For lively Celtic-infused Rock music, you can't get much better than Black 47
. The New York City-based band became the talk of the town when they performed weekly shows at Paddy Reilly's Bar in Manhattan in the early '90s, leading to three albums for EMI, which helped the band solidify a fervent, international cult following. The band banks on its strong suit -- energetic live shows -- for its latest CD, On Fire
(Gadfly Records), which was recorded on tour and features many of the band's most popular songs as well as an impassioned, rewired version of Peter Gabriel's "Biko." The band's use of horns, traditional Irish instruments, punkish energy and politically conscious lyrics makes for a sound that is as thought-provoking as it is danceable.
At Top Cat's on Tuesday with No Good Heroes.