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Check Out: The Hold Steady’s “The Weekenders”

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You’ve gotta hand it to New York Magazine for providing some very-necessary tuneage from The Hold Steady as we wait patiently for its May 4th release of Heaven is Whenever. Let’s do a recap, shall we? We’ve already heard the power-chord happy “Hurricane J”, we’re quite familiar with the Thin Lizzy-throwback “Rock Problems”, and now we’ll have to warm up to “The Weekenders”. But if you like slower melodies from the group, like say “First Night” (off of 2006’s Boys and Girls in America), then you’ll dig this one big time.

Actually, it’s nice to hear them slow down some. We were beginning to worry that this album would be nothing but chords and distortion. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but we enjoy some variety, too. Shame on us for doubting Mr. Finn, I guess.

Given that it’s hitting 80 degrees outside for us Chicagoans, we could use this album right now. And considering they’ve yet to announce a Chicago date (Pitchfork, fellas?), we’ll have to hold onto these previews for a bit.

But for the rest of you — especially those in Ardsley, NY tonight — see ’em and have fun!

Hat tip to Heather Kaplan for the lede.

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
05/05 – 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

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