The Hold Steady @ 9:30 Club, DC [8/14/08]
Standard Hold Steady show. Standard = loud and a lot of fun.
I enjoyed this show a lot more than the band's last trip through town, due in large part to the fact that I got there early enough to get a spot where I could actually see the band this time.
My only complaint? Very little in the way of older tunes - the set was almost entirely Boys and Girls in America and Stay Positive. Although we did manage to goad them into a second encore of "How a Resurrection Really Feels."
As for the openers, The Loved Ones... they wear their ties to Lifetime on their sleeves a bit too much. (Lead singer Dave Hause was in Paint It Black with Lifetime's Dan Yemin.) Unfortunately, the comparison is more of an aspiration than a reality.