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The Hold Steady, The Whigs

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.

Athens, Georgia trio The Whigs support with songs from their three albums, including this year's Into the Dark.

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