If you like your Irish music louder, faster and snottieror you dig your punk laced with a touch of blarneyfew bands deliver the goods better than the Dropkick Murphys, and theyre touring with one of the best ska-punk bands ever, the happily reunited Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The show starts at 6 p.m. Monday at the Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island, and tickets are $31 in advance or $31.50 the day of the show via www.livenation.com or (312) 559-1212.
The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, is hosting a talent-packed benefit show starting at 9 p.m. Saturday for the Chris Saathoff Foundation (www.chrissaathofffoundation.org), which assists groups that provide support for children in need throughout the world. The lineup includes Chin Up Chin Up, the Smith Westerns, Mt. St. Helens, White Mystery and the Victim of Time DJs, with hosts Miss Mia and Ratso from Chica-Go-Go, complimentary hot dogs and raffle prizes. The cover is $10; for more information, visit www.hideoutchicago.com or call (773) 227-4433.