The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn plots solo tour

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Craig Finn, frontman for The Hold Steady, will hit Boston next month as part of his first solo tour. Born in Boston and raised in Minnesota, the Boston College grad will return to the Hub for a show at Great Scott in Allston on Tuesday, February 28. Tickets for the show are now on sale through TicketWeb for $14. Marcellus Hall will open the show.

Finn will be touring in support of his forthcoming debut solo release, Clear Heart Full Eyes. Scheduled for release on January 24 through Vagrant Records. “Honolulu Blues”, the album’s first single, is streaming below.

Clear Heart Full Eyes is the product of a challenge Finn gave himself last year to write a new song every day in his Brooklyn apartment. “I had written a bunch of songs that were outside of the norm for The Hold Steady, a little quieter and perhaps more narrative,” explained Finn in press release. “I wanted to gain some experience and insight into the process of making a record by working with new people.”

Armed with a set of new songs, Finn travelled to Austin, Texas last July to work with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail of Dead). Clear Heart Full Eyes features backing by members of White Denim, The Heartless Bastards, Phosphorescent and Centro-matic. Of the album’s title, Finn said, “It’s a juxtaposed reference to ‘Friday Night Lights,’ a TV show that excited and moved me and also happened in Texas. Further, ‘Clear Heart’ signifies honesty and transparency, and ‘Full Eyes’ suggests experience.”

Meanwhile, fans of the The Hold Steady can expect the rockers to release their sixth album sometime in 2012.

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