The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and Tad Kubler cover the 'Mats "Within Your Reach"

Craig Finn sure has been busy lately. In addition to putting the finishing touches on his first solo album, the "Friday Night Lights" inspired, Clear Heart Full Eyes, and plotting a subsequent solo tour, he and guitarist Tad Kubler took part in a Replacement's tribute show Wednesday night at Bowery Electric in New York City in advance of The Hold Steady's big show in town tonight.

They do a cover of the subdued Hootenany classic, "Within Your Reach," with Finn (proudly sporting a rad Minnesota Twins track jacket) even waxing nostalgic about getting introduced to the 'Mats through that album when he was a tennis playing 7th grader. 

This performance was one of many special covers featured throughout the NYC 'Mats tribute, and Pitchfork has a few more videos from the night to check out (including a wild cover of "Bastards Of Young" by Finn, Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles, Tommy Ramone, and Jesse Malin).

Craig Finn and Tad Kubler - "Within Your Reach"

And not to be outdone, as most of you Twin Cities music fans are aware of, First Avenue is hosting their annual Tribute To The Replacements next Friday night, featuring a full run-through of Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash, in honor of the 'Mats landmark debut's 30th Anniversary. There is a stellar list of local bands and special guest vocalists scheduled to perform:

Performing in the First Avenue Mainroom-- House Band The 4onthefloor Red Pens Story Of The Sea feat David Campbell and Jim McGuinn BNLX Night Moves Black Church Service

Performing in the 7th St. Entry Poverty Hash The White & Lazy All-Stars High On Stress Martin Devaney Ashleigh Still John Swardson

Plus special guest vocalists: Arzu (Pink Mink) Brendan Green (The Goondas) Brian Vanderwerf (Chooglin') Chris Besinger (STNNNG) Christy Hunt (Pink Mink) Curtiss A Dale T. Nelson (Otto's Chemical Lounge) Dude Weather Erik Hendriksson (2010 contest winner) Jacob Mullis (Fort Wilson Riot) Joey Ryan (Joey Ryan & the Inks) Orion Treon (Phantom Tails) Reed Wilkerson (The Japhies)

Both the Mainroom and the Entry will be rocking with the raucous sounds of our most beloved bar band, The Replacements. These shows are always a lot of fun for both the musicians and the fans, with memorable moments occurring at nearly every turn. So, mark next Friday down on your calendar, you don't want to miss out on the fun.

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