Chances are, you know of Franz Nicolay, the dapper Brooklyn gypsy punk frequently found pop-eyed and hitting high notes behind the Hold Steady's keyboard, but you probably thought all he did in his downtime was wax that much-discussed mustache. Turns out the work of a full-time Renaissance man is never finished, what with stints as a multi-instrumentalist for several apocalyptic-cabaret orchestral outfits (the World/Inferno Friendship Society, Guignol) and as founder and fellow chamber composer for hire of the nonprofit Anti-Social Music collective. Somewhere in there, Nicolay managed to record a solo album; titled Major General, it successfully combines his fetishes for polished fist-pumping rock and revivalist theatrics, and it will be showcased in what we hope will be the most raucous manner possible at the Triple Rock this Friday. The tough broads and boys behind the '60s sock-hop sounds of the God Damn Doo Wop Band join. 21+.
Fri., Jan. 16, 9 p.m., 2009