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The Hold Steady played another great show last night. It was more guitar heavy than usual. It looked like Craig was playing guitar on most songs and there was a notable absence of any keyboards. I was in the balcony so I didn’t get to take any photos or anything. I did head downstairs to go crazy for “Constructive Summer” but that was it. Anyways, it was a fun time. Here’s what they played:

  1. “Hornets! Hornets!”
  2. “Hurricane J”
  3. “Cattle and Creeping Things”
  4. “Barfruit Blues”
  5. “Rock Problems”
  6. “Ask Her For Some Adderall”
  7. “Chips Ahoy!”
  8. “Stuck Between Stations”
  9. “Sequestered In Memphis”
  10. “We Can Get Together”
  11. “Same Kooks”
  12. “The Swish”
  13. “Your Little Hoodrat Friend”
  14.  “Stevie Nix”
  15. “Constructive Summer”
  16. “The Weekenders”
  17. “You Can Make Him Like You”
  18. “Southtown Girls”
  19. “Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night”
  20. “Most People Are DJs”
  21. “The Power of Love” (encore)
  22. “Massive Nights” (encore)
  23. “Stay Positive” (encore)

The Trib has a review of last night’s show.

It’s back to Metro tomorrow night to see Braid.

Speaking of which, AV Club just put up an extensive interview with Braid.


This was probably the best show I’ve ever seen at Lincoln Hall but I don’t really remember too much of it. I did get there a little early so I could be sure to grab a good spot.

Tim Kasher

This was my fourth time seeing Tim this year but the first time I didn’t see him headline. The kids didn’t seem to be into Tim Kasher as much, but then again he was the opener. I have a feeling that many people didn’t know who he was. However, I saw some kids singing their hearts out, especially the kids wearing glasses and plaid shirts. It was a solid performance by Mr. Kasher. He played most of the songs from the album and he did covers of Bowie, The Good Life, and Cursive. Also, he still hasn’t had a haircut since July. I’ve seen him four times in six months and I’m still not sick of him.

Here’s a photo I took:

Tim Kasher set list:

  1. “Bad, Bad Dreams”
  2. “No Fireworks”
  3. “Just Don’t Get Caught”
  4. “There Must Be Something I’ve Lost”
  5. “Empty Bed” (Good Life cover)
  6. “Cold Love”
  7. “Surprise, Surprise”
  8. “Soul Love” (David Bowie cover)
  9. “A Grown Man”
  10. “Driftwood: A Fairy Tale” (Cursive cover)
  11. “I’m Afraid I’m Gonna Die Here”

The Hold Steady

I’d been looking forward to this since the day it was announced. The Hold Steady is probably my favorite live band. Lincoln Hall is my favorite live music venue. It was bound to be epic and it did not disappoint. It’s funny that one of the last shows of the year would be one of the best.

I was really bummed out that the Hold Steady didn’t play this summer and I was slightly disappointed by their show at the Vic. This made up for all of that.

I had been listening to their music all week. “Hornets! Hornets!” had been stuck in my head all day, especially that line that goes “She said I really like the crowds at the really big shows, people touching people that they don’t even know.” I thought it’d be the perfect song to start the night (because you can’t start with “Constructive Summer” in the winter).  The song started with Craig speaking into the mic, “She said always remember . . . ” The crowd went crazy. At that moment, I knew it was going to be an amazing show.  Hold Steady shows are always a good time, but this one was especially so because of the length of the set and the songs that were chosen. I’d say that they played about 95% of my favorite Hold Steady songs. There was a lot of jumping up and down, a lot of singing along, and a lot of drinking. It was definitely a great time. It was really cool seeing them in a venue this intimate (Lincoln Hall holds 500 whereas HOB holds 1300, the Vic holds 1400, and the Riv holds 2500).  I don’t know if the performance could ever be topped, but the next time they come into town, I’ll definitely be there.

The Hold Steady set list:

  1. “Hornets! Hornets”
  2. “Hurricane J”
  3. “Girls Like Status”
  4. “The Swish”
  5. ‘Rock Problems”
  6. “You Can Make Him Like You”
  7. ‘We Can Get Together”
  8. “Cattle and the Creeping Things”
  9. “Navy Sheets”
  10. “Chips Ahoy!”
  11. “Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night”
  12. “Stuck Between Stations”
  13. “Southtown Girls”
  14. “Your Little Hoodrat Friend”
  15. “The Smidge”
  16. “Stevie Nix”
  17. “Most People Are DJ’s”
  18. “Constructive Summer”
  19. “Massive Nights”
  20. “Slapped Actress”
  21. “Sweet Part of the City” (encore)
  22. “Sequestered In Memphis”(encore)
  23. “Stay Positive” (encore)
  24. “Killer Parties” (encore)

You can also check out a recap of the show by MeanLittleBumbleBee.

She even has a video of the first song up on Youtube:

The Hold Steady finally announced a Chicago date for 2010. The problem is that it’s not until October 1st. I can’t believe they haven’t played here in over a year already. I don’t know how I am going to handle another two and a half months. Well that got me thinking about their last show in Chicago. That’s when they played the Taste of Randolph 2009.

This was the fifth time I saw the Hold Steady. In fact, it was the fifth time I had seen them in less than a year. Over that period of time, the intensity of their live shows had transformed me from a casual listener to a die-hard fan. I went to the fest with a few other people but I don’t really remember anything but the music.

I tend to go into a trance when I see the Hold Steady perform. All I want to do is hear the music, jump around, and sing along. I know it’s cliche to compare their shows to a religious experience but being at a Hold Steady performance fills me with that sense of belonging and community that I felt when I went to mass as a kid. This crowd of strangers turns into a group of friends. To compare it to a ritual is not to say that it’s a boring experience. For me, it’s simply reassuring to know that after watching the Hold Steady play, I will leave feeling better than when I got there. I don’t remember too many of the specifics of that show. I know the song that “Constructive Summer” stuck out in my mind, most likely because that was the only time I actually saw the Hold Steady play during the summer. Knowing how much fun I had at that show, I only hope that I can feel something like that the next time they play. Here’s hoping that the next few months fly by.

Here are some videos of the show that I found on YouTube:

Here are some assorted links regarding the show:

The Hold Steady released another new song today, “The Weekenders.” It’s probably my favorite of their new songs so far. Can’t wait to jump around to it the next time I see them. Listen to “The Weekenders” here.

This is why I don’t like big shows in Chicago. Apparently the Spoon show @ Aragon kind of sucked. Now I don’t feel so bad about missing it. I saw them once at Emo’s back in college and I don’t think it’ll get better than that. Here’s is Kot’s review of the Aragon performance. I guess the sound was pretty bad. Now that I think about, when I saw Tegan & Sara there last week, it was nearly impossible to hear Tegan singing.

Stereogum has a Progress Report with Ra Ra Riot. Sounds like the next album will be great.

Murder by Death have their new album, Good Morning Magpie streaming. I’ve listened to a few tracks so far. Pretty good from what I have heard. I love that the first two tracks have bourbon and whiskey in their respective titles. I really need to buy tickets for their show next month but I keep forgetting.

Pitchfork talks up “Year’s Not Long” by Male Bonding. It’s a good song with infectious energy.

No surprise here but the new Band of Horses song is great. Too bad they aren’t doing a headlining tour anytime soon.