April 27, 2005 

The Young Dubliners-Kings Of Leon-Mary Chapin Carpenter-A Life Once Lost-Dick Dale-Sugarlane

Saturday 30

The Young Dubliners

If you've ever downed an Irish car bomb for breakfast, you'll love the Young Dubliners. Dublin natives Keith Roberts (vocals, guitar) and Paul O'Toole (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica) hooked up in the States, formed the Young Dubliners in the early '90s, added three other lads to their show and took it on the road. They've been playing all over the world ever since. It's crazy Celtic rock in a true Dublish form of solid dance music. And drinking music.

Big Easy, 8 p.m. First 100 tickets are $5, the rest are $12.50.

Monday 2

Kings Of Leon

By now everyone knows if I had musical talents, my rock star ensemble would be called the Gel Band. It would be an homage to my dad, really, and it would be easy to enact if my band was comprised of only Gelband siblings. As for Kings of Leon, they are lucky in the same no-argue-on-the-name vein, because the Southern rock outfit is made up of brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill and cousin Matthew Followill, and the moniker is actually a reference to their male ilk-both dad and granddad are named Leon. The band's traditional guitar rock won over fans in the U.K., and with heavy touring, the boys are trying for the same response in the States. Too bad there aren't more Leons to rassle up for a street team.

Big Easy, 8 p.m., $17.50.

Monday 2

Mary Chapin Carpenter

She may not know how to craft a Shaker-style ladderback armchair, but this carpenter knows her country music. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter's performance will feature material from her newest album Between Here and Gone-but fear not, the blonde party doll will also present a bevy of popular numbers from the breadth of her substantial and unconventional country-hued career that began in 1987 with the release of the single "Hometown Girl." Interestingly enough, Carpenter's actual hometown is in New Jersey, known primarily for its foul odor, not its boot-scootin' tunes.

Taco Bell Arena, 7:30 p.m., $25-$35, 426-1494.

Tuesday 3

A Life Once Lost

A Life Once Lost is now found thanks to Ferret records, for whom the young hardcore-metal outfit is crafting a new album. ALOL is the latest offering from Philadelphia's extreme counterculture. They ain't no Fresh Prince poppety number from the land of cheese steaks, they are one of the most progressively pulverizing metallic rage acts out of the Northeast. The band, which proudly touts that it never followed any rules and will never conform to any kind of fashion, crafts dense sonic anger with assaulting death metal-style singing. Ye of little brutal angst, this is not the band for you.

The Venue, 6 p.m., $10.

Tuesday 3

Dick Dale

Judging Dick Dale by his logo would be a bad idea, dude. The image of a skull munching on crossed guitars easily implies some Harley-riding metal thrasher, but Dale is actually the "King of the Surf Guitar." According to sun-tanned legend, Dale invented surf music in the 1950s, a decade before it really caught the wave of popularity. Saying you're the type for checking out a legend is not enough. Let me put it to you this way: His song "Miserlou" appeared in the movie Pulp Fiction, on the TV show Friends and in a Mountain Dew commercial. If that doesn't spell beach party, nothing does, my friend.

Reef, 8:30 p.m., $25.

Friday-Saturday 29-30

Sugarlane

The four members of local adult rock outfit Sugarlane have been friends playing together for 25 years. They've been playing steadily for the last month, and if you haven't seen their act of classic rock, blues, country and dancey covers, you have another opportunity.

Barbs Down the Road Tavern, Nampa, 9 p.m., FREE. 442-9229.

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