<teen girl squad voice>Soooo cool!</teen girl squad voice>
Lot's of energy, lots of fun. Got to hear some stuff from the not-yet-released album "Stay Positive," but it was mostly crowd pleasers I knew.
Keyboardist Franz Nicolay was outrageous, rocking his Tom Tucker mustache and gesticulating like a small-town Italian opera performer unsuccessfully trying to adapt to silent movies. Front man Craig Finn was just rocking his own socks off with pleasure. He had Dave Matthews' hair line, Jerry Seinfeld's khakis-and-sneakers combo, and the moves of a twelve year old who just snorted 4 poorly ground up Adderal and turned his step father's stereo up to 11. Result: entertaining.
I really like Finn's barely singing-mostly-speaking thing, but Special Lady Friend doesn't care for it. Surprisingly he was much more melodious live, much to S.L.F.'s liking. Over all the sound was quite good, perhaps more agreeable for some than the studio versions, though less idiosyncratic.
I also discovered the new unofficial SMC motto lurking in the lyrics of "You Can Make Him Like You"
You don't have to go to the right kind of schools,Oh! Zing!!
If your boyfriend comes from the right kind of school.
Also, I love the wittiness of naming one of their records "Almost Killed Me," so that you can list it's full title as the complete sentence "The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me." If I were to magically become a rock star I would title my first album "Is Big in Europe" to achieve the same effect.
Conclusion: Rocking good times. See them.