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News of Note: The Hold Steady to play The Wescott by tjwell01

The Hold Steady are coming back to Syracuse for an encore.

PREVIEW: The Hold Steady’s MySpace

The Hold Steady are back. The Wescott just announced that the Hold Steady will play there on April 10 along with The Oranges. Tickets are available on Feb. 5.

The Hold Steady played at Syracuse University a couple years ago as part of that year’s Bandersnatch Series, and it turns out Syracuse left quite an impression. Of course, this isn’t exactly the same band, since Franz Nicolay left the band last month after five years. Nevertheless, this band wasn’t bred to disappoint.

Now with this concert set and Sleigh Bells confirmed yesterday, the stage is set for the second week of April to rock hard.

–Jett Wells


Editor’s Pick #114: Go Away Franz Nicolay! by tjwell01
April 10, 2009, 4:23 pm
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I can’t stand this guy anymore. Franz Nicolay, the keyboardist from The Hold Steady, released his solo album “Major General” this year, and he’s showing his face everywhere now. This post has nothing to do with anything other than my distaste for this guy. It’s nothing personal. I just hate his mustache, and I’m not crazy about The Hold Steady either. I saw The Hold Steady’s  Bandersnatch show last year and I thought their sound was outdated and flat.

I thought that was end of my relationship with The Hold Steady, but I was wrong. Now with solo projects getting more popular (i.e. The New Pornographers), Franz Nicolay just couldn’t help himself—he had to get himself involved.

It’s an awful thing to say, but I just don’t like his face. This will be my far-most immature post ever (I promise), but I couldn’t hold it in any longer. Franz, shave that mustache and go find some vintage clothing shop in Greenwich Village to work in.

If you’re a fan of Franz Nicolay, that’s fine. Here’s his new video for “Jeff Penalty,” premiered on Stereogum.

–Jett Wells, Co-Reviews Editor

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