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ON TOUR 10/21 - 11/19
Oct 21 - Providence, RI - Lupos Heartbreak hotel Oct 22 - Boston, MA - The Roxy Oct 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric factory Oct 24 - Raleigh - Disco Rodeo Oct 25 - Athens - 40 Watt Oct 26 - Knoxville - Bijiou Theatre Oct 27 - Columbus - Newport Music Hall Oct 29 - Pontiac - Crofoot Ballroom Oct 30 - Chicago - Metro Oct 31 - Chicago - Metro Nov 01 - Minneapolis - State Theatre Nov 04 - Seattle - HUB Ballroom Nov 05 - Portland - Crystal Ballroom Nov 06 - San Francisco - Warfield Theatre Nov 07 - Los Angeles - The Wiltern Nov 08 - San Diego - Cane's Nov 09 - Tempe - Marquee Theatre Nov 11 - Boulder - Fox Theatre Nov 12 - Denver - Ogden Theatre Nov 13 - Lawrence - Granada Nov 14 - Austin - La Zona Rosa Nov 15 - Dallas - Palladium Nov 17 - Birmingham - Bottle Tree Annex Nov 18 - Atlanta - Variety Playhouse Nov 19 - Richmond - Toad's Place Nov 20 - Washington D.C. - 9:30 Club Nov 21 - New York - Terminal Five
Craig Finn loves books and bars. It's not just that he pinched the title of he Hold Steady's third album from the ultimate manual for boozehounds, Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" ("Boys and Girls in America have such a sad time together"), but that every leery line of every song is crammed with the wayward poetry and passion of someone who is more familiar with the bottom of a whiskey glass than the sun. Thanks to his raucous Brooklyn band, his music--louder than its predecessors this time, with a few more ballads--also happens to make a great soundtrack for an all-night bender where broken-hearts and broken bottles become one. --Aidin VaziriSee all Editorial Reviews
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This is a remarkable album, although one I would want to keep my Ramones loving pre-teen away from - they are doing more than sniffing glue here. Yes, there is much drinking and drugging - I been there and seen that and it is a bit sophomoric and repetitive, but this band just rocks and it is funny and bright at times deadly brilliant. And, if you are bright they tell you the downside of constabnt partying.
"Citrus" is tender and accurate - soft and understated. Wonderful acoustic guitar. I am a pushover for novel love songs. And they lament the violence caused by drug traffic:
"I feel Jesus in the clumsiness of young and awkward lovers
I feel Judas in the long odds of the rackets on the corners
I feel Jesus in the tenements of honest, nervous lovers
I feel Judas in the pistols and the pagers that come with all the powders"
"Chillout Tent" is funny and sad and inspired - Hair for the new those who still have hair. I am a pushover for inventive love songs.
"they started kissing when the nurses took off their IVs,
it was kinda sexy, but it was kinda creepy.
their mouths were fizzy with the cherry cola,
they had the privacy of bedsheets
and all the other kids were mostly in comas."
"You Can Make Him Like You" is explicitly perfect - a desert island song. I am a pushover for cynical love songs.
"they say you don't have a problem
untill you start to do it alone
they say you don't have a problem
untill you start bringing it home
they say you don't have a problem
untill you start sleeping alone"
The chorus/chant on "Chips Ahoy!" is genius and for once outlines the down side of drug dependency - there are drugs, and there is lust but there is no intimacy or honest joy. It is funny and sad song and this makes it almost literature.
Buy this CD. Hear their live free concert on NPR's All Songs Considered Concert podcast.
Vaya con or sin drugs. Just buy it.
These guys could have been big time with average lyrics.
Much has been written about Craig Finn's literary influences, but in fact he's far better than his source material. What is boring and sort of silly over the endless hundreds of pages of "On the Road" is brilliant when crammed into 3 or 4 minute songs. And more importantly, this is flat out great rock & roll. And the much maligned piano fills are perfect. None of the songs are anywhere near as ephochal as Springsteen at his best, but it's a million times more intelligent than Springsteen. And a hell of a lot funnier.