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Pop Culture Zoo REVIEW: Up Against The Lights

Posted by The Killdares on Jul 13, 2011

By Joseph Dilworth Jr., Pop Culture Zoo
Published July 4, 2011

“…My high praise for the band and their music has only increased over time and, with their newest release, they’d earned a place on my bucket list of bands I need to see live. Recorded on July 30, 2010 at the historic Granada Theater in Dallas, TX, Up Against The LightsLive in Concert packages together a high definition DVD along with two CDs of the entire show in one neat little collection.
If you have a high end home theater system then the DVD will be a very nice treat for you. Dim the lights and crank up the volume. The picture quality is superlative and the sound is crisp and clean. But you will quickly forget the technical aspects as you get drawn into the performance that is The Killdares live.” [Read entire review here]


Proud to support Westone…the In-Ear Experts

Posted by The Killdares on Jun 7, 2011

Westone EndorsementToday we are extremely happy to announce that The Killdares have received an endorsement deal from Westone.  As one of the pioneers of the in-ear monitor, Westone ”continues to be guided by an unwavering devotion to develop in-ear devices that bring out everything in the music for an unequaled sound and an unparalleled listening experience.”  A description that we felt was a perfect match for our band, given how seriously we take our “listening experience.”  We will be joining an elite group of players that includes such artists as Aerosmith, The Cranberries, Goo Goo Dolls, INXS, Natalie MacMaster, George Straight and Weezer.  For more than 5 years we have relied on in-ear monitors to help elevate our performance while on stage.  Now we are proud to say we will soon be doing it with Westone leading the way.


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Headlining 25th Annual Texas Scottish Festival

Posted by The Killdares on Jun 1, 2011

If it’s not Scottish it’s not the Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games for sure!  And as a longtime favorite at the festival, this year we are proud to return again as headliners to help celebrate the 25th year of the largest gathering of Scots in North Texas.  This is a huge 3-day event folks, and is a complete cultural collision of all things Scottish.  We will be performing ALL 3 DAYS at the following Showtimes: Friday (June 3) 9:00PM, Saturday (June 4) 1:30PM & 9:00PM, Sunday (June 5) 4:30PM.  Friday and Saturday night shows are extended concerts!  Tickets available via festival website or at the gate.  Kiltwearers…unite!


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Taste Addison w/ Tracy Lawrence & Third Eye Blind

Posted by The Killdares on May 16, 2011

This weekend we will be returning to Addison, TX as a featured headliner at the huge 3-day Taste Addison food and music festival. Friday you can catch multiple bands including Tracy Lawrence. Saturday night ends with Third Eye Blind. And SUNDAY May 22nd we will be closing out the festival with an afternoon show from 3:30 – 5:00PM. All ages, all food, all fun…


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Returning to Headline Main Street Days, Grapevine TX

Posted by The Killdares on May 11, 2011

After 3 years away from this event, we are super stoked to announce that the band will be returning THIS FRIDAY May 13th to the 27th Annual Main Street Days festival in Grapevine, TX. Only…this time we’re doing it as headliners! This is a great festival with killer crowds and great energy, and we’re glad to be a featured act this year. Showtime 9:30PM on the Bud Light Stage. You don’t wanna miss this one.


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Headlining MayFest in Ft. Worth, TX

Posted by The Killdares on May 4, 2011

Summer festival season for the band starts THIS SATURDAY May 7th, as we headline the Main Stage at Ft. Worth’s MayFest for the 2nd year in a row! This is a great ALL AGES family-friendly event that takes place throughout the beautiful Trinity Park. We take the stage at 8:30PM. So, come help us kickstart the summer with true KD fashion!


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Relay For Life…

Posted by The Killdares on Mar 20, 2011

Online exclusive: Q&A with Killdares founder Tim Smith
Published: March 18, 2011
By: Michael Kormos, Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana, TX —After last year’s Relay for Life campground was unexpectedly rained out, The Killdares improvised and rocked the Navarro County Exposition Center. The show ended with the band accepting a key to the city from Mayor C.L. “Buster” Brown III. Corsicana’s favorite “Celtic-rock” band is coming back to town for a St. Patrick’s Day weekend fundraiser. The Killdares are set to play the Palace at 6:30 p.m. Friday…Read the entire Q&A here


March Madness begins now!

Posted by The Killdares on Mar 7, 2011

…and No we are not referring to the NCAA basketball tournament with Dick Vitale launching spittle into yer face about which spunky little team in rural Indiana got hosed out of a tournament bid.  No…no…no!  We are of course referring to the great St. Paddy’s Day time of year which is well underway.  The “Green” season if you will.  Where the only spittle you’ll be receiving will be from the sweat of the bagpipes, the bow of the fiddle…or that person next to you who talked you into buying them one too many pints!  Either way…it doesn’t get any better than this.  Starting THIS Saturday, you can celebrate the St. Patrick’s March Madness with The Killdares.  Catch the band performing all over Texas in the coming weeks at the following shows.

Saturday, March 12th – St. Patrick’s Day Festival – (Wichita Falls, TX)
Monday, March 14th – Arts Council Northeast Concert Series – (Euless, TX)
Wednesday, March 16th – The Lion & Crown Pub – (Addison, TX)
Thursday, March 17th – ST. PATRICK’S DAY Party at The Idle Rich – (Dallas, TX)  *The place to be on the big day!
Friday, March 18th – The Palace Theater – (Corsicana, TX)
Saturday, March 19th – Lochrann’s Irish Pub – (Frisco, TX)

Check our Shows Page for more details…


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i-Heart Radio meets Whiskey In The Jar

Posted by The Killdares on Feb 22, 2011

As part of the “NEW Discover” Artist-to-Watch campaign, i-Heart Radio has now added The KDs crowd favorite “Whiskey In The Jar” to its Alternative music rotation.  That’s 2 of our songs in the Top 20!  So…start your green season early and play it today!


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The Kessler Theater March 4th – Tickets on Sale

Posted by The Killdares on Feb 16, 2011

Located in the historic Bishop’s Art district in Dallas, The Kessler Theater is fast becoming THE place to see live music in the metroplex.  Winner of the “best listening room in town” award by the Dallas Observer, The Kessler will host The Killdares in our first local show this year on Friday March 4th.  Showtime: 8:00PM.  This is our first time to play this very cool venue, so come help us kick off the St. Paddy’s season early! Fiddler Ruby Jane opens the show.  Tickets available via the venue website.


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The KDs join Clear Channel’s i-Heart Radio – PLAY US TODAY!

Posted by The Killdares on Feb 3, 2011

Today we are thrilled to announce that The Killdares have been chosen as an Artist-to-Watch in Clear Channel’s Alternative i-Heart Radio campaign…NEW “Discover & Uncover.” Our re-imagined audio AND video version of the famed Ramones song “Blitzkrieg Bop” is now featured in 23 markets across the country on muliple Clear Channel radio websites…and WE NEED YOUR HELP! All you have to do is go to our i-Heart Radio “New Music” page on all these Alternative stations and press PLAY!  This is major radio folks…and the more you click to listen to the band…the higher we move on the charts. A list of all markets appears below. You can listen to us Read the rest of this entry »


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Tickets on Sale for Mucky Duck Houston

Posted by The Killdares on Jan 31, 2011

Our first show of the year couldn’t be happening at a better place: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Houston, TX. Tickets are already ON SALE for our February 26th show…and must be purchased in person directly from the venue, or by mail. Box office hours are Monday-Saturday 11am – 11pm. Seats are arranged on a first come, first sold basis. Don’t miss the band at this very cool and very intimate venue. Call 713-528-5999 or come by, and get your tickets today!


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New Year, New Website…New stuff all around!

Posted by The Killdares on Jan 7, 2011

Happy New Year everybody! Hope yer all sliding into the new year with grand KD style. 2011 is shaping up to be another great year for us…so we thought we’d kick it off by launching a new website in honor of the new album/DVD “Up Against The Lights”! Whatta ya think of the new design? We sure dig it. New features include a brand new Video Page where we will continue to post stuff of the band in action. We also included some really cool quick-link buttons in the nav bar to join us on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Not to mention we now have our own dedicated KD YouTube Channel where you can subscribe to view all future KD video posts! Lots of new stuff…and we will continue to add things as the year gets underway. C’mon in, click around and stay awhile!


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Brek Lancaster proud to support GIBSON Guitars!

Posted by The Killdares on Dec 21, 2010

Gibson Guitar Endorsement
JUST ANNOUNCED: Christmas came early this year for KD guitarist Brek Lancaster! Today we are extremely happy to report that Brek will be receiving an endorsement deal from Gibson Guitars! For more than 40 years of musical styles, the spirit of innovation has remained strong at Gibson. And for the last 20+ years Brek has made Gibson his guitar of choice by playing a 1971 Les Paul Custom Sunburst model. He will be joining a top-notch family of players that includes Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Chet Atkins, B.B. King plus many others…and is proud to continue his support for Gibson guitars while out on the road.


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