Posts Tagged House of Blues Boston
in support of the band’s ninth album, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, Dropkick Murphys kick off its tour tonight in Bethlehem, Penn. before finally shipping up to Boston to play a series of hometown dates.
Celtic-American punk band Dropkick Murphys have become ambassadors for Boston. Since forming in 1996, the band has sold 4 million albums worldwide with 2005’s The Warrior’s Code achieving an RIAA Gold certification and the single “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” nearing double platinum and appearing during a key moment of Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning The Departed. Most recently, 2013’s Signed And Sealed In Blood netted their second consecutive Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200, and debuted at number 6 in Germany. They updated the Boston Red Sox anthem “Tessie” in 2004. The band created The Claddagh Fund in 2009 to help support addiction recovery as well as children’s and veterans’ organizations.
On the new album, the song “4-15-13” pays homage to the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing. “Since that day, we felt like not taking the challenge to write a song about what we all went through would be taking the coward’s way out,” bassist Ken Casey reflects. “We put more importance on writing that piece of music than anything we’ve ever done, because if you’re going to touch that day, it has to be done right. We went through so many emotions with that whole experience, as did everyone in Boston. It changed the city forever.” The song “Rebels With A Cause” was written about kids who are given up on, and left behind by a system that has written them off as hopeless. “Paying My Way” is about the way up and out of addiction and the dream of bigger and better things in life.
Dropkick Murphys is:
Al Barr (lead vocals)
Tim Brennan (guitars, accordion, mellotron, whistles, vocals)
Ken Casey (lead vocals, bass guitar)
Jeff DaRosa (banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, acoustic guitars, vocals)
Matt Kelly (drums, percussion, vocals)
James Lynch (guitar, vocals)
2/21/17 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center *+
2/22/17 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! *+
2/24/17 – Clive, IA – 7 Flags Event Center *+
2/25/17 – Hinckley, MN – The Grand Minnesota Taste Together *
2/26/17 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District *+
2/28/17 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater *+
3/1/17 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom *+
3/2/17 – Little Rock, AK – Metroplex Live *+
3/3/17 – Robinsonville, MS – Horseshoe Tunica – Bluesville *+
3/4/17 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City *+
3/6/17 – St. Petersburg, FL – Janus Live *
3/7/17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live *
3/8/17 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues *
3/10/17 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues *+
3/11/17 – Washington, DC – Shamrockfest Dropkick Murphys ONLY
3/12/17 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount *+
3/15/17 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
3/16/17 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
3/17/17 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
3/18/17 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
3/18/17 – Boston, MA – After Party @ House Of Blues with Pro Boxing
3/19/17 – Boston, MA – TBA
Fitz and the Tantrums released a video for the infectious, upbeat single “Hand Clap.” It’s from the band’s self-titled album that came out during the summer. Of the song, Fitz said: “I was searching for something that felt visceral and edgy. As soon as that moment happened, I was relieved. It felt like the compass — that theme of letting go and losing control — had been set. And it found its way into the rest of the album.” Fitz and the Tantrums formed in 2008. The Los Angeles indie pop band released Pickin’ Up the Pieces in 2010 and More Than Just a Dream in 2013.
Fitz and the Tantrums is: Fitz (Lead Vocals); Noelle Scaggs (Co-Vocals); James King (saxophone & flute); Joseph Karnes (bass); John Wicks (drums); Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards)
15 Landsdowne Street
Boston MA 02115
Suzanne Vega at The Sinclair–May 30
–I’ll see Suzanne Vega peform anytime, anywhere. She’s magnificent.
Field Mouse/Wild Ones at Great Scott– August 10
–love this band’s new album. outstanding high energy cool live set.
Retro Futura Tour with Howard Jones, Tom Bailey, Katrina and the Waves and Midge Ure, Wilbur Theatre– August 24
–nostalgic fun that took me back to high school. I remembered the songs even though I’d not heard them in years. Did not love this venue.
Shonen Knife at Middle East Upstairs– September 5
–quirky songs, spunky women and frenetic set.
Lykke Li at House of Blues– October 3
–emotional, dark, theatrical. visually stunning sets. everything I expected and more.
WMBR Anniversary Show #9 with Orangutang at Middle East– October 4
–saw numerous Orangutang shows in the 90s and these guys are supremely talented and the set was perfection.
The Paperhead at Middle East– October 27
–what a cool band with a laid-back retro vibe. wonderful set.
High Highs (with Avi Buffalo) at Great Scott– November 8
–electronic. sweet. slightly charming.
There’s a lot to like about 26-year-old indie pop singer/songwriter Kate Nash. She’s an energetic, outspoken beautiful feminist. She writes thoughtful songs about embracing inner beauty, flaws and Grrl Power. She’s an exemplary role model in a music world where female singers garner more attention for who they’re dating and what they’re wearing than what they sing about. Nash clearly puts effort into her performance and seems to be having fun with her all-female backing band [and it’s SO rare to see a female solo artist touring with an all-female backing band so HUGE bonus points for this] but the songs blend together after a while. Her vocals ranged from screaming punk pop on the opening song “We Can Be Friends” to sweeter Brit-accented sing-speak on “Do-Wah-Doo.” She peppered in newer songs such as “OMyGod” which she said was an “amazing song” she wrote on a “miserable holiday.” It’s unfortunate that her live show doesn’t match the quality level of her recorded material. And it’s not that sheen and flawlessness must be part of a live performance. Something lacked here. Not enough chemistry with the audience who annoyingly kept yelling out song titles and didn’t particularly appreciate her chit-chat. Not enough variation. Not enough emotion or pizazz. Nothing stood out. I didn’t leave the show with any song running through my head. Putting Kate Nash in the list of artists I like to listen to but don’t need to see live. You’re better off donating your $20 to a women’s organization such as Emily’s List instead of buying a ticket to a Kate Nash concert.
Kate Nash at House of Blues Boston, Friday, November 8, 2013.