Hold Steady Hit The Road

Anyone going to Hold Steady’s free show at Castle Clinton tonight? You’ll presumably hear cuts from the band’s third album Boys and Girls in America (10/3). And I’m jealous of you. (I have to wait ’til Lollapalooza.)

Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield tells us what to expect with Boys and Girls:

Damn you, Hold Steady! How can any band be this good?

If there’s an instant anthem a la “Your Little Hoodrat Friend,” “Barfruit Blues,” or “Killer Parties,” it?s “Chillout Tent,” a sequel to Journey?s “Don?t Stop Believin?,” with two young lovers meeting at the rock festival?s medical emergency area after too many mushrooms. Definitely a punk rock romance for our time, and a song only the Hold Steady could write.

You had me at Journey, Rob.

I know some of you have the album. Fill us in.