Dropkick Muphys Launch “From Boston To Berkeley Tour” With Rancid

tourRancid and The Dropkick Murphys are currently on the road for their co-headlining ‘From Boston To Berkeley Tour.’  The Dropkick Murphys continue to support their latest effort, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory album, while Rancid is touring in support of their new Trouble Maker album.

Tour dates are below.

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Video: Dropkick Murphys – Until The Next Time

dropkick-murphysCeltic punk band Dropkick Murphys has premiered a new music video.  The video features the track, “Until The Next Time,” and appears on their upcoming full length, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, which dropped back in January via Born & Bred Records.  Front man Ken Casey explains the video:

“The music video for ‘Until The Next Time’ was directed by our longtime friend and amazing photographer Gregory Nolan during our 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory Tour in both Europe and the U.S. This song is about our relationship with YOU, the best fans on the planet. It’s about the memories and the great friends we’ve made along the way…about the pleasure of coming to so many cities that we feel we can almost call home, and the bittersweet moments of having to say goodbye and move on to the next town every night.”

Watch the video below.

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Me First And The Gimme Gimmes Added To ‘It’s Not Dead 2’

It's Not Dead 2017Me First And The Gimme Gimmes have been added to the already stacked lineup for It’s Not Dead 2, one of the America’s largest punk rock festivals. It’s Not Dead is returning to Southern California’s Glen Helen Amphitheater on August 26th after a two-year break. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes join previously announced co-headliners Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, plus A Wilhelm Scream, Buzzcocks, Channel 3, The Casualties, Down By Law, The Exploited, The Flatliners, GBH, Good Riddance, Guttermouth, The Interrupters, Kevin Seconds, Mad Caddies, Off!, Runaway Kids, The Selecter, The Toasters, Wraths, U.S. Bombs, Voodoo Glow Skulls and many more

Tickets for It’s Not Dead 2 can be purchased here

It’s Not Dead Festival Returns To California For 2017

It's Not Dead 2017Old and new-school punk rock fans demanded it, and Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has delivered, It’s Not Dead, one of the country’s largest punk rock festivals, is returning to Southern California this summer, after a two-year break. It’s Not Dead will once again invade the Glen Helen Amphitheater Festival Grounds on Saturday, August 26, with another massive line-up of bands on four stages.

Tickets for It’s Not Dead will be available from 9am on Monday 20th March here

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Tours: Dropkick Murphys / Rancid

dropkick-murphysCeltic punk band Dropkick Murphys has announced that they will be heading on tour with street punk legends Rancid for the joint Boston To Berkeley Tour, kicking off July 27 in Bangor, ME and wrapping August 26 in Southern California.  The band continues to support their latestLP, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, which released back in January via Born & Bred Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys

11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory

Born & Bred Records

Rating: 4/5




I have to admit, it’s been awhile since I’ve truly “connected” with a Dropkick Murphys album.  That isn’t to say I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed tracks from Signed And Sealed In Blood, or moments of Going Out In Style, but it’s been nearly a decade since I’ve been giddy to sit through an entire Dropkicks album during repeat listens.  Hence my shock when the Celtic heavyweights’ ninth studio album, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory, instantly began to seep under my skin, hook me in, and keep me coming back for more time and again.

A closer look though, and a subtle irony emerges from the “addicting” nature of the band’s latest output.  In fact, the album’s central themes are deeply rooted in the band’s experiences managing The Claddagh Fund.  A charity founded by the band on the principle of supporting addiction rehabilitation, along with children and veterans, the work has undoubtedly found the band crossing the paths of many of society’s most vulnerable.  Thankfully, my draw to 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory is due to an entirely different type of addiction – that of anthemic chorus cries, and big, bolstered gang vocals.

Despite the somber inspiration, the album isn’t an inherently sad affair.  Rather, The Dropkick Murphys do what they do best, exploring difficult circumstance through celebration of individual strength and resilience.  11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory sets a courageous tone, opening with the lyricless battlecry of “The Lonesome Boatman.”  Building from the crisp celtic cry of a tin whistle, the band collectively belts in booming unison for an undeniable dose of sheer tenacity.  These are the moments that Dropkick Murphys are known for, and without uttering a single word, they deliver.  Once Casey and Barr pipe up, the prideful theme of perseverance resonates directly during flagship choruses like that of “Paying My Way.”  Against a slow burning tempo and subtle musical concoction of harmonica, acoustic strums, and thunderous drums comes an inspiring pick-me-up: “don’t count me out, I’m a survivor, I chase these streets down city streets, dead-end roads that no one sees, I’m proud to be a fighter.”  Other calls to solidarity and support include a galvanizing take on Gary & The Pacemakers’ “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” new fan favourite “Blood,” and a mandolin infused memorial to the Boston bombing in “4-15-13.”  11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory finds The Dropkick Murphys at their most sincere.

But for those that might be looking for something a little lighter to add to their St. Patty’s Day playlists, there’s no lack of hearty old time brawlers.  Look no further than “I Had A Hat,” which leads the charge with quick-tempoed, punch-first-ask-questions-later mentality.  Amidst a fired-up punk-rock tempo, ruckus banjo and spirited accordion, the band playfully describes poor Casey’s misguided reaction to a missing hat at an otherwise quiet wake.  “I had a hat when I came in, I hung it on the rack, I’ll have a hat when I go out, or I’ll break somebody’s back,” belts vocalist Casey in his signature gravelly tone.  With a quick wit and catchy chorus, “I Had A Hat” marks yet another surefire Dropkick Murphys classic.

All in all, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory really hits the mark.  The balance between slow burners and breakneck brawlers is impeccable, and the overarching thematic awareness makes for an album that’s worth more than the sum of its parts.  The Dropkick Murphys may have not hit the mark as readily over the past few years, but with 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory, they just landed a bullseye.

Video: Dropkick Murphys – Paying My Way

dropkick-murphysCeltic punk band Dropkick Murphys has premiered a new music video.  The video features the track, “Paying My Way,” and will appear on their upcoming full length, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, and is set to drop on January 6, 2017 via Born & Bred Records.  Front Man Ken Casey comments:

Paying My Way is not just about paying your bills… It’s about doing what you have to do in order to be a good person. But at the end of the day, never losing sight of the fact that doing the next right thing may lead to great things one day.”

Watch the video here.

Video: Dropkick Murphys – You’ll Never Walk Alone

dropkick-murphysCeltic punk band Dropkick Murphys has premiered a new song.  The track is a re-envisioning of the celtic classic, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and will appear on their upcoming full length, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, and is set to drop on January 6, 2017 via Born & Bred Records.

Listen to the song below.

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Dropkick Murphys Announce New Album And Tour; Premiere New Song

dropkick-murphysCeltic punk band Dropkick Murphys have announced details for their next full length, and released a lyric video for the track “Blood.”  The album will be titled 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, and is set to drop on in early January.  Bassist Ken Casey commented on the recording process:

“To me, the whole journey starts with the fact we actually agreed to go – and then went – to Texas. Because we’ve never left home to make a record. As everyone’s lives have become crazier and busier with kids and families, it’s gotten harder to buckle down at home. We decided to leave Boston, go down to literally the middle of nowhere and lock ourselves in a room.”

The band will be heading on tour in the new year in support of the new tunes.  Check them out and stream “Blood” below.

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Tours: Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick MurphysBoston staple Dropkick Murphys has announced additional dates for their twentieth anniversary tour in 2016.  Check out the new list below.  Tiger Army and Darkbuster will serve as support.

The band released Signed And Sealed In Blood back in 2013.  

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Dropkick Murphy’s 20th Anniversary Tour

Dropkick MurphysBoston’s legendary Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys have announced dates for their 20 Year Anniversary Tour starting next year.

The North American tour kicks off February 18 at House Of Blues in Cleveland and wraps with the band’s traditional hometown run of Boston shows St. Patrick’s Day week (March 17-20, 2016). 

The tour will feature Tiger Army as opening act who will be touring behind their first new album in over seven years, along with Boston’s Darkbuster. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, November 27th.

The band’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day dates in Boston will be highlighted by a special 20 Year Anniversary Show at Boston University’s Agganis Arena on Saturday, March 19 that will also feature performances from a “very special surprise band”, plus Boston hardcore legends Slapshot, and The Fenian Sons. Doors open at 3:30 PM and music starts at 4:30 PM.

Following the Agganis Arena show, the band will host an official afterparty at House Of Blues on Lansdowne Street in Boston from 9:00 PM through 1:00 AM featuring pro boxing and “some musical surprises.” Read More…

Dropkick Murphys Plan 20th Anniversary Tour For 2016

Dropkick MurphysBoston staples Dropkick Murphys has announced plans for their twentieth anniversary tour in 2016.  The band has yet to release more beyond a hometown show, but dates are expected to follow.

The band released Signed And Sealed In Blood back in 2013.

Punk Rock Bowling 2015 Announces Lineup

prb20151Punk Rock Bowling, the Las Vegas based punk festival due to take place on the memorial day weekend (May 22-25th) has announced it’s lineup for 2015 will feature the likes of Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Refused and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones amongst others, however legendary UK hardcore band Discharge have had to cancel their appearance and have been replaced by TSOL.

Tickets for PRB 2015 are available from Jan 10th via their website and you can check out the full list of bands below.

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Tour: Dropkick Murphys (UK)

Dropkick MurphysBoston Irish punk legends Dropkick Murphy’s have announced a series of shows across the UK and Ireland in March 2015. The band are still out supporting their latest full length, 2013’s Signed and Sealed in Blood (Born and Bred Records) and this tour included two shows on St Patrick’s Day in Dublin. 

Check the full list of dates below.

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Live Concert Review

Dropkick Murphys, Ganggreen, Lost City Angels, Darkbuster

Live (Oct. 21st, 2005)

Red's - Edmonton, Alberta




The Boston Invasion Tour took a long time to Edmonton. For the couple of weeks leading up to the show, my mind was going crazy and I really needed a concert to go to and relieve some stress in the pit. So when the night finally came, I was pumped and while some of my friends were busy getting wasted at a party, I was dripping sweat in the mosh pit.

Darkbuster came on first, and while I had never heard a single song from them beforehand, they put on a great show and convinced me to pick up their CD (which is great, so buy it if you can). The crowd got into it right away. You couldn’t help but enjoy yourself as you threw your fist up in the air with shouts of “Oi!”. Songs like Try To Make It Right, Skinhead (I think), Whiskey Will, and Should Have Known all got the crowd running in circles; but the highlight of their set, for me anyway, was the reggae styled Rudy. This is the song that convinced me that I needed to buy the CD. They kicked off the night perfectly and left the stage with tons of new fans – I mean, not many bands could play the music from a jack-in-the-box and actually make it fit in a punk concert.

Next up was Lost City Angels; and while they put on a pretty decent set, there’s not much to say about them. The crowd was excited and into it, but you would’ve had to have been really bad for this crowd not to get excited. The vocals seemed to be overpowered by the instruments for the most part and they didn’t really do anything that memorable.

Ganggreen was up next, the final band before Dropkick Murphys and they really were able to elevate the energy and excitement floating throughoutRed’s. Throughout the entire set they got the crowd involved as they ripped through songs like Kill A Commie and Out On The Coach – but the climax of their set came, appropriately, at the end. During the final song, Alcohol, all hell broke loose as the Murphys‘ Marc Orrell took the see-through glass guitar from Ganggreen’s singer to let him have full range around the stage. So as he went crowd surfing, members from both Darkbuster and Lost City Angelscame onto the stage to sing the choruses into the mics. The effect worked perfectly as everyone was know twice as excited for Dropkick Murphys as before.

But now the time had come for the headliners to come on and play, and they sure didn’t disappoint. Of course, this show’s set list was quite different from the set list of two years ago because it featured a fair few songs from their new studio full length, The Warriors Code; so although they missed a few of my favorite songs, it was nice to hear some new ones being played live.

The crowd barely had a chance to rest as they ripped through song after song with practically no banter. The crowd was happy to sing along with Al Barr as he sung songs like Which Side Are You On, Buried Alive, Worker’s Song, Heroes From Our Past, The Gauntlet, Captain Kelly’s Kitchen, Sunshine Highway, The Walking Dead, The Burden and the traditional Auld Triangle. The only time they really stopped to talk was before The Fields Of Athenry, where they told the story of Sgt. Andrew Ferrar and how they played this new version at his funeral.

The fact that the Murphys actually played The Spicy McHaggis Jig and got all the girls up on the stage to dance is what made the night that much better. The song is just simply amazing, and set the tone for the last two songs when everyone, including all the opening bands, just filled up the stage to sing along with the band.

The show was a lot of fun – just like any Dropkick Murphys show is, but there was one thing that annoyed the hell out of me. All the drunk Dropkick Murphys fan shouting “Let’s Go Murphys!” even before Darkbuster hit the stage. Sure, they were excited, but there were still three bands to see before the headliner – and them constantly shouting that became annoying after a while.


Live Concert Review

Dropkick Murphys, The Briggs, The Tossers

Live (Nov. 9th, 2007)

Edmonton Events Centre - Edmonton, Alberta




Dropkick Murphys, The Briggs and The Tossers all together in one night of pure chaotic glory? The show was easily poised to be one of the more memorable shows of 2007; so much so that it was sold out weeks in advance and people were desperately searching for extra tickets hours before doors opened. If they were able to scavenge up some tickets they were lucky, because anyone who missed the show definitely missed out.

After local openers Run Runners finished their energetic set, Chicago’s Celtic punk rockers The Tossers hit the stage, set to play a wide selection of songs from their entire catalogue. Opening up with the raucous Goodmornin’ Da, the band played mostly their high energy tracks, successfully getting the pit moving along with them. With very little said in between songs other than the occasional “Cheers!” and song explanation, The Tossers just stuck with the music; switching from No Loot, No Booze, No Fun to Siobhan and Where Ya Been Johnny? without any hesitation. The addition of Altercations got the crowd singing “Fuck The Police!” back at them while the inclusion of the three minute instrumental The Sheep In The Boots toned it down a bit too. Despite not doing anything extraordinary with their thirty minute time slot, they did not fail to entertain at all with their more traditional take on Celtic Punk and those in the crowd who hadn’t known them before were sure to remember their name in the future.

Next came up LA’s The Briggs and even now, a good twenty hours since seeing them hit the stage, I’m still in awe. It has been far too long since I’ve seen a performance like the one they put on last night. Tearing up the stage for a solid forty five minutes, the band was frantic, engaging and energetic. They jumped into the crowd, climbed on the speakers, crowd surfed and pulled the fans close towards them. They rarely, if ever, took a moment’s rest and instead crammed as many songs as possible into their set. Opening up with One Shot Down, the band played through songs like Back To Higher Ground, Keep Us Alive, Third World War, Dead Men (Don’t Tell Tales), Song of Babylon, Wasting Time, Waiting In The Shadows, and Song For Us. Within no time the band, and the crowd, were drenched in sweat. The band had no gimmicks up their sleeve, other than the urging for the crowd participation of “woooaah!,” and they didn’t need any either as the music and intensity had the crowd under their control anyway. It was one of the most memorable shows I’ve seen in a while and a band I would rush out to see again if the opportunity arose and I’d urge anyone to do the same. Once the band finished up Bored Teenagers and left the stage, I couldn’t help but think to myself that if the show was to end right there I would have been happy. It was just that good of a set, I don’t know how else to explain it.

But of course, The Briggs weren’t there to end the show, but to warm the crowd up for Boston’s almighty Dropkick Murphys who took the stage after a twenty or so minute set change. The band stepped into Famous For Nothing and the crowd was instantly awash with movement and knew what to expect for the evening. Just like always, the band filled the stage with members and excitement. They sounded good and even brought out a piano on the stage for the inclusion of songs like Tessie. Tthe only downside of the evening was that Al Barr’s vocals were a little muffled throughout the set, something that normally doesn’t happen for them.

The band focused mainly on newer material like God Willing, (F)lannigan’s Ball, The State Of Massachusetts but also dipped into some older cuts like Wild Rover, Heroes From Our Past, Captain Kelly’s Kitchen, Boys On The Docks, Citizen CIA, The Gang’s All Here, Fields of Athenry, The Warrior’s Code, The Auld Triangle and fan favorite Barroom Hero. It was no surprised that they performed mainly newer songs from The Meanest Of Times and The Warrior’s Code, but I will admit I was shocked not to hear Spicy McHaggis Jig, Walk Away or For Boston; at least they made it up with the inclusion of Worker’s Song though.

Of course, without the performance of Spicy McHaggis Jig, the band still needed to get the ladies up on the stage and opted to use the great drinking song Kiss Me I’m Shitfaced to accomplish the task for the final song of their set. Once the stage was cleared of the fans and a rousing chant of “Let’s Go Murphys!” came to an end, the band walked back on the stage with the newly popularized Shipping Out To Boston before ending the evening with two old tracks, Skinhead On the MTBA (which one again got everyone up on the stage) and a cover of Gang Green‘s Alcohol.

The odd thing of the night thought was that despite the band not doing anything wrong, I couldn’t help but feel slightly disappointed. There’s no real explanation for it, and for the most part the show was great, but there was something there holding it back from it becoming phenomenal and while there was no real reasoning behind it, it was still my least favorite time seeing them live; so when I think back on this night it is The Briggs who shine through instead of the headliners.

Live Concert Review

Dropkick Murphys, Against Me!, Off With Their Heads

Live (Feb. 26th, 2011)

Congress Theater- Chicago, IL




Plastic cups of Guinness are raised high in the air, if you are not wearing a green t-shirt, you are the minority my friend, the dude next to you has whiskey breath, and his wasted girlfriend is dancing like she’s Irish (for today at least); is it Saint Patrick’s Day? Not quite yet, but the Dropkick Murphys brought two nights of premature St. Patrick’s Day fun to unite the Irish, frat bros, punk rockers, and everyone else looking for a good time.

The Dropkick Murphys dropped into Chicago Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, 27 at the Congress Theater, a venue where the capacity is near 4,000 and a can (not a tallboy) of PBR will cost you 5 bucks a pop. That aside, the venue brings in a lot of great acts, including October’s Riot Fest. I was at the Sunday show which hosted Off With Their Heads, Against Me!, and The Murphys of course. The Saturday bill had the same line-up except Naked Raygun played instead of Against Me!.

Off With Our Heads (OWTH) did not give Chicago much time to miss them with just rolling through town with Less than Jake on February 3. Their 30-40 minute, almost 15 song set was a mix of tracks off In Desolation, From the Bottom, and 2 songs from Hospitals. The floor was packed and the front and center portion of the crowd embraced OWTH’s speedy return to town. Along with the decent sized pit that was in full force during songs like “Their Own Medicine,” “I Am You,” and “Terrorist Attack?,” there was plenty of fists pumping and scattered sing alongs amongst crowd members.

Singer/guitarist Ryan Young admitted that they’ve been playing the same songs for a while, and played “I Just Want You to Know” and “ZZYZX,” two songs they did not play last time in Chicago. Overall, the band energy was felt more in the music than their on-stage presence. OWTH did not move around stage too much, but killed the songs. They packed as much music into their set as possible, without stopping to make chit-chat. The mixed crowd of old dudes with their flap caps, bros in green, girlfriends clenching onto said bros, and the everyday punk rock t-shirt 20-somes clapped with seeming approval as “Clear the Air” ended and Young explained, “Thanks Motherfuckers!”

After a quick twenty minute set change, a banner adorning Against Me!’s (AM!) latest release, White Crosses dropped while Tom Gabel and the gang took the stage. AM! pounded into “Pints of Guinness Make You Strong,” a fitting track for the Murphys direct support to start with. After this pot of gold, I figured my luck would disappear and the band would trek into lesser enjoyed and listened to tracks, but I was pleasantly surprised with a blow away set list.

AM! played nearly half of As the Eternal Cowboy, a personal favorite, with tracks I haven’t heard live in years. Everyone in the band had big smiles on their faces, bassist Andrew Seward was running back and forth on-stage throughout the set, and they sounded great. Gabel looked reminiscent of Tim McIlrath during the Fat years with his flowing, curly, near shoulder length hair. Gabel’s voice sounded great, he was rocking through the instrumental parts, and every song was dead on.

The front portion of the floor went crazy for songs like “From Her Lips to God’s Ears (The Energizer),” “Rice and Bread,” and “Walking is Still Honest.” A good portion of the crowd was familiar with the set and if not pogoing up and down, at least singing along. Songs like “Thrash Unreal” and “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” had more of the nearly full venue dancing around as their whiskey shots started to take toll. AM! stole the show as they played the shit out of their music, never stopped moving, and the a never ending positive-vibe they displayed on-stage. You could tell they were happy to be there, having the best time ever and really would rather be in-front of these people playing their songs than anywhere else.

The Dropkick Murphys (DKM) are currently touring in support of their new album, Going Out in Style, released March 1, 2011. Going Out in Style is the band’s seventh full-length studio album and the follow-up to 2007’s The Meanest of Times. DKM blend punk rock, Celtic folk, and American rock ‘n roll to create a style of music that draws in everyone from frat boys to punk rockers to teenage girls. The near capacity venue was no exception this evening, packed with people of all ages and styles.

The band took the stage with the cover of Going Out in Style in the background, an elaborate, elevated set-up where a back-up strings section sat, and green and red lights throughout the performance. Lead vocalist Al Barr moved back and forth the stage dressed from head-to-toe in black with black converse. His energy was matched by his six band members playing everything from the bagpipes to the mandolin and accordion.

The venue is big enough that several pits broke-out, but nothing got too crazy in the crowd. The audience mostly jumped around while pumping their fists in the air, and the pits were small and tame. In previous years I’ve seen the Murphys, the fans have been insane with huge Irish flags in the air and vicious pits. The crowd did however break the barricade, and had to stop the set for a bit to temporarily set up a replacement.

The energy did not die amongst the band as they played an impressive approximately 25 song set list. They played many songs from Going out in Style, receiving a positive response from tracks like “Going Out in Style,” “Memorial Day,” and “Hang ‘Em High.” Along with the newbies, they played fan favorites “Citizen C.I.A.,” “Bar Room Hero,” and “Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced.”

The Murphy’s wrapped up their second night in Chicago with a phenomenal bill of opening of acts, and enough raw emotion and energy packed performances to last concertgoers until next time Congress barricade needs a good breaking.

Video: Dropkick Murphys – Out Of Our Heads

DropkickMurphysBoston’s The Dropkick Murphys have posted a video for their song Out Of Our Heads.

The single appears on their latest album, Signed And Sealed In Blood, which was released early this year on their very own Born & Bred Records.

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Video: Dropkick Murphys – Rose Tattoo (Live on The Today Show)

DropkickMurphysBoston’s Dropkick Murphys recently performed their new single “Rose Tattoo” (from the new album Signed And Sealed In Blood) on The Today Show  live from Faneuil Hall Marketplace in their hometown.

It can be seen here.

Tours: Dropkick Murphys (West Coast)

Dropkick MurphysBoston’s Dropkick Murphys have added a string of West Coast tour dates to their previously announced US tour in that runs March to April. The West Coast dates are added to the tail end in April, the dates are below.

The band released Signed and Sealed in Blood earlier this year.



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Video: Dropkick Murphys – The Boys Are Back

Dropkick MurphysBoston’s The Dropkick Murphys have posted a video for their song The Boys Are Back.

The single appears on their latest album, Signed And Sealed In Blood, which was released on January 8, 2013 on their very own Born & Bred Records.

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Dropkick Murphys - The Meanest Of Times

Dropkick Murphys

The Meanest Of Times

Born & Bred Records

Rating: 4.5/5




I’ve said this before about a few other CDs and I’m sure I’ll say it again on a few more CDs, but Dropkick Murphys‘ The Meanest Of Times is one of those CDs that reminds me why I got into this whole scene in the first place.

Amidst all the emo plodder that are clogging the airwaves and my review pile, it’s nice to get a CD from a band like The Murphys because it is energetic, catchy, and just great punk rock – and even better with the slight Celtic twist that the Murphys are known for. Although, to be honest, that Celtic vibe isn’t as prominent on here are it has been on recent releases as the only heavily Celtic songs on the record areFairmont Hill, Rude Awakenings, and (F)Lanningan’s Ball (featuring members of The Pogues and The Dubliners). Instead, the band has gone for a more energized punk rock approach using the traditional instruments like the banjo, mandolin, tin whistle, accordion, bagpipes and so on to kick the songs up a notch without slowing them down at all.

In fact, The Meanest Of Times is the most energetic the band has been since 2001’s Sing Loud, Sing Proud as they have come together for a more unified feel creating songs that feature bigger sing-along portions than anything we’ve seen in a while; like on God Willing which features a massive gang chorus about death coming too soon that will be amazing to sing live. Echoes On “A” Street is a tribute to the member’s wives while Vices & Virtues tells stories of four men’s death bringing them up to an almost heroic stature while never revealing the names. I’ll Begin Again is a straight forward rock’n’roll song contrasted nicely by the slower, traditional Fairmont Hill which follows. Other songs like Loyal To No One and Shattered follow in God Willing‘s foot steps and carry a fierce chorus and no one can forget the two closing tracks, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya and Never Forget, which are easily two of the best tracks to cap of an album that I’ve heard in a very long time.

The album is energetic and fast thorough out. It’s a great punk rock record with a slight Celtic flare thrown in to really cement the songs into your memory and pump up the energy once again. I will admit that I miss the fact that there’s no songs like The Green Fields Of France or Kiss Me I’m Shitfaced because those two slow songs are some of of The Murphys bests output over the past few years but The Meanest Of Times does not suffer from the lack of slow songs. In fact, I would probably complain that it was ruining the flow of the album if a song like The Green Fields Of France made an appearance on the record.

Suffice to say, The Murphys are back on track with The Meanest Of Times as the album feels like a rejuvenated band as they sing with passion about family and friends, growing up and growing old, love and death and heartfelt, passionate matters. It’s sincere and makes singing along with them all the more enjoyable – and helps make The Meanest Of Times one of the better releases of the year.

Dropkick Murphys - Going Out In Style

Dropkick Murphys

Going Out In Style

Born & Bred Records

Rating: 4.5/5




In 2007, I gushed lovingly over The Dropkick Murphys’ The Meanest Of Times in my review of it. It jumped at me from first listen and I had no conservations claiming so. Sadly, my love affair for the album swayed and other than a select few songs from it, I rarely pull it out and listen. It came out with a punch but fizzled in the long run.

Now, a few years later, The Murphys are back with their seventh studio album – Going Out In Style – and maybe I’m bathing in the limelight of early love all over again, but I can’t help but once again gush over the album in more ways than one. In fact, I think I can confidently say that Going Out In Style is the band’s strongest effort since Sing Loud Sing Proud.

Yes, this album is on par with that landmark release as there’s not a filler in the pack. The album is strong, energetic, rowdy and arm-raising. They pump up the speed and energy when needed and cull it back at key moments to keep the sound fresh and the album moving. So going from Take ‘Em Down, a rallying song built on handclaps, harmonicas and blue collar chanting into Sunday Hardcore Matinee somehow not only works but also seems to just be right.

For the first time in a long time, Scruffy Wallace makes a prominent impact with his bagpipes and tin whistle. The change is evident from the opening track of Hang ‘ Em High as Wallace seems to have found his place amongst the Murphys clan at last, really leaving his mark and propelling the songs forward. Of course, the bagpipes are only one of the handful of instruments that fulfill every nook and cranny of the album as Going Out In Style is a full sounding album and yet it never becomes overbearing. Everything is mixed perfectly, creating a strong wall to build off of just like The Dreadnought’s Polka Never Dieslast year.

So whether Bruce Springsteen is singing on their take of the traditional Peg O’ My Heart, they’re slowing it down on Cruel or riling everyone up with Going Out In StyleThe Murphys have delivered a pure Celtic-punk album seeped with Boston and Irish references. It’s energetic, catchy, blood pumping, full, well rounded and countless other positive adjectives.

As I said before, The Dropkick Murphys have delivered their best album since Sing Loud Sing Proud here.

Dropkick Murphys - Singles 2

Dropkick Murphys

The Warrior's Code

Hellcat Records / Epitaph Records

Rating: 4/5




There are some CDs that hit you right away and you immediately say “wow, this is amazing”, while others take a good few listens before the power and the glory of the album finally sinks in. Dropkick Murphys‘ latest effort, The Warrior’s Code, is in the latter group. And although it takes a few listens for the listener to truly appreciate the awesomeness of the CD, when they do, its there to stay.

The Warrior’s Code is a deep combination of everything Dropkick Murphys. There’s the classic punk riffs, the Celtic folk influences and the rock’n’roll intensity all rolled into one. And while this is more likeSing Loud Sing Proud then Blackout, that’s not a bad thing. Its heavier, and much more gruff then Blackout ever was and the amazing gang choruses just force you to sing along.

Like all Dropkick Murphys CD, this one features its fair share of original tunes along with a good selection of traditional Celtic songs and cover songs. This time they only have one traditional song, but what a choice it was. Captain Kelly’s Kitchen could just as easily be sung around a camp fire as it could be used to start a circle pit. They also have cover songs of the likes of Woody Guthrie and Brendan Behan, but the most impressive song is by far the cover of Eric Bogle‘s No Man’s Land (which has be changed to The Green Fields Of France on this CD). The slow five minute, piano driven song simply captivates the listener as they tell the story of Willie McBride who died in the great battles of World War One. It is moving and makes the listener stop to listen and think about wars all over the world and lost love and just the value of life on a whole. It truly is an amazing song that will be played for years to come.

But even though they do have that one majestic slow song, do not worry, they haven’t slowed down at all. They still have great fist punching songs like Wicked Sensitive CrewThe Burden and Citizen C.I.A.And as a nice added bonus, they have also thrown in their baseball single, Tessie for anyone who didn’t get the chance to buy the single.

It took a few listens to really take a hold of me, but now The Warrior’s Code and I have once again re-kindled my love for the Celtic punkers.


Dropkick Murphys - Singles 2

Dropkick Murphys

Singles Collection Volume2 - 1998-2004

Epitaph Records

Rating: 4/5




The Dropkick Murphys are quite possibly the best celtic punk band around. Although they’ve only been around for a little less then a decade, they have over two dozen releases out. A collection of vinyls mixed with numerous split CDs with various bands along with the necessary live album and singles all add up to form quite a extensive catalogue. Tack on all the compilations they’ve been on over the years, its almost impossible to keep track of all the rarities.

That’s where the band’s newest release comes into play. The Singles Collection Volume 2 – 1998-2004 is a compilation of twenty three of the band’s rarer tracks. There are b-sides, cover songs, songs from splits and compilations along with “other crap” as they so nicely put it. Basically, every song you’ve wanted to hear from the band but hadn’t had the chance to is on here.

Like any good Dropkick Murphys release there is the necessary drinking song with Wild Rover (which was on their live album) taken from the Sing Lout Sing Proud vinyl release. There’s also the hard rocking AC/DC cover song of It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock’n’Roll) from the Blackout 10″ vinyl release. There’s also cover songs from people like Cock Sparrow and Andrew & The Press, The MisfitsThe Nipples Erectors and more.

Some of the more surprising songs are the instrumentals like The Nutrocker (Nutty), which was originally supposed to appear on the Boston Bruin’s Time To Go promotional sampler but later released on theTessie EP; along with Victory, which was taken from the European CD single for Walk Away.

This is a singles collection that isn’t’ full of radio friendly hits, but rather full of celtic punk songs from the famed Boston punks Dropkick Murphys. Songs that we have come to love over the years, not for its radio friendliness but for its pure power. A must have for any DKM fan missing all this rarities.


Dropkick Murphys - live on St. Patrick's Day

Dropkick Murphys

Live On St. Patrick's Day

Epitaph Records

Rating: 4.5/5




“What the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is to New York in November, The Dropkick’s show is to Boston in March.”

A quote from the booklet of the Dropkick Murphys‘ new live album, Live On St. Patrick’s Day. And boy are they right.  This CD captures the feeling on a live performance from DKM. All the crowd participation, the cheering, the enthusiasm from the band makes the CD spectacular. Out of a total of 75 recorded songs over the three day weekend, they picked 25 of the best ones, to fill up a 74 minute CD. Luckily, there is a lot more songs then talking, cause if your like me, you like albums for the music, not the talking. But a live CD wouldn’t be the same without some. All of the songs are stringed together flawlessly from one song to the next!

The CD starts quickly then you hear the band do a “Let’s Go Murphys *Clap, Clap Clap*” chant. Then the guys come on playing bagpipes and their instruments for 30 seconds or so, they then yell For Boston and head into the song. It is a creative and effective way to start off the CD. As I have already mentioned, the first song (not counting the intro) is For Boston, it is a good song, praising the town where the guys are from. They then head into Boys On The Docks and Road Of the Righteous both good fast paced songs. Upstairs and Broken Hearts is a slightly slower song but it still has a great beat. You can hear the crowd get into it with a clapping stint at around 2 minutes.

Now I’ll skip a couple songs down to the tenth song, Which Side Are You On. This is a great faced paced song with great beats and catchy lyrics. It also has a load of crown participation in it.  They then go through  A Few Good MenCurse Of A Fallen Soul and The Torch. The latter of the three is one of my favorites. Its a slower song, and quite powerful. After that they go into The Gangs All Here, another one of my favorites. Its a fast paced song with great lyrics (Hail, Hail, the Gangs All Here). After this song, you hear the guys talk for a long time for the very first time. They call up one of their friends ask he asks his girlfriend of five years to marry him. She says yes, then Ken Casey (vocals and bass) tells a story about him becoming a priest over the internet. He then dedicates the next song, Forever to the lucky couple.

Spicy McHaggis Jig is the 16th song and an amazing one as well. They invite all the ladies in the crown to come on stage and dance the jig there. Its a funny song, about Spicy McHaggis, the person who plays the bagpipes for the band. They have a couple parts of crowd participation in it, which is pretty cool. the last ten songs have more talking then the first 16. They play John Law which is dedicated to the cops of Boston. Wild Rover is the next song before Fortunate Son and then Nutty which is a song for all the Boston Bruin fans out there. Although there are no vocals, the song still goes by very well.

Good Rats is played before Amazing GraceAmazing Grace is a great cover of the hymn.  It starts off with only the crowd singing, then the Murphys join in after. Everyone should know this song. Alcohol is probably the least favorite on the album, I’m not sure why, I’m just not pulled toward this song. Barroom hero is a good song about being drunk with the crowd singing the first verse. Dirty Water starts off with a good guitar riff, and has great vocals in it. Bloody Pug Pile is actually called Skinheads On The M.B.T.A. It is a good song, fast paced, good lyrics, great way to end the album.

The Murphys have given us an amazing album here. It is filled with adrenaline pumping songs that just make you wish you were at the concert. The DMK are full of excitement and show it with the way they play. I hope they come by here one day so I get a chance to see them live. And I urge you to see them if you are able to.

Dropkick Murphys - Blackout

Dropkick Murphys


Dropkick Murphys

Rating: 4/5




Hailing from Boston, these punk rockers have always had a very major Irish influence in their musical sound. On their newest effort, Dropkick Murphys, have toned the Irish part of them down and bit, and focused on a much more powerful punk rock sound. Don’t worry, there are still some instruments which make this band stand out over others. The usage of accordions, tin whistles, bagpipes, mandolin and a  dulcimer all give DKM a little extra touch.

Lyrically, the band sings about many important things, while keeping a comical aspect of themselves in some of the tracks. Singing out powerful subjects like the struggles of the working class, or even an ode to friendship, but then on the other hand there are songs like Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced or Walk Away which is about running away from a marriage. In each and every track there is a little something in there lyrics which will get you listening and listening again.

Accompanying this album is a DVD which has a total of four videos for you to watch. Two live videos from the Saint Patrick’s Day show in 2002. They play Rock Road To Dublin and Boys On The Dock. They also have a music video on it, but not for their first single (Walk Away), but instead for Gonna Be A Blackout Tonight. Finally, they also have a trailer for the upcoming full length DVD, which they are releasing in 2004. While watching this little preview, I was introduced to my favorite song on the album, World Full Of Hate. Although it has a slightly harsh title, it truly is a powerful song. It is an ode to friendship. Probably the slowest song on the album, with incredibly catchy vocals. The guitar work is nice and steady and perfect tune for this type of song.

The first two tracks where others which I really enjoyed. The first of the two is their single, Walk Away. It starts off with a good little guitar riff before the vocals enter. The vocals are catchy, and somewhat funny. Falling in love, getting married, having kids, then running away. It is a good opener and an obvious choice for their single. The Worker’s Song comes next, a much more of an Irish feel to it. The vocals are the most prominent thing and something well worth a listen. Singing about all the struggles of the working class.

The Dirty Glass was something which caught me by surprised. It was originally released on the Face To Face split, and is different then the rest of the album as it is a duet. Adding the female vocals is Stephanie Dougherty, and she does a perfect job at it. A conversation from one person to another, and it is a song which catches you off guard which then makes you listen more to the album.

Ending the album off, they sing Time To Go and Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced. The first of the two is a hockey one, never mentioning the Bruins, but obvious that it is. Although it starts of slow, it quickly picks up and is a perfect hockey chant for any fan of the game. The last one is funny one, the longest one clocking in at over 5 minutes, it is also the slowest. Using a mix of everything in the instruments, its about a guy bragging in a bar and picking up girls. It will be one which the band will play for a long time as their fans slowly chant along with them.

Dropkick Murphys Full Album Stream

DropkickMurphysIconic Celtic punk group Dropkick Murphys has debuted a full album stream of their brand new full length.  The album is titled Signed And Sealed In Blood and is due out January 8, 2013 on their very own Born & Bred Records.

Listen to the full album here.

Dropkick Murphys – The Boys Are Back

Iconic Celtic punk group Dropkick Murphys has debuted a brand new song.  The track holds the name “The Boys Are Back” and is set to appear on an upcoming album, Signed And Sealed In Blood, due out January 8, 2013 on their very own Born & Bred Records.

Give the song a listen here courtesy Paste Magazine.

Fat Wreck Chords release Swingin’ Utters and Old Man Markley 7-inches

Fat Wreck Chords released two 7-inches this week, one from Californian punk band Swingin’ Utters, entitled The Librarians are Hiding Something;and the other from bluegrass-punk outfit Old Man Markley entitled Blood on My Hands.

Both releases are available for instant streaming via Fat Wreck’s website. Old Man Markley is currently on tour in the US, and Swingin’ Utters are finishing a few dates in southern California before they prepare to hit Australia early next year with Dropkick Murphys and Frank Turner.


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Punch Drunk Punk Event in Reno, NV Cancelled.

In a joint press release made by all the bands on their websites, Nofx, Pennywise, Alkaline Trio and Dropkick Murphys have announced their Punch Drunk Punk event in Reno, Nevada is cancelled due to the promoter. 

“It is with great regret that we announce the performances by Dropkick Murphys, NOFX, Pennywise, and Alkaline Trio on the Punch Drunk Punk event at Reno Events Center are cancelled. This cancellation is due to failure by the local promoter, Forever Music to fulfill it’s obligations to all concerned and the bands’ lack of confidence that this show can be presented properly. Our thanks to the staff of Reno Events Center and The Alley for their cooperation. Refunds will be made available at point of purchase. NOFX, Pennywise, and Alkaline Trio thank their fans in Reno for their understanding and look forward to coming to Reno in the future. Dropkick Murphys will play a special intimate show at The Alley in Sparks, Nevada on Saturday November 10. Tickets will be available at the door. Please not Punch Drunk Punk tickets will not be accepted for this show. For info please go to or later this evening for information on this show.”

The Reno-based promotion company, Forever Music, has not commented on the cancellation.