The Hold Steady played the Hi-Tone in Memphis to kick off their short tour leading up to the release of “Teeth Dreams,” their sixth album which will come out March 14, 2014.  It’s available for pre-order now.  The show was packed, and between all the dancing, sing-alongs and fist-pumps I could only get shots of Craig Finn and Memphis’s own Steve Selvidge.  The last time I saw The Hold Steady in Memphis was at a sold-out show at the old Hi-Tone in the middle of summer (i.e. in a 130 degree room full of sweaty people). The lack of heat exhaustion and lower stage at the new venue made Finn’s incredible stage performance stand out even more, and I’m pretty sure everyone in that room felt like he was preaching the rock-n-roll gospel directly to them. With Selvidge as a permanent member now, hopefully Memphis, already a backdrop in several of The Hold Steady’s arsenal of character-driven songs, will become more of a landing place and second home for the band.  I hope they make their way back through once the album drops so we’ll have more songs to sing-along to, and in a perfect world maybe they’d even play a secret show at The Buccaneer, which Finn correctly described as a bar that will “fuck you up.”  I’ll be listening closely to future releases for songs about pirate bars with mermaid paintings.  Hurry back, boys, we need some more massive nights like this one.

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