The Hold Steady's Craig Finn will be making his solo debut this evening at Milkboy Philly. The singer will play two sets; the first beginning at 7 p.m. and the second at 10 p.m. (as of press time these are both sold out). The sets will feature songs from Craig's brand new album "Clear Heart Full Eyes" which has been available in mp3 format on iTunes and Amazon since its release in January (the album is also available for immediate listen on Spotify or Stereogum).
Those invested in the raucous side of The Hold Steady, or anyone who appreciates Finn's vocal style and storytelling ability should be able to find a few different angles on this album to enjoy--especially via the slowburn opener "Apollo Baby," and the song "When No One's Watching" (which might bookend nicely as B-sides alongside the rest of The Hold Steady's catalogue). The rest of the album veers from somewhere between Americana, pub-rock, and Finn's musings on the subject of Jesus (religion?). We're still not sure if this is his "Coke Machine Glow," but maybe this album is just meant as a primer or glimpse, not necessarily a new beginning, but a headstart; off-the beaten path but still on board.
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