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Murphy's Dropkick Sparks
by Tribune/Tony Contini
Feb 27, 2008 | 1078 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Celtic punk mayhem will erupt on Saturday in Sparks at the New Oasis when The Dropkick Murphys take the stage.

When AC/DC met an Irish version of The Clash, a brand new sound was formed. Aside from the usual guitar, bass and drums, The Dropkick Murphys utilize all the musical talent they can muster by playing the bagpipes, tin whistle, accordion, banjo and mandolin. With so many instruments and only six members in the band, the New Oasis will be bustling with Irish punk excitement.

The Dropkick Murphys are on tour promoting their newest audio release, "The Meanest of Times." The tour kicked off in Seattle and will be hitting many popular west coast venues, such as Phoenix and Portland, until they close up the tour by playing five already-sold-out shows in their native state of Massachusetts.

The Dropkick Murphys have six studio albums dating back to 1998's "Do or Die" release. Their most popular song, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston," was featured on the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning film "The Departed."

A Dropkick Murphys show is similar to most punk shows: Devout fans screaming every word at the top of their lungs, massive circle pits and a constant good time. The shrill cry of the bagpipes and low trembling howl of lead singer Al Barr's voice blend perfectly.

The band has humble beginnings, practicing and playing in the basement of a friend's barbershop. They signed with Hellcat Records in 1998 but only after playing many small venues and establishing a rocking reputation with its audiences. The band grew closer to its Boston fans by showing its strong ties to the Red Sox and Bruin sports teams. They also play St. Patrick's Day shows, which started to place them in a steady position as an exciting Irish band from Boston.

These rowdy Irish headliners will not be the only band on the stage Saturday night. Big D and the Kid's Table, which also hail from Massachusetts, Everybody Out and Maximum The Hormone, all of whch share a similar ska and punk theme, will also perform.

The New Oasis is a good place to find fun all-age shows without burning holes in wallets. Tickets can be bought online at, at Recylced Records or at the door for $25. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the first band hitting the stage an hour later.

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