If your cheesy, green-beer-swilling, American version of Saint Paddy's Day got a Mohawk and a few tattoos, then did a fat line of blow along with its usual bucketfuls of Jameson, it would look a lot like Flogging Molly. This band turns traditional Irish music on its drunken ear, incorporating a foin wee bit o' fiddle and sweet Emerald Isle melodies, then hammering them into rude, cymbal-bashing, distortion-heavy punk songs. Actually, they're too nice to be considered hard-core and too nasty to be traditional Irish -- but, by God, they're a fun buncha sods. The band hits the Valley for two special St. Patricks Day concerts on both Sunday and Monday, both of which also feature support from Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and the Cherry Cokes.
Mon., March 17, 5 p.m., 2008