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September 28, 2009

Beau Velasco, co-founder of The Death Set, is dead

beauBeau Velasco, co-founder of critically acclaimed Baltimore/New York/Philadelphia electro-punk group The Death Set, died yesterday in Brooklyn, the band's manager confirmed today.

Details of Velasco's death have not been released, but his band mate Johnny Siera posted this message on the band's Facebook page:

R.I.P. my dear brother, friend and band mate Beau Velasco. We are all so devestated that I will keep this short. We love you and you will be missed. You affected us all so much in the most positive ways. Our lives would not be as is if not for you. W...e love you. For all those who wish to pay their respects we will let the details known soon.

The Death Set came together in mid-2005 in Australia, and moved to Baltimore shortly thereafter. They released the album "Worldwide" in 2008 on Counter Records, an imprint of Ninja Tune.

Local composer Dan Deacon lived next to Velasco and Siera in the Copycat Building when they first moved to Baltimore.

"beau was the definition of a solid guy," Deacon wrote in an e-mail. "i don't know what to say beyond that. he was just a really great guy and its real shame what happened."

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:53 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Local music



Umm, that's a photo of Johnny and Pete, not Beau.

I bet it wasn't natural causes.

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