Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Concert preview: The Hold Steady 

Wednesday, May 5 2010

We're good guys, but we can't be good every night," run the lyrics to "Our Whole Lives" from the Hold Steady's upcoming album, Heaven Is Whenever. The band has yet to prove that theory, and here's hoping it never does. Five years ago, they moaned, "Lord to be 33 forever," and last year's tour snapshot, A Positive Rage, helped their case that they can stay 33 as long as they can still tune up. The unfortunate recent excision of secret weapon Franz Nicolay on keyboards means fans will have to shout along harder to the blocky stuff like "The Swish" and "Constructive Summer" to disguise the (presumed) absence of the part in "Chips Ahoy!" where the bridge turns into Yes' "Roundabout."

About The Author

Dan Weiss

Related Locations


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"