood and Candles," "Rock Out on the Sea"), to fun tracks ("Leah: The Sequel") to exquisite and rich tunes (such as "Letters in the Rain," "Petrichor"). Life Is Fine is one of Kelly's strongest and most evocative albums, another treasure to sit proudly on the shelf beside any of his earlier classics.


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"Even in her darkest hour, Cornelius can’t help but rule with a pop aesthetic. It’s most apparent in the urgent first single ‘Dianne’ – a glam-stomping answer to Blondie’s ‘Denis’, best sung into a hairbrush in front of the bedroom mirror (although scratch the surface and the lyrics aren’t as peppy as they seem)." –Jenny Valentish

"A sincere, rocking, earnest weirdo of the sort only Australia could create, her music's what Cat-Power-circa-now would make if she legitimately wanted to punch the world in the face." -USA TODAY


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