Flogging Molly, alongside their Boston-based counterparts, Dropkick Murphys, took the groundwork laid by early Irish punk bands like the Pogues and Nyah Fearties and found mainstream success with their Celtic-infused rock anthems about drinking and rebellion.
Lately, though, it seems the band have sobered – er, sombered – up a bit, having taken on a more mature tone since 2008’s Float. The band’s new album, Speed of Darkness, is perhaps their most mature release yet.
Jorma Kaukonen, one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane -- who also co-founded Hot Tuna with Airplane bandmate/bassist Jack Casady -- has a lot on his plate. Not only did he and Casady recently release Steady As She Goes, the first Hot Tuna album in nearly 20 years, but the duo is touring the East Coast this summer.
Frankie Whyte and The Dead Idols hail from Canada. But that’s OK; we like ’em anyway. Self-described as a “rock ‘n’ roll misfit explosion band,” the group’s raw, energetic, nothing's-gonna-stop-us-from-having-a-good-time vibe feels just about right.
Lemmy conjures thoughts of Motörhead. Slim Jim Phantom is pure Stray Cats. Throw in Danny B. Harvey, the Texas-born, Chet Atkins-loving guitarist/pianist from the Lonesome Spurs, and you've got a unique — but rocking — mix of musical styles and backgrounds.
Taking Back Sunday's Eddie Reyes and John Nolan tried their hands at drumming before the six-string seduced their adolescent phalanges. Once the two struck their first chords, there was no looking back, although Reyes confesses he still picks up the sticks every now and then to teach his son to play.