The Dropkick Murphys tread a fine line between celebratory, boozy anthems and inflammable punk songs. No matter which side of the fence their fans find themselves on, the live shows are always a raucous good time. The seven-piece from Boston seamlessly blends the unifying sounds of pub sing-alongs in Ireland with rousing, spirited rock 'n' roll, which whips both band and audience into a complete frenzy. The group was formed 16 years ago by a bunch of friends looking to have a good time playing music together, and that easy camaraderie and youthful spirit is still going strong, a feeling of merriment that the band easily shares with dedicated fans who have been showing up in droves for every local Murphys performance over the years. Stellar opening act Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls are not to be missed. All Ages.
Sat., Feb. 25, 5 p.m., 2012