Dublin native Dave King launched Flogging Molly in a Los Angeles Irish bar, taking a page from bands like the Pogues by fusing traditional Celtic music and instrumentation with electric guitars and a blistering tumult of post-punk mayhem. The septet became known for its raucous, passionate performances, but also for the quality of King's hard-bitten lyrics, which grapple with greed, pain, and treachery. King and company also toss in the odd ballad, which can reach the searing intensity of prime Waterboys. The band has been in the studio with Ryan Hewitt (who produced 2007's Float in Ireland) working on a new album due in late May. Meanwhile, with St. Paddy imminently on the prowl, so too will be Flogging Molly, playing old favorites and introducing the new songs. With Moneybrother and the Drowning Men. 18+.
Mon., March 7, 6:30 p.m., 2011
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