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Staying Positive: The Hold Steady Live In New Jersey

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Here’s a rule I generally try to follow in my life: If the Hold Steady are playing, I’m going.

Craig Finn and company played White Eagle Hall in Jersey City the other night (5/16) and the show was a blistering batch of Hold Steady classics that sounded as fresh and urgent as ever.

The band tore through crowd-pleasing numbers like “The Swish” and “Stuck Between Stations” and new tracks like the currently album-less “Entitlement Crew” fit perfectly next to them.

A real surprise was the live debut of “Traditional Village” and the show ended with the euphoric one-two punch of “Chips Ahoy!” and “Killer Parties.”

An exhilarating and perfect night.

The band’s Constructive Summer tour continues in August and runs through September.

The Hold Steady Set List:

  1. Hornets! Hornets!
  2. Sequestered in Memphis
  3. Barfruit Blues
  4. The Swish
  5. You Can Make Him Like You
  6. Traditional Village
  7. Party Pit
  8. Banging Camp
  9. Yeah Sapphire
  10. Stevie Nix
  11. Multitude of Casualties
  12. First Night
  13. Entitlement Crew
  14. T-Shirt Tux
  15. The Weekenders
  16. Denver Haircut
  17. Stuck Between Stations
  18. Your Little Hoodrat Friend
  19. Massive Nights
  20. Crucifixion Cruise
  21. How A Resurrection Really Feels
  22. Blackout Sam
  23. Constructive Summer
  24. Chips Ahoy!
  25. Killer Parties