Tuesday, January 11, at El Torreon.

Kelpie 

Tuesday, January 11, at El Torreon.

Until now, Kelpie has largely managed to stay off the national radar, preferring instead to hide out in Lawrence. But that's beginning to change; the playful, guitar-driven band is touring the Midwest and opening for the likes of the Dresden Dolls. The things that set Kelpie apart as a live act are its earnest energy and its complete lack of commitment to any time signature. Kelpie singer Casey Burge -- vocally reminiscent of Sunny Day Real Estate's Jeremy Enigk or Ted Leo -- displays an impressive range that stays mostly upbeat, despite some surprisingly dark lyrics. The band as a whole makes inventive music that's rich, bouncy, sometimes sad, sometimes thoughtful -- and very much its own.

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