Voice Choices

The Hold Steady


It’s not surprising that music writers hold these guys dear to their hearts; they’re as wordy as any rapper and cover the rock scene better than most scribes do themselves. Also not surprising that, eventually, they would make a kind of so-so album after three great ones. That doesn’t give you an excuse to miss what’s still an inspirational and perspirational live band—like their hero and admirer the Boss, they still know how to make bar band aesthetics seem like something much grander.

Mon., March 30, 8 p.m., 2009

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