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Hold Steady to reunite with Franz Nicolay for Boys & Girls in America anniversary shows

Lower middle: old friend/keyboardist Franz Nicolay! Guitarist Steve Selvidge, upper left, was added in 2010.

Lower middle: old friend/keyboardist Franz Nicolay! Guitarist Steve Selvidge, upper left, was added in 2010.

Big news for Hold Steady fans: The group's heyday lineup is getting back together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Boys and Girls in America.

That means "a limited number of live shows this fall to celebrate," the Brooklyn-via-Twin Cities indie-rock faves announced Thursday via Facebook. It also means the return of keyboardist/backup vocalist Franz Nicolay for said shows, the dates of which will be revealed May 18. 

Nicolay left the Hold Steady to pursue a solo career in 2010, telling Paste, "They have their one big idea— making literate, wordy lyrics over big anthemic rock— and the last two records were about as good as I felt like I could do with that idea." 

That big idea was perhaps best realized on Boys and Girls in America, the 2006 record that launched the Hold Steady into the national consciousness and the hearts of critics.

Speaking of records, Thursday's announcement included even more news: the upcoming vinyl reissues of the band's first two LPs, 2004's Almost Killed Me and 2005's Separation Sunday. Expect 'em to drop this fall. 

In the meantime, watch the video for Boys and Girls single "Chips Ahoy!" It's possibly the world's greatest song about a troubled/clairvoyant horse gambler.