When: Fri., Aug. 31, 10 p.m. 2012
Though Emmett Kelly is best known as a freelance guitarist who's played beside the likes of Beth Orton, Azita, and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, for more than six years he's also maintained his own project, the Cairo Gang. (He's been using the name since high school, but the first Cairo Gang record didn't come out till 2006.) Kelly is a freakishly versatile player, and though he's always excelled at making gorgeously sad songs (both on his own and in his recent collaborations with Will Oldham), he promises that the latest incarnation of the group will be "pretty fun and for the most part upbeat." The lineup consists of Kelly and Sam Wagster on electric 12-string guitars, Ryan Weinstein of Coffin Pricks on bass, and Field Auxiliary contributor Ben Babbitt on drums; a new album of this "pretty fun" stuff comes out in late September on respected San Francisco indie Empty Cellar. —Miles Raymer Eiren Caffall and the Father Costume open.