The Hold Steady


There was a time when indie kids wouldn’t admit to listening to Springsteen — the alt-country kids might cop to liking Nebraska, but that was it. That is, until the Hold Steady crashed the party, and a whole scene reawakened to its love for anthemic paeans to the hopeless hopefulness of America’s suburban outsiders. Where 2004’s Almost Killed Me skillfully merged the wordy Van Morrison/Bob Dylan operatics of early Springsteen with the barfly poetry of prime Thin Lizzy and the wistful whimsicality of Minneapolis punk, 2006’s Separation Sunday upped the lyrical and conceptual ante, hoisting Craig Finn’s almost-annoying vocals over tracks that pushed THS’s Boss fetish towards Darkness on the Edge of Town territory, setting a template that the band has followed ever since. 2014 promises the release of Teeth Dreams, and if single “I Hope this Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” is any indication, Finn and company have picked up right where they left off.

Thu., Feb. 6, 9 p.m., 2014