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Dropkick Murphys w/ The Bots 

When: Thu., May 8 2014
Price: $31
Irish rock, 8 p.m.

Fortune has shined mightily on the Dropkick Murphys, though the celtic-punk icons have never lacked for grit or persistence either. They formed 18 years ago in Boston and got their first break opening for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones on their ’97 national tour. After each of the Murphys’ first two albums, the lead singer and guitarist left (respectively), but that didn’t stop them. They only gathered steam thanks to their energetic live performances, which rival concert firestarters such as Flogging Molly or Gogol Bordello. Like those acts, the music’s fueled by an intoxicating and irrepressible, hard-charging spirit. Loud guitars are mirrored by traditional Irish elements (mandolin, tin whistle, bagpipes) while the growling vocals are impassioned pleas or calls to action. After breaking the Billboard Top 100 with their fourth album Blackout, the Dropkick Murphys broke the Top 50 with 2005’s The Warrior’s Code, buoyed by publicity from the Red Sox’s 2004 World Series win and the band’s BoSox anthem, “Tessie.” Their subsequent three albums have all broken the Top 20 without changing the formula much (including last year’s Signed and Sealed in Blood). They write fist-raising, beer-drenched, no-surrender songs that are about as close as Irish-Catholic punk can get to soul music. —Chris Parker THURSDAY

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