Photo by Shervin Lainez


Craig Finn & the Uptown Controllers

June 8
8 p.m.
Indie Rock, Rock

I Need A New War completes a Craig Finn trilogy of solo albums that began with Faith in the Future and We All Want The Same Things. The specific links are in how Finn’s highly detailed character studies paint a damning portrait of life in the U.S.A. for those struggling on the wrong side of luck. Evident empathy aside, the locally raised Hold Steady frontman here isn’t a psychologist as much as a coroner of living but aimless cadavers, even brief hope couched in misfortune. A devastating storyteller, Finn’s creaky voice is supported by horns and backup vocals with soul/R&B/Spectorish overtones. With Laura Stevenson.