Keith Roberts will be the first to tell you that his band Young Dubliners is not just some Irish band. Yes, Roberts is from Ireland, but the rest of the Dubliners are veterans of the Los Angeles rock scene and the band’s sound reflects that. Roberts’ accent adds an authenticity to the Celtic element that the band — which just released its ninth studio album, appropriately titled 9 — uses as the fuel for its straight-ahead bar rock. There are no gimmicky drinking songs: This is like a pint of honest rock music with a shot of Irish flair dropped in for extra kick. If you’re ready to get St. Patrick’s Day started early, here’s your chance.
— Mike Bookey