The Hold Steady to play Boston’s Royale

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The Hold Steady have revealed plans for a fall tour that will bring them to Massachusetts in October. The Brooklyn-based rockers will hit the hub for a show at the city’s newest venue, Royale, on Wednesday, October 6. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers Wintersleep, are now on sale through Ticketmaster for $22.

The band is touring in support of their new album, Heaven is Whenever. Released in May, the album is the group’s fifth studio effort and first since the departure of keyboardist Franz Nicolay. Heaven is Whenever debuted at #26 on the Billboard 200 with 23,000 albums sold in its opening week, making it the highest charting album by The Hold Steady.

“I think this is a much more dynamic record than anything we’ve done,” explained guitarist and co-producer Tad Kubler. “I feel as though the last four records, with the exception of the odd track here and there, have been pretty much loud rock albums. This album is sonically more diverse. And I really believe it exposes new elements of the band that we hinted at on other records but weren’t able to fully realize until this one. Rather than just concentrate on changes in instrumentation, we made changes to the song writing process. And this helped everyone to experiment not only with their own instrument and where they should play, but where they shouldn’t. This record doesn’t feel as dense. It feels more spacial. We weren’t trying to get a dozen different ideas on a song.”

In related news, The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn (a Boston College alumnus) will join the likes of NBC News anchor Brian Williams, Good Morning American co-host George Stephanopoulos and filmmaker Judd Apatow when he plays a round of “Not My Job” on NPR’s weekly quiz show “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” on Saturday, July 24.

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