Legendary Hold Steady front man Craig Finn is pulling into town at Frank on Saturday night. Fellow veteran songwriter Will Johnson will be performing with Finn and I would anticipate at least one or two duets before the night is over. I doubt you’ll find a better songwriter showcase on any bill in town.
Download: The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations [MP3]
In this weeks installment of From the Closet I would like to shine a light on one of the greatest bands that you probably haven’t thought of in ten years: Lifter Puller. Lifter Puller, also know as LFTR PLLR, reigns from the great state of Minnesota, which has also given us such luminaries as The Replacements, Husker Du, Soul Asylum, and the purple one himself, Prince.
In front of a sell out crowd at The Parish on Wednesday night, Brooklyn’s finest The Hold Steady set off some M80’s with their raucous set-opener “Constructive Summer.” “We’re gonna build something this summer,” declared frontman Craig Finn as the “party pit” stumbled their way to the front of the stage. Touring in support of Stay Positive, the gang was sharper than keyboardist Franz Nicolay’s on-stage attire and brought a steady flow of beer-drinking, pot-smoking, Max Weinberg-lovin’, ass-shaking rock ‘n’ roll. This was my third time seeing The Hold Steady and by far, their best show in Austin yet. A lot had to do with the Parish’s flawless acoustics and the band’s diverse choice of songs for the evening (review and set list after the jump). Read more