Drive-By Truckers; the Hold Steady
Dual headliners the Drive-By Truckers and the Hold Steady may come from opposite sides of the Mason-Dixon Line, but they share an intense rock 'n' roll fervor fueled by each band's regional roots, plus an affinity for chronicling lives of sometimes not-so-quiet desperation. For Patterson Hood and the other Truckers, that means Flannery O'Connor by way of Skynyrd. For Minnesota-bred Craig Finn and the now-New York-based Steadies, that means the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, and large doses of Springsteen's E Street Band from across the Hudson. The Truckers' Southern gothic melodrama reached epic proportions on its latest, Brighter Than Creation's Dark (New West), while managing to find universal truths in grim profiles of Dixie dolts and deviants. The Steady's Stay Positive (Vagrant), meanwhile, gained rave reviews as the band rode a fresh muscularity and arrangements carefully nuanced amid the squall. Littering the songs with references to rock history, Finn wrote about cursed visionaries, people being used and abused, and the slippery redemption dangled by rock 'n' roll. 18+.
Sat., Nov. 15, 6 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 16, 8 p.m., 2008
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