Whether or not you believe The Hold Steady is the greatest bar band in the world, expect to see a spectacle when the Minneapolis four-piece comes to town—the kind of no-nonsense spectacle that can make you cheer and celebrate life, and not in a flimsy, superficial way.
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.
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Athens, Georgia trio The Whigs support with songs from their three albums, including this year's Into the Dark.