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Alternative & Indie - Released April 30, 2021 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Boston's unofficial house band Dropkick Murphys returned after an absence of four years with their tenth set Turn Up That Dial. Rousing and raucous as ever, the album doesn't veer far from their tried-and-true formula of Celtic-influenced punk anthems. In addition to expected fare such as "Middle Finger" and "Smash Shit Up," the boys get serious with the politically charged "Chosen Few" -- both an observation of American society during the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic and an indictment of U.S. presidential leadership during that time -- and "I Wish You Were Here," a midtempo ballad dedicated to vocalist Al Barr's late father and other lives lost to the coronavirus. Aside from that final somber moment, the rest of the LP is an absolute blast, yet another collection of reliable singalongs to "Oi!" your cares away. © Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 7, 2013 | [PIAS] Cooperative

After dabbling in a more narrative style with their 2011 concept album Going Out in Style, Dropkick Murphys get back to their raucous roots on their eighth album, Signed and Sealed in Blood. Blazing their way through 12 tracks of ripping Celtic punk, Dropkick Murphys are still partying on after all these years with songs that feel as though they should be listened to while drunkenly singing with a bar full of like-minded, and likewise intoxicated, friends. What's really stirring about Dropkick Murphys after all this time is that their music isn't so much a celebration of being Irish, but a celebration of celebrating. "The Boys Are Back" is the perfect prelude to a night on the town you're not likely to remember in the morning, and the rest of the album follows suit with an energy that mixes in just the right amount of mirth, mayhem, and maudlin, making Signed and Sealed in Blood an album that's sure to please Murphys fans both old and new. © Gregory Heaney /TiVo
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Rock - Released July 19, 2005 | Hellcat - Epitaph

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 6, 2017 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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On Dropkick Murphys' ninth full-length, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory, the Boston staples smooth their edges with some restraint, delivering triumphant anthems and some surprisingly heartfelt expressions. At this point in their careers, the boys are experts at what they do: Pogues-meets-Rancid singalongs for working-class Southie rabble to soundtrack evenings of booze-soaked revelry and camaraderie. They do not disappoint on 11 Short Stories. In fact, this release ends up being the most stylistically varied -- as far as Dropkick goes -- of their catalog. It is less rollicking and ferocious than prior albums -- the hilarious barroom-brawl tune "I Had a Hat" is the closest they come to old-school off-the-wall nostalgia -- a tone shift that is understandable considering their collective ages and elder status as Boston's favorite house band. Classic rock nods provide comforting familiarity -- a "We Will Rock You" Queen-stomp buffers "Paying My Way," while the proletarian spirit of Springsteen drifts through the entire set -- plugging Dropkick into an adjacent genre that might hint at the future trajectory for the band. Their Celtic roots still dig deep and provide the most emotional depth on the LP. Opener "The Lonesome Boatman" is a powerfully rousing start, a muscular reimagining of the Fureys' haunting 1969 tin whistle lament. A bagpipe-infused cover of the Carousel tune "You'll Never Walk Alone" is one of a handful of moments dedicated to victims of the opioid crisis and the band's addiction recovery efforts via their Claddagh Fund organization. However, it's the Boston Marathon bombing ode, "4-15-13," that packs the biggest wallop. Whether intentional or not, the song begins with a bittersweet melody that recalls the Titanic theme, tugging the heartstrings before Al Barr even starts singing. Not only a memorial to the late Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lu Lingzi, and Sean Collier -- as well as the hundreds maimed and injured that day -- "4-15-13" is a cathartic, healing gift to the entire city of Boston. On the 11th and final "story," "Until the Next Time," the band bid listeners a touching goodbye and goodnight with a perfectly crafted theme song for every last call (or concert encore) in Boston from now until the end of time. These 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory are deliberate in their intent -- uplifting numbers for swaying shoulder-to-shoulder with friends before emptying out of the bars onto the dark concrete of Lansdowne on a Friday (or Wednesday) night. © Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo
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Rock - Released September 17, 2007 | Cooking Vinyl

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Rock - Released July 19, 2005 | Hellcat - Epitaph

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Rock - Released November 21, 2011 | Cooking Vinyl

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Rock - Released May 14, 2013 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Rock - Released March 8, 2010 | Cooking Vinyl

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Rock - Released January 31, 2020 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 8, 2005 | Hellcat - Epitaph

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Rock - Released March 9, 1999 | Hellcat - Epitaph

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Rock - Released April 10, 2020 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 1, 2021 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Rock - Released February 27, 2011 | Cooking Vinyl

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 26, 2020 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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