The Hold Steady – “Hurricane J”

They’re slipping soft rock into the set list now. “Hurricane J,” the lead single from The Hold Steady's new album Heaven is Whenever -- set to be released May 4th -- finds the New York foursome abandoning their signature blend of smoky, Springsteen-esque bar-rock in favor of a more streamlined, poppy sound. Surprisingly, it works. Musically, … [Read more...]

Two Cow Garage – Speaking In Cursive

Rock N’ Roll, more than any other genre of music, is written for, listened to and inspired by teenagers. Perhaps the simple and carefree days of youth lend themselves specifically to rock treatment, but through and through, the best rock songs are centered on freewheeling adolescents and sung by adults who just want to go back, man. Two Cow … [Read more...]

Franz Nicolay – Major General

With a tiny, in the most literal terms, release of his debut in 2007, Franz Nicolay chose the right time to release his second offering of music. The band he plays keyboards for (The Hold Steady) just finished the release of their fourth album and have clearly cemented themselves as one of the greater Rock ‘n Roll bands currently making music. With … [Read more...]