Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on May 5, 2008

photos by Paul Bachmann

Hold Steady @ Webster Hall

The first free Brooklyn 'Pool Party' of the summer will happen (at McCarren Pool) on June 29, 2008. The linuep is: The Hold Steady, The Loved Ones, and The Muslims, and the date is not long before the Hold Steady release their fourth album...

Stay Positive is due July 14 in the UK from new overseas home Rough Trade and July 15 in the States from Vagrant. The John Agnello-produced set, recorded in the greater New York metropolitan area this winter, sports both a wider array of instrumentation than past Hold Steady discs, and lyrics that concern themselves with "the attempt to age gracefully." Check out our chat with Craig and guitarist Tad Kubler from February for a little more insight into the forthcoming disc straight from the source. [Pitchfork]
Friday night was the Tribeca Film Festival show at Webster Hall (May 2, 2008). Those who were there said it was good, but short. The Hold Steady's set was less than an hour with no encore. That's because there were lots of bands on the bill and it was more a film festival event than a proper concert. More photos from that, along with the new album tracklist, and tour dates, below....

Hold Steady @ Webster Hall

Hold Steady @ Webster Hall

Hold Steady @ Webster Hall

Hold Steady @ Webster Hall

Hold Steady @ Webster Hall

The Virgins, Republic Tigers and Bad Veins played the Webster Hall show too.

Jessica Szohr from the TV Show Gossip Girls was in the audience.


Stay Positive:
01 Constructive Summer
02 Sequestered in Memphis
03 One for the Cutters
04 Navy Sheets
05 Lord, I'm Discouraged
06 Yeah Sapphire
07 Both Crosses
08 Stay Positive
09 Magazines
10 Joke About Jamaica
11 Slapped Actress

The Hold Steady - 2008 Tour Dates
05-07 Middletown, CT - Andrus Field (students only)
05-11 Rye, England - Camber Sands Holiday Centre (ATP vs. Pitchfork festival) *
05-13 Dublin, Ireland - Academy
05-14 Belfast, Northern Ireland - Spring and Airbrake
05-16 Brighton, England - The Great Escape
06-08 Chula Vista, CA - 94.9 Independence Jam
06-27 Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live !
06-28 Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier (Paul Green School of Rock Music Festival)
06-29 Brooklyn, NY - McCarren Pool $
07-06 London, England - Hyde Park (O2 Wireless Festival)
07-08 Liverpool, England - Echo Arena (Summer Pops)
07-12 Kinross, Scotland - T in the Park Festival
07-19 Chicago, IL - Union Park (Pitchfork Music Festival) $
07-26 Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party

$ with The Loved Ones & The Muslims
* with Jens Lekman, Caribou, Hot Chip, Les Savy Fav, No Age, Black Lips, Of Montreal, Man Man, Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, Atlas Sound, Glass Candy, Dirty Projectors, Times New Viking, Meat Puppets, Jay Reatard, the Black Angels, Marissa Nadler, Wooden Shjips, Girls Against Boys, Shit and Shine, Sebadoh, Ween, Redd Kross, Pissed Jeans, Yeasayer, Fuck Buttons, Apse, A Place to Bury Strangers, the Clientele, Black Mountain, Harmonia, Born Ruffians, Howlin Rain, Car Sick Cars, Even, Hot Chip DJs, Various Production
! with Birds of Avalon
$ with Animal Collective, Jarvis Cocker, !!!, Vampire Weekend, Dizzee Rascal, Fleet Foxes, Caribou, Jay Reatard, Titus Andronicus, No Age, Atlas Sound, Extra Golden, Fuck Buttons, Elf Power, the Ruby Suns, Icy Demons, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar


More bands playing free shows at McCarren Pool this summer are listed HERE.



Comments (19)

holy shit this band has turned to crap.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2008 10:56 AM

Zzzz... SO 2006.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2008 11:10 AM

Let the hipster backlash begin...

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2008 11:35 AM

"holy shit this band has turned to crap."

You gathered that from the pictures? You must have lots of free time now that you no longer have to listen to music.


Posted by Linda McCartney's Ass | May 5, 2008 11:39 AM


Posted by A Free Time Bro | May 5, 2008 11:46 AM

I don't buy this whole "its a film festival event" argument. Regardless of who is sponsoring, this is a show first.

The Hold Steady were great. The commenters here on BV are gonna hate, but the band put on a high energy show and the crowd - jumping, fists-pumping - loved every minute of it.

It was the stuff surrounding the show that was annoying. Let's see:

* The bar was only serving Stella. I know they are a film-festival sponsor, but c'mon.
* Bad Veins only played a 15-minute set at 6:45. What was the point? They are a great band, give them their due.
* Bad Veins were out later to accept an award from some lady having to do with Gossip Girls. That was just weird.
* The lights were partially on throughout the entire set, which kills the vibe.
* No encore for the Hold Steady. And it was only 9:45.
* As people started screaming for an encore, some prick in a suit was chiding all the fans below to get out.

The feeling I got from the entire show was "We are the Tribeca Film Festival, We are Target. We know what good music is. Here it is to you, the ignorant masses." The night felt condescending to me. The no encore was the last straw, a lot of people left Webster Hall cursing Target and the film-festival.

Note for next time. You want to sponsor a show? Its not that hard, just give the fans what they want. Cut it down to three bands, and let them PLAY!

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2008 11:47 AM

11:39...dude, i liked their first cd, i liked their early shows...and now craig is a schizo dork that is so unbearable to watch.

their last cd was boring as shit...i am done...

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2008 11:57 AM

Anyone have the setlist?

Posted by Pete | May 5, 2008 12:11 PM

not only was the only beer stella, they were charging eight bucks for it.

it was kind of a lame event... but i have to say i thought the virgins were pretty good. not original, but good. republic tigers, whose album i like, were a snooze.

Posted by bill p | May 5, 2008 12:12 PM

$8 for Stella isn't so bad when you consider that its $5 for a fucking bottle of water at Webster (or is it 6)?

Posted by nyctaper | May 5, 2008 12:36 PM

Not only was the beer selection terrible, but they had an extremely limited liquor bar, too.

As for the show, I didn't get there in time for the Bad Veins. In my opinion, I agree with bill p that the Republic Tigers were a total snooze. An unexpected pleasure was The Virgins. I think the lead singer is in love with Rik Ocasek, but I still thought they were good. I don't get the Hold Steady and I guess I never will. This was my 2nd time seeing them and honestly, I just don't understand the hype. People seemed to be enjoying themselves, though I can't help but wonder whether they were enjoying the show because the Hold Steady are one of those bands you're "supposed to" like. I don't know. I left halfway through their set and got dinner.

"Bad Veins were out later to accept an award from some lady having to do with Gossip Girls. That was just weird."

That "some lady" was Alex Patsavas and she was the "curator" of this Breaking the Band event. She is a music supervisor and is responsible for placing music in a lot of huge TV shows. She is recognized as supposedly breaking a lot of recent bands, however most of her supposed claims to fame were actually already on the radar or were featured elsewhere, such as in Scrubs, first. I believe she must have an amazing publicist.

Posted by KoolMoeDee | May 5, 2008 12:38 PM

"She is a music supervisor"


Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2008 12:45 PM

@ anon 11:47: Agreed, there was some weird stuff going on. Would it really be so terrible if the Hold Steady had come on for one song? You're not going to motivate people to come out next year if you don't give them what they want. Lame.

Posted by Roland | May 5, 2008 1:29 PM

what's everyone's problem? this is cool music for park slope's young-ish fathers.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2008 1:58 PM

did they play new songs? what were they like?

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2008 2:08 PM

The played "Constructive Summer", which is lyrically reminiscent of Husker Du's "Celebrated Summer".

Posted by anonymouse | May 5, 2008 2:14 PM

The Hold Steady and The Muslims kicking off summer---amazing!

Posted by TWB | May 5, 2008 4:04 PM

Am I missing the RSVP for Hold Steady on that website they link you to?

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2008 4:18 PM

stay positive is going to be the record of 2008.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 7:35 AM

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