The Hold Steady has been called the greatest bar band in America. I’ll go a step further and call them the best rock and roll group in the country. Great songs, intelligent lyrics, stellar live show. All their talents were on display this past week in Boston as they played to a sold out room of hipsters with huge frames, Springsteen wannabees and the jeans and blazer set looking to cut loose for a night.
The Hold Steady’s set spanned their entire career, pulling songs for all five of their major releases. The band was heavier than expected and front man Craig Finn commanded the stage with his animated moves. Guitarist Tad Kubler melted faces like ice cream in July with solos on “Lord, I’m Discouraged” and a killer jam during an extended “Your Little Hoodrat Friend.” I have to say that every song I could have wanted to hear was played–favorites like “Massive Nights,” “Ask Her For Some Adderall,” and the finale of “Slapped Actress” all deserved deafening sing-a-longs.
Despite the Twins loss, Finn, a die hard fan from his time in Minneapolis, relished the crowd and put on a killer party. While Joe Mauer and company weren’t so lucky that night, everyone in the audience was.
Sequestered in Memphis
You Can Make Him Like You
The Sweet Part of the City
Ask Her for Adderall
You Gotta Dance (With Who You Came To The Dance With)
Stuck Between Stations
Lord, I’m Discouraged
Your Little Hoodrat Friend
A Slight Discomfort