DROPKICK MURPHYS, IN THE VENUE, Tuesday, May 28, 8 p.m., $30 day of show
Massachusetts' favored sons the Dropkick Murphys find themselves tied to historic events in their home state on a seemingly regular basis. The purveyors of Irish-punk-by-way-of-Boston developed a huge following for years via nonstop touring and a series of increasingly strong albums on indie label Hellcat Records. They raised their profile a bit more with a move to Warner Brothers and creation of their own vanity label, Born and Bred. Their most famous song, "I'm Shipping Off to Boston," was an anthem for sports teams in the area for years, including the Boston Red Sox World Series runs in the '90s. It also had prominent placement in the Scorsese gangster flick The Departed (not to mention an excellent offshoot Simpsons episode). And this year, the band landed in the news for its fundraising efforts after the Boston Marathon bombing, as well as cracking down on some racist fans that showed up at one of their gigs. The band is on the road in support of its latest release, Signed and Sealed in Blood, and bluegrass punks Old Man Markley--a regular headliner in SLC in their own right--opens the show.