The Brooklyn-based bar rockers inThe Hold Steady
, having just dropped their latest,Heaven Is Whenever
album in May, are knee-deep in their national summer tour, with stops all over the U.S. and even the occasional dip across the Canadian border. Their new album has met widely positive reviews, and the live set will undoubtedly showcase its more mature tone alongside the nostalgic nerdy hits of albums past.
At least, Eric Grubbs seems to think so. In this week's paper, he discusses the band's live performance merits:
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Craig Finn and his bandmates definitely owe a debt to the E Street Band and The Replacements when they play live, but not in a way that mocks or disrespects. Backed by two extra members onstage, calls-to-arms from Boys and Girls in America, Stay Positive, and 2010's Heaven is Whenever will keep you on your feet.Continue reading...
And with The Hold Steady being joined on this bill by The Whigs, who recently released their third full-length, In The Dark, and also know a thing or two about putting on a good live show, tomorrow night's stop at the Granada Theater should prove quite the entertaining affair.
Many thanks, then, to the fine folks at the Granada, who have passed along two pairs of tickets to this sure-to-sell-out show for us to hand out to some some lucky DC9 readers. You can win them if you're among the first two people to email Pete with the words "Hold My Whig Steady" in the subject line. Good luck!
Update: Contest is over. Congrats to our winners!