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Video Du Jour: Mumford & Sons (on “Austin City Limits”)

Posted in News with tags , , on November 16, 2012 by 30daysout

This weekend, tune into the music series “Austin City Limits” for a rollicking encore episode featuring Flogging Molly and Mumford and Sons. The 60-minute show airs on PBS stations nationwide (check your local listings).

Flogging Molly are the Celtic punk rockers from Los Angeles led by singer Dave King, who also writes or co-writes much of the material with other band members. Mumford & Sons is of course the Grammy-nominated British folk rockers whose second studio album Babel is currently atop the Billboard charts.

Here’s “The Cave” from this weekend’s “Austin City Limits.”

And, as a bonus, a behind-the-scenes look at this weekend’s episode.

Austin City Limits official web site

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.

Kiss me, it’s St. Patrick’s Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2011 by 30daysout

Trying to recall St. Patricks’ Days past is always a hazardous endeavor.  If you can’t remember one for some, ah, reason … then you can’t remember any! For the past seven years or so St. Paddy’s Day shenanigans have gotten a little mixed up for me. That’s because it always falls in the middle of SXSW madness – the beer always flows anyway.

Well this year I’m taking some Irish music with me … not that there won’t be some playing around Austin during the festivities. Irish music is a lot like the Cajun music I grew up with – that shit rocks out. And you can’t seem to get enough of it. Nevertheless, here’s my St. Patrick’s Day mix that is good for drinking along to, or not.

MP3: “Irish Drinking Song (Drink And Fight)” by Buck O’ Nine

MP3: “As I Roved Out” by The Hit The Bottle Boys

MP3: “Celtic Rock” by Donovan

MP3: “Whiskey In The Jar” by Thin Lizzy

MP3: “I Useta Lover” by the Saw Doctors

MP3: “Ditch” by Irish Stew Of Sindidun

MP3: “I Know My Love” by Maura O’Connell

MP3: “March To Battle (Across The Rio Grande)” by The Chieftains & Ry Cooder w/Liam Neeson

MP3: “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2

MP3: “And A Bang On The Ear” by the Waterboys

MP3: “Thank Christ For The Kids” by the Mighty Stef

MP3: “Danny Boy” by the Three Irish Tenors

MP3: “Celtic New Year” by Van Morrison

MP3: “Haste To The Wedding” by the Corrs

MP3: “Cracklin’ Rosie” by Shane MacGowan & the Popes

MP3: “Celtic Storm” by the Mighty Regis

MP3: “Whiskey Makes Me Crazy” by The Tossers

MP3: “Tomorrow Comes A Day Too Soon” by Flogging Molly

MP3: “Paint The Town Red 2010” (The Fighter mix) by the Mahones

MP3: “Body Of An American” by the Pogues

MP3: “The Irish Rover” by the Dropkick Murphys

MP3: “Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced” by the Dropkick Murphys

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

Review: “Float,” Flogging Molly

Posted in Review with tags , on April 21, 2008 by 30daysout

Flogging Molly has positioned itself among the energetic rock bands that play the summer festivals, indeed they’ve logged some hours in the Vans Warped tour.  Their sound is Irish pub rock played with punk-ish speed, the band’s accordions and fiddles are turned up just as loud as the electric guitars and drums.  Think the Pogues, but without the bite and the bile.  Float, the fourth studio album for this L.A. outfit, is pretty much interchangeable with their other efforts.  “Requiem For A Dying Song” is fairly representative of this band’s sound.  Singer and lead songwriter Dave King keeps things fairly melodic and the band gamely keeps up with him on one uptempo song after another.  When they slow it down, as on “The Story So Far,” you realize Flogging Molly is capable of doing something downright purty.   I’d give this one three and a half beers.  

MP3: “Requiem For A Dying Song”

MP3: “The Story So Far”

Flogging Molly official website