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Live: Dropkick Murphys, Houston

Posted in Review with tags , , , on February 29, 2012 by 30daysout

The Dropkick Murphys at Houston's House of Blues.

St. Patrick’s Day is not too far away, but we are going to be in the clutches of Austin’s South by Southwest cluster f**k that day. So a Dropkick Murphys visit to Houston’s House of Blues was certainly a good way to take an early dip into the drunken, green part of the season.

The Murphys are, of course, Boston’s answer to Irish rockers The Pogues and perhaps the true heirs apparent to those punk rock pioneers. Led by the tandem of lead singer Al Barr and bassist/vocalist Ken Casey, the band only occasionally takes its collective foot off the accelerator pedal during its shows – which means that the uptempo stompers make up about 90 percent of its setlist.

Husband-wife team Finny and Katie McConnell front The Mahones.

But you can’t deny the charm of “Peg O’ My Heart”  or the title song from the latest album Going Out In Style, as well as the rousing closer “The State of Massachusetts.”  The Murphys aren’t afraid to turn it up – my left ear is still ringing a bit the next day – but they still deftly manage to showcase the considerable skills of multi-instrumentalist Jeff DaRosa (who was so energetic and skillful it seemed he played at least two different stringed instruments each song!), bagpipist/tin whistler Josh “Scruffy” Wallace and lead guitarist Tim Brennan.

Toward the end of the Murphys’ set they pulled out some stools and did a few tunes acoustically, including the terrific “Warrior’s Code” and “Devil’s Brigade.” Then, after the rollicking one-two-three punch of “The Irish Rover,” “Captain Kelly’s Kitchen” and “The State of Massachusetts” to end the main set, for an encore the Murphys invited as many women onstage to slur and sway through a woozy “Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced.” They shut the place with Brennan power-chording through a cover of AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Cheap” and a tag with “Citizen C.I.A.”

Frank Turner, left, poses with a happy fan.

The Murphys were supported by a strong opening bill of The Mahones, a Canadian quintet anchored aurally by lead singer and songwriter Finny McConnell and visually by accordionist Katie McConnell (yeah, they’re married). They got things jumping with their “Paint The Town Red” from the movie The Fighter.

And a good word for Frank Turner, an excellent English singer/songwriter who had some rockin’ songs. Even his fine band, roaring at top form, couldn’t obscure his clever and rousing lyrics, especially in the anthems “Rock and Roll Romance” and “I Still Believe.” Any time you get a chance to seek out Frank Turner (try an upcoming Dropkick Murphys date, maybe) please do so, and tell him we sent ya.

Dropkick Murphys official website

The Mahones official website

Frank Turner official website

"Kiss Me, I'm Shitfaced" was the Murphys' woozy encore.

YouTube: “Going Out In Style” by the Dropkick Murphys

YouTube: “Paint The Town Red” by the Mahones

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