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Dropkick Murphys: Talking punk, place, and parochialism with the last gang in town.

The day after the world didn't end — and a couple of weeks before the January 8 release of their new album Signed and Sealed in Blood — I met up with Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey, Matt Kelly, and James Lynch at Mul's Diner in Southie.

By MICHAEL PATRICK MACDONALD  |  January 04, 2013
Review:A Broth of A Boy

Sad Boy

The Irish playwright Brendan Behan, known for his plays The Hostage and The Quare Fellow and for his memoir Borstal Boy, was a raucous, charismatic, hard-drinking Irish Republican who began to write after he got out of prison for shooting at Engl

By STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 05, 2012
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Photos: St. Patty's Day Parade 2012

The St. Patrick's Day Parade rolled through South Boston on Sunday, March 18, 2012. 
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By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  March 23, 2012
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Photos: Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick's Day show at House of Blues

The Dropkick Murphys perform live on St. Patrick's Day (March 17, 2012) at the House of Blues.
March 17, 2012
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  March 23, 2012
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The Cranberries | Roses

As a gift, roses are generic. It's fitting, then, that this would be the title of the Cranberries' first effort in more than a decade.
Downtown (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  March 16, 2012
Burke & Hare: Review

Review: Burke & Hare

Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis are only faintly humorous as the titular team of assassins, Burke and Hare .
Mediocre black comedy
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 02, 2011


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Is Boardwalk Empire about to enter its golden age?

Dispel any remaining doubts. The new season (which begins this Sunday at 9 pm on HBO) unfolds with a new leisurely, cinematic grandeur.
Easy livin'
By JON GARELICK  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: Jig

Sue Bourne's documentary about Irish stepdancing in general and the 2010 Irish Dance World Championships in particular treads a formulaic path.

By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 17, 2011
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Drinking with family

When I moved from Cambridge to Southie five years ago, the quality of my barroom conversations immediately skyrocketed.
Conversation and community in the bars of Southie and Dorchester
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  May 06, 2011
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Review: An émigré's struggle with his baggage, in AIRE's Brendan

America, enthuses Irish émigré Brendan (Michael Dix Thomas), is the smell of coffee and gasoline.
When the pipes aren't calling
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 08, 2011
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Michael Patrick MacDonald writes the Dropkicks' backstory

Who is Cornelius Larkin, and how did his obituary come to be on the cover of the new Dropkick Murphys disc, Going Out in Style ?    
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By CLEA SIMON  |  February 25, 2011


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With Going Out in Style, Dropkick Murphys remain Boston's most treasured punk success

Dropkick Murphys are the best tourist trap in this city. Maybe in any city. Maybe in the world.
The tightest ship in the business.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 25, 2011
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An (almost) A-to-Z guide to Boston

Welcome to Boston, college kids.
From Ben Affleck to Yawkey Way
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 28, 2011
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The death of Irish-Italian political entitlement

Angel Taveras may soon be Providence’s first Latino mayor. But his victory in the recent Democratic primary is much more than a triumph of the city’s growing Hispanic population.
Tribes
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  September 24, 2010
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Swan song for Southie?

South Boston is famous for producing politicians the way Detroit is known for manufacturing automobiles.
As circumstances have changed for Irish Bostonians, the political talent pool in South Boston has dried up. Plus, voting a black slate?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  April 24, 2009
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The Swaggerin' Growlers | Keep Your Head Held High

The Growlers reckon their music is best heard while you're shit-faced.
Thugly Goose (2009)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 10, 2009


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Irish, but not Celtic

With the Boston Celtic Music Festival taking over a host of venues January 9 and 10 it can be easy to forget that not all Irish music is . . . Celtic music.
Gems from the Emerald Isle
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 07, 2009
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The lastest days of the Littlest Bar

The Littlest Bar sits slightly below ground at 47 Province Street, near the Granary Burying Ground and Old City Hall.
Four hundred square feet of history, camaraderie, and booze marches to its end
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 29, 2006