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.