Posted in music | tour dates on March 31, 2009

the Hold Steady @ the Mohawk during SXSW (Angelina M)
Hold Steady

I didn't catch the Hold Steady show at Irving Plaza in NYC last night (3/30), but I was at the one pictured above which took place Friday night, March 20th, at the Mohawk in Austin for SXSW. The packed show was in a relatively small venue. And as you can kind of see a piece of in the picture, everyone was having a good time during the energized performance. One review says...

"The Hold Steady: Renowned for its prowess in concert, Craig Finn and company are still touring behind last year's superb Stay Positive. Shortly after midnight, Finn strolled onto the tiny stage at the Mohawk, waved to the fans overhead and those in front, picked up his guitar and let fly. For the next 60 minutes and change, the Hold Steady affirmed its standing as one of America's greatest living rock bands, a no-fuss yet deeply poetic group that simply speaks from the heart." [Star-Telegram]
And speaking of small venues, the band, who has already co-headlined the very big Terminal 5 (with a band who has 5 shows coming up at the much, much smaller Mercury Lounge), will return to the medium-sized Bowery Ballroom on June 8th, and then play a 2nd NYC show at the same-sized Music Hall of Williamsburg two days later. Tickets ($20) for both shows will be on Am Ex presale Wednesday at noon, and then regular sale on Friday.

And about last night...

The Hold Steady has become an unstoppable rock machine, with a catalog deep enough for the band to peel off song after powerful song in concert without getting to them all.

That about sums up the Hold Steady's performance Monday night at the Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza, on the second night of an extensive spring/summer tour. Playing to a packed house, the band drew from all four of its albums, with a particular emphasis on last year's "Stay Positive" and the group's first record, 2004's "Almost Killed Me."

Whatever the song, singer Craig Finn did his moppet dance while he sang, waving his arms around and gesticulating wildly while Tad Kubler cranked out huge, joyous guitar riffs like they were some kind of gritty rock 'n' roll astringent, good for a soul-scouring deep-cleanse.

And they were: the crowd sang along throughout, clapping out a staccato rhythm on some songs and pumping their fists on others, all to Finn's evident delight. [listen, damnit]

The band's new live/documentary CD/DVD, A Positive Rage, is out April 7th. All tour dates below...

The Hold Steady - 2009 Tour Dates
Mar 31 - Valentine's Albany, NY
Apr 1 - Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, NY
Apr 2 - Calvin College Fine Arts Center Grand Rapids, MI
Apr 3 - Illini Courtyard Cafe Urbana, IL
Apr 4 - Jake's Nightclub Bloomington, IN
Apr 6 - Gargoyle St. Louis, MO
Apr 7 - The Picador Iowa City, IA
Apr 8 - Slowdown Omaha, NE
Apr 10 - Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Apr 11 - The Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 13 - Beauty Bar Las Vegas, NV
Apr 14 - Harrah's Tahoe South Shore Room Stateline, NV
Apr 15 - Harlow's Sacramento, CA
Apr 17 - Coachella Indio, CA
May 3 - Luxor Koln, DE
May 4 - Ahoy (supporting Counting Crows) Rotterdam, NL
May 5 - Liberation Festival Groningen, NL
May 7 - Odyssey Arena (supporting Counting Crows) Belfast, UK
May 8 - O2 Arena (supporting Counting Crows) Dublin, IE
May 10 - SECC (supporting Counting Crows) Glasgow, UK
May 11 - Manchester Evening News Arena (supporting Counting Crows) Manchester, UK
May 13 - NIA (supporting Counting Crows) Birmingham, UK
May 14 - Wembley Arena (supporting Counting Crows) London, UK
May 16 - Cardiff Arena (supporting Counting Crows) Cardiff, UK
May 18 - BIC (supporting Counting Crows) Bournemouth, UK
May 19 - Cockpit Leeds, UK
May 20 - Junction Cambridge, UK
May 22 - Pavillion Falmouth, UK
May 24 - Centre Brighton, UK
May 30 - Mountain Jam Hunter Mountain, NY
Jun 08 - Bowery Ballroom, NY, NY
Jun 10 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Jun 12 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center (supporting Dave Matthews Band) Saratoga Springs, NY
Jun 13 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center (supporting Dave Matthews Band) Saratoga Springs, NY
Jun 16 - Riverbend Music Center (supporting Dave Matthews Band) Cincinnati, OH
Jun 17 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (supporting Dave Matthews Band) St. Louis, MO
Jun 19 - Post-Gazette Pavilion (supporting Dave Matthews Band) Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 20 - Post-Gazette Pavilion (supporting Dave Matthews Band) Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 3 - Rothbury Festival Rothbury, MI

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Comments (25)

They kicked AZZ last night! Played for a while, too. Great set.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 12:34 PM

There were so many ugly chicks there, it was radical.

Posted by Carlos | March 31, 2009 12:35 PM

i fucking love this band.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 12:40 PM

Carlos: So funny...I thought the same thing.

I'm not a huge fan but decided go to anyway, about halfway through the set I determined that almost every HS song sounds the same.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 12:43 PM

I would like to personally thank the guy who decided to throw up in the 2 working bathroom sinks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 12:50 PM

heard the place was a mess last evening

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 12:51 PM

ugly or not, did anyone get laid?

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 1:02 PM

This band is not good.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 1:11 PM

Wow, great show, I hate Terminal 5!

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 1:27 PM

ahhh...mohawk. i was at this show. the mohawk in austin is a legendary craphole and wicked venue that makes me feel like teenage sex every time i walk in there. mega gracias.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 1:45 PM

well, at least they're better than passion pit..............

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | March 31, 2009 1:52 PM

The roofies were flowing last night.

Posted by Punani Pirate | March 31, 2009 2:02 PM

They played an awesome set last night. Although felt a little out of place, it seemed like the majority of the people there were 35+

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 2:41 PM

Touring with Counting Crows and Dave Matthews Band....makes sense.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 3:57 PM

huge hold steady fan but last nights show sucked. flat out. band wasn't on point. crowd was pretty lame mix of frat boys, old dudes and douches wearing armani glasses. the mix was shitty, could barely hear Franz's vocals or keyboard. all in all, really glad I didnt pay for a ticket.

Posted by mcg | March 31, 2009 4:03 PM

With the walls covered in radio station ads and banners, the big ass tour bus, and a whole heaping fuckload of attitude in the band's entourage, The Hold Steady are now officially full of shit and completely over.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 4:18 PM

man i love this band on their own merits, but I gotta say, the fact that they make hipsters froth at the mouth is an added bonus.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 4:57 PM

I would let Craig Finn pee in my ass

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 7:29 PM

mcg is so fucking cool and above it all that he didn't even have to pay for a ticket!

great show last night.

Posted by kenny | March 31, 2009 10:45 PM

It now totally undeniable - The Hold Steady are bigger than Ponytail.

Posted by Anonymous | March 31, 2009 11:21 PM

Hey brooklynvegan (the guy),

Do you wear earplugs? You go to a lot of shows.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 12:32 AM

I second 12:32

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 12:42 AM

I'm sure he goes to tons of show but he just said above he did not go - and most other reviews seem to be by other people

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2009 12:00 PM

I saw the Townson, MD free show on Sunday and twice in Austin at SX (my first time seeing them btw)....what I noticed was that they all seemed incredibly exhausted. Hell Franz didn't even start pogoing around until the encore

Posted by Between Love and Like | April 1, 2009 2:54 PM

I know him, and he does....

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2009 12:25 PM

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