On the afternoon of the last day of SXSW, I saw the Hold Steady on the patio of Red 7, at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase, and it was pretty close to the ideal setting for a Hold Steady show: outdoors on a sunny, summery day, with a crowd small and loose enough that one could get to and from the bar with relative ease. They played a few songs from the new Teeth Dreams, among them “Spinners,” perhaps my favorite track on the album (it’s like a four-way tie right now). Anyway, an animated video for “Spinners” has just been released, and while Craig Finn’s detailed lyrics reject visual accompaniment by nature, it’s a nice thing to watch while the song plays. You can check it out below, and if you haven’t already, you should really read Tom’s Premature Evaluation of Teeth Dreams, which is sincerely just great.
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