Posted in music | tour dates on September 2, 2011

by BBG

The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady inject another 1.21 jigowatts of electricity into "The Power of Love", the 80s Back to The Future soundtrack fave by Huey Lewis & The News. Check out an AV Club video of The Hold Steady's doing a boozy, Stones-influenced version below, and look for The Hold Steady on the road in late September, including at the Popped! festival in Philadelphia.

The Hold Steady just finished a run of dates with The Donkeys who will play Knitting Factory in Brooklyn TONIGHT (9/2) with The Latebirds and Brooklyn's own Dinosaur Feathers. Tickets are still available.

The show is one of a select few dates for The Latebirds, who are touring in support of the US release of their new LP Last Of The Good Ol' Days (out now). If you just take the band's clearly American-sound for granted, you might not realize that The Latebirds are actually from Finland....

Blurt -Online: Americana really informs much of the sound.

Latebird Markus Nordenstreng: My first introduction to rock music came from Bruce Springsteen when I was eleven years old and that's when I got plugged into the great amp of life, as they say. I became a big fan of American popular culture, from Jack Kerouac to John Coltrane, from Hank Williams to Bob Dylan, from Paul Auster to Patti Smith, from Peckinpah to Scorsese, from the MC5 to Snoop Dogg, from Mother Maybelle to Marlon Brando. I think there is a common thread all along.
In the past ten years I've spent lots of time in the U.S. - not only touring or recording with the Latebirds, but on my own as well. I prefer spending my winters in Southern California instead of Southern Finland for sure...
All Latebirds and Hold Steady dates, plus that video and some other goodies are below.


The Hold Steady covers Huey Lewis & The News - "The Power of Love"

Greatest Hits? by Dinosaur Feathers

The Latebirds - Summer Becomes Fall

September 2nd 2011 Brooklyn NY Knitting Factory (w/ The Donkeys)
September 3rd 2011 Arlington VA IOTA
September 5th 2011 Chicago IL Martyr's
September 7th 2011 Los Angeles CA Bootleg Theatre (w/ Wheelhouse)
September 8th 2011 Los Angeles CA PRIVATE EVENT
September 9th 2011 Hollywood CA AMOEBA MUSIC (Free instore at 6pm)
September 10th 2011 San Francisco CA Great American Music Hall (w/ Mark Eitzel)

The Donkeys -- 2011 Tour Dates
09/02/11 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
09/10/11 San Diego, CA - San Diego Music Thing @ Casbah

Fri 2nd Sep Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater
Fri 23rd Sep Philadelphia, PA Popped! Music Festival
Sat 24th Sep Canton, Massachusetts Life is Good Festival
Sat 15th Oct Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
Sun 16th Oct San Francisco, CA Treasure Island Music Festival
Tue 18th Oct Boise, ID Taco bell Arena
Thu 20th Oct Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum
Fri 21st Oct Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Sat 22nd Oct Seattle, WA The Neptune



Comments (27)

They did not do that song justice.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 1:18 PM

Continuing to prove that the Hold Steady have NO talent.

Posted by Fuey Mewis | September 2, 2011 1:23 PM

agreed. hold steady man is waay to hummus to fill huey's shooeys.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 1:26 PM

Dear BBG,

'80s. Got it? Most people make the mistake of listing the decade like this > 80's. That's fucking wrong. You, however, in an effort to be different, went the less is more approach with > 80s. And while I wholeheartedly agree with that ideology, the less is more approach that is, you're still fucking wrong. Remember. It's '80s.


Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 1:38 PM

that cover is awful

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 1:38 PM

Dear 1:38,

I understand the frustration of seeing things like "your" instead of "you're" and such, but your crusade to correct people who type "80's" instead of "'80s" is just downright creepy.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 1:50 PM

This is pretty fucking bad, but not as bad as the Titus Andronicus cover of They Might Be Giants. Oh Fuck it, they were both equally horrible.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 2:02 PM

this is painful. He shouldn't have sung it in such a low register.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 2:06 PM

It's what happens when you don't have an actual vocal range.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 2:29 PM

god, i really do hate this band. they fuckin suck

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 2:35 PM

wow. WOW!

it's safe to say that's not going to be the one song that's going to push me over he edge to becoming a fan of the hold steady. they've never really done anything for me. but that ... fercryinoutloud is fucking terrible!

two words for ya craig: VOICE LESSONS

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 2:41 PM

I don't know who sucks more! The Hold Steady or Huey Lewis and The News?! I just don't know!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 2:43 PM

is that ira glass?

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 2:45 PM

I bet Marnie Stern is fucking pissed that A) She wasted her time and B) That AV Undercover didn't fuck up the Hold Steady's version too.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 2:49 PM

"huey lewis was actually prety cool" because he could sing

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 3:15 PM

I really like the Hold Steady, but this is fucking terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 3:16 PM

im not a hold steady fan but didnt think this was bad at all?

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 4:47 PM

one crap band covers another, sounds about right...

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 5:23 PM

i love The Hold Steady but that cover sucked. I agree with the other comment about how he should have used a higher register... or a different key... something.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 5:36 PM

huey fucking rules but that fucking sucked. thanks for ruining it THS.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 11:15 PM

how about the haircut on that cutie playing the guitar ;)


Posted by brian j | September 3, 2011 4:46 PM

So white, they make Huey Lewis & the News sound like the goddamn JB's.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 6:18 PM


Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 8:00 PM

You guys are crazy! This cover was CRACKER JACK! The hold steady did a quirky, different version and it came out cracker jack.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2011 8:02 PM

I'd probably like The Hold Steady a bit more if the lead singer purposely didn't sound like he had a cold that wouldn't go away.

Posted by Anonymous | September 4, 2011 1:00 AM

2:02 PM "LIKE"

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2011 3:14 PM

Really just my type of music.

Posted by Greg | February 10, 2014 7:49 PM

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