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Live: Flogging Molly, Austin

Posted in Review with tags , , on April 29, 2011 by 30daysout

Flogging Molly played at the new ACL Live venue in Austin.

Editor’s Note: Our Austin correspondent Lily Angelle attended a taping of “Austin City Limits” at the TV show’s new home, a 2,700-person-capacity venue called ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. Irish punk rockers Flogging Molly taped an episode for the venerable TV show’s 37th season on PBS, premiering this fall (exact airdates TBD).

“Austin City Limits” welcomed the energetic Celtic punk band Flogging Molly Tuesday night, who flew all the way from Belgium to perform for an episode of ACL’s 37th season, and to also give a show at Stubb’s the following night.

It was my first time to see the new ACL studio, and I was impressed with the new layout. While still maintaing the intimate setting, the new studio provides much more seating, and has bars on either side of the stage. The signature Austin skyline backdrop, slightly altered, glowed casually behind the stage; the UT tower and State Capitol buildings were nicely illuminated, and the new Frost Bank Tower takes its place now on the famous TV backdrop.

The new Austin skyline as seen on "Austin City Limits."

Flogging Molly shared a few songs off their latest album Speed of Darkness, while also appeasing the crowd with favorites such as “The Worst Day Since Yesterday,” and “If I Ever Leave This World Alive.” Their blend of traditional folk with punk caused much foot stomping, clapping and head bobbing. Frontman Dave King engaged the audience with stories of his father, daughter and life in Ireland and Detroit. Their set was on point and lasted a little over an hour, which proved to be a perfect and satisfying performance.

Last year “Austin City Limits” moved its production from the University of Texas to the new theater downtown. The night before Flogging Molly, Mumford and Sons appeared for a taping of the show and more appearances this summer will include Raphael Saadiq (June 9), Adele (June 13), Florence and the Machine (June 16), Black Joe Lewis and the Relatives (June 20) and Miranda Lambert (July 20).

Austin City Limits official website

Flogging Molly official website

Flogging Molly - catch 'em on tour this summer.

Review: “Live at the Greek Theatre,” Flogging Molly

Posted in Review with tags , , on March 10, 2010 by 30daysout

Pretty much any time the Irish-punk band Flogging Molly plugs in to play, it’s instantly St. Patrick’s Day.  As the real date approaches next week, the band has released Live at the Greek Theatre, a three-disc package documenting the band’s high-energy set.

Two discs of music and one DVD in a specially priced package is a pretty good deal from this rockin’ band – true to form, the album kicks off with some slow balladry that explodes into the rollicking “The Likes Of You Again.”  And the energy never flags over the 22-song set: “Requiem For A Dying Song” and “Devil’s Dance Floor” are anthems, the latter taken at breakneck speed.  You can’t help but sing along, or maybe even break into a jig.

“Drunken Lullabies,” the title song from the band’s second studio album, is a highlight and so is “The Lightning Storm,” dedicated to Johnny Cash.  Frontman Dave King has a great voice, and he’s mixed front and center to give the listener a full musical experience without sacrificing the “live” energy.

There are a couple of other bands out there mixing traditional Celtic sounds with fiery punk rock: the Pogues, from the 1970s, are probably better songwriters and musicians, while the Dropkick Murphys probably are harder rockin’ than any of them.  Now that the Pogues’ Shane MacGowan has damaged himself with excess, neither of those bands have a savvy mastermind like Molly’s Dave King; his incredible talent makes Flogging Molly a worthy ticket live or on record.  Live at the Greek Theatre is a perfect soundtrack for any St. Paddy’s Day party.

MP3: “Drunken Lullabies”

Flogging Molly official website