Check Out: The Hold Steady’s “Hurricane J”


Regrettably, Craig Finn kept things low at SXSW this year. No one-off performance. No jamming. Nothing. He stayed true to his agenda, which was interviewing a variety of acts for IFC. But he makes up for it this morning, as the new single for The Hold Steady‘s forthcoming fifth studio album, Heaven is Whenever, surfaced online.

Admittedly, it’s not as catchy (or memorable) as “Sequestered in Memphis”, or rather anything off of 2008’s Stay Positive, but it’s rocking and lyrically sprawling. Finn rattles off about Jessie, “crashing into the harbor this summer,” and while it’s the same ol’ self-destruction we’ve heard about for nearly half a decade, you can’t help but enjoy it. Let’ s just hope there are some more interesting tracks around the corner; otherwise, maybe Mr. Nicolay was right. We’re gonna stay positive, though.

Heaven is Whenever hits streets May 11th.

The Hold Steady 2010 Tour Dates
04/02 – Ardsley, NY @ LIFE
04/03 – New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
04/06 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
04/07 – Albany, NY @ Linda Norris Auditorium
04/08 – Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theater
04/09 – Jermyn, PA @ Eleanor Rigby’s
04/10 – Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater
04/12 – Rochester, NY @ The Club at Water Street Music Hall
04/13 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
04/14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel Club Lounge
04/15- Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St.
04/16 – Harrisburg, PA @ Appalachian Brewing Company
05/04 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
05/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
05/06 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
05/29 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
06/12 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Isle of Wight Festival
06/14 – Paris, FR @ Fleche D’Or
06/21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
06/22 – London, UK @ HMV Forum
06/26 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2