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Spunge (often typeset as [spunge] – lead singer Alex Copeland has joked that the brackets are in the name so that the letters do not fall out) are a ska punk band from Tewkesbury, England. Through many years of touring, Spunge have toured with or played alongside a number of UK bands; and several American bands such as Green Day, Dropkick Murphys and Reel Big Fish; and been supported on a UK tour by Bowling for Soup; the latter of whom contributed backing vocals to the song “Centerfold” on the That Should Cover It! album.


Hailing from upstate NY, Celtic rockers 1916 are an explosive concoction of the modern Irish Punk movement with an original mix of psychobilly which gives 1916 a sound that stands apart from other bands of the genre.

Starting as an acoustic duo in 2006, singer Billy Herring and original drummer Steve LaDue played the traditional Irish ballads of the Dubliners and Wolfe Tones in the local pubs in and around their home-town of Rochester, NY.  They decided to call themselves 1916 to get people interested in Irish history.  In 2010 they took the music to a new level with the addition of electric guitars, traditional instruments, and a full drum set.  Within a few months of trying their new sound, 1916 were opening for the likes of the Dropkick Murphys, 21 Pilots, and New Politics, among other national acts.

On St. Patrick’s Day of 2012, 1916 released their first studio album, A Drop of the Pure, to rave reviews.  That same year, 1916 became the first band from Rochester, NY to get their own Pandora station with the addition of their music to the Pandora genome project.  With their music now reaching a global audience, the boys would soon gain fans all over the world.

The following year, 1916 released their sophomore album, Stand Up & Fight.  This new album, featuring a collection of covers and originals, had a more polished sound than the raw punk feel of  A Drop of the Pure.  This new full length album also featured more traditional Irish instruments to give the new LP a fun and full sound.

As the band continued to evolve, they kept touring and playing as many shows as possible.  With bigger audiences came a larger fan base for 1916 to interact with.  The band has always enjoyed hanging out with the crowd both pre- and post- shows.

In November of 2014, the guys went back into the studio to begin recording their third album, Last Call for Heroes.  Released in December of 2015, Last Call for Heroes was met with great enthusiasm from critics.  Named one of the “best punk albums of 2016,” both home and abroad, the new album appeared to have given the band the momentum they needed to move forward.

Mandolin player Jon Kane joined the band in early 2016, just before the boys hit the road to join Flogging Molly on their Salty Dog Cruise.  After a whirlwind spring of touring through the Bahamas and Europe, Jon was just what the band needed as he brought his energetic and fun stage persona into the fold.

The sound had certainly become streamlined and unique, but it wasn’t until 2017 that upright bassist Ryan Hurley would join 1916 to give the band the final integral piece that gives the music its psychobilly flavor.  Ryan quickly found a new home in 1916 and the band now finds itself on the edge of yet another amazing year of recording and touring.

In 2019, the band welcomed the thundering drums of Tony Presutti to take over behind the kit. Soon after that, 1916 further expanded their sound by the addition of accordion player Sam Sarratori to the crew!

Boston Calling Photo Gallery: Dropkick Murphys live on the Green Stage

<p>Editor’s Note: Dropkick Murphys performed live on the Green Stage at Boston Calling on Friday, May 26. Check out our full gallery above, and hit our Boston Calling 2023 page for the latest news, features, and photos directly from the Harvard Athletic Complex.</p>
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Boston Calling: Yeah Yeah Yeahs out, Dropkick Murphys in

<p>Boston Calling is this weekend, and suddenly comes news that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are now No No Nos. They’ll be replaced by Dropkick Murphys, according to the festival. Word came down on Thursday (May 25), with the festival blaming the withdrawal on an unspecified illness within the New York City band. Update: The YYYs posted an update to Twitter; read it below. And beyond all the Fever To Tell jokes, that’s a shame, as we just listed “Maps” as […]</p>
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Since 2010 venues from concert halls to basement bars have resonated with the sound of Granite City Rock & Roll. Continental uses their Quincy, MA hometown moniker to describe their unique blend of rock that draws influences from punk, country, folk, and blues.

Known mostly for his time as founding guitarist and songwriter of The Dropkick Murphys, as well as co-founding member alongside his brother of legendary punks The Outlets, Boston based rocker Rick Barton has spent the last eight years fronting his current band and labor of love “Continental.” Continental’s sound is soulful Rock n Roll, plain and simple. While often compared to a variety of different bands, they like to summarize their style as “Paul Westerberg writing songs for The Rolling Stones,” a compliment they received and have remembered for years. “I wear my heart on my sleeve and prefer to sing about what’s inside, rather than fast cars and shaking booty” says Rick.

Together with his son Stephen on bass, Andrew Dickson on drums, and various studio and touring guitar slingers, they have toured the US and Europe extensively as a headlining act, but also supporting bands such as Street Dogs, Reverend Horton Heat, Swingin’ Utters, The Tossers, and The Business. Make no mistake, Continental is not a vanity project for Barton. When the band isn’t on the road, the father and son team paint houses to support their “music addiction.”

With four releases to their credit thus far, the band hunkered down in Franklin TN with Andrew Dickson at the helm to put out their new album “Hello”. You can expect a raw but refined, clean but powerful, diverse and perfected version of the Rock n Roll that’s come to be expected from Continental. “We decided to simply record an album that we would like listening to, and it happened to describe us perfectly.” – Stephen Barton 

Coretex Records

Coretex Records was established in 1988 as a record shop and mailorder based in the heart of Berlin-Kreuzberg. With a product offering of over 30,000 items, Coretex offers the full range of goodies geared towards lovers of all hardcore, punk rock and underground music. Through band merchandise, to skateboard brands, streetwear and a lot of in-house exclusive releases, Coretex has built a large and loyal fan base. Legenedary bands such as Agnostic Front, Gorilla Biscuits, Madball, Slapshot, Suicidal Tendencies, Biohazard, Hatebreed and Dropkick Murphys all call Coretex their Berlin home-from-home.

Dicky Stock dons a badge to police the new Dropkick Murphys video

<p>For those familiar with the many facets of Boston comedy, Dicky Stock has embedded himself in the very fiber of what makes the scene so rich. Now, he’s making more moves that, in a way, bring parts of his own creative universe full circle. If you happened to check out the recent music video for the Dropkick Murphys rendition of the unpublished Woody Guthrie track “Cadillac, Cadillac,” which premiered on Wednesday (January 11), you may have noticed a familiar face […]</p>
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Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys are an American punk rock band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1996. They’ve incorporated bits of Celtic punk, street punk, Oi!, hardcore and folk music over the years to fine-tune a sound that is quintessentially Dropkick Murphys.

Dropkick Murphys – “Okemah Rising”

Okemah Rising - Dropkick Murphys

Release Date: May 12, 2023 Record Label: Born & Bred Records

Dropkick Murphys had such a fun time recording (and touring) last year’s collection of songs featuring the unpublished lyrics of Woody Guthrie – This Machine Still Kills Fascists – that they’re back for another round! Due out May 12th, the new album is called Okemah Rising, and features ten more tracks for which the Dropkicks wrote music around a set of unpublished Guthrie words.

Okemah Rising finds them reuniting with Ted Hutt in the producer’s chair, and features guest spots from Violent Femmes, Jesse Ahern and Jaime Wyatt.

You can pre-save Okemah Rising here and pre-order it on CD/vinyl here, and check out the video for the first single, “I Know How It Feels,” below!