Irony is something The Hold Steady has worn for years — and really, the fact that multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay left the band in January seems like a stitch in that overcoat. The designer of such irony is Craig Finn, guitarist and storyteller of the Brooklyn foursome, a group charged on Indie Rock and, especially lately, a touch of Springsteen.
Finn, the sharp tongue, delivers lyrical topics ranging from loose sex and Oxycotin to Chips Ahoy and Cinco De Mayo — all things unstable and chaotic.
The Hold Steady play The Southgate House Saturday. Go here to read Rich Shivener's full Sound Advice.