The Hold Steady Return with New Album May 4

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The Hold Steady's Craig Finn / PHOTO BY Michael Mullady
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Peter Gaston

Perpetually hard-working Brooklyn-based rockers the Hold Steady will release their fifth album in six years, Heaven Is Whenever, on May 4.

Working for the first time since their 2004 debut, Almost Killed Me, without keyboardist Franz Nicolay, who announced his departure from the band in January, the new album is "guitar-heavy," according to Tab Kubler. But it's not a "heavy guitar record," meaning we can expect more nuanced axe-work and a heftier dose of acoustic guitar.

While the lineup and sound might have shifted, the emotionally charged nature of frontman Craig Finn's lyrics should remain unchanged, starting from the album title itself. "I think it has to do with the way that love can help us rise above our modern struggles," says Finn.

Always road warriors, the Hold Steady have already announced 16 U.S. dates in April and May, mostly in the eastern part of the country, and ending with a stop at the Sasquatch festival over Memorial Day weekend outside Seattle. See below for the full itinerary, and the tracklisting for Heaven Is Whenever.

Heaven Is Whenever tracklisting:
1. The Sweet Part of the City
2. Soft in the Center
3. The Weekenders
4. The Smidge
5. Rock Problems
6. We Can Get Together
7. Hurricane J
8. Barely Breathing
9. Our Whole Lives
10. A Slight Discomfort

The Hold Steady U.S. Tour Dates:
4/2, Ardsley, NY (LIFE the place to be)
4/3, New Haven, CT (Toad's Place)
4/5, Burlington, VT (Higher Ground)
4/6, Northampton, MA (Pearl Street)
4/7, Albany, NY (Linda Norris Auditorium)
4/8, Woodstock, NY (Bearsville Theater)
4/9, Jermyn, PA (Eleanor Rigby's)
4/10, Syracuse, NY (The Westcott Theater)
4/12, Rochester, NY (The Club at Water Street Music Hall)
4/13, Cleveland, OH (Beachland Ballroom)
4/14, Pittsburgh, PA (Diesel Club Lounge)
4/15, Morgantown, WV (123 Pleasant St.)
4/16, Harrisburg, PA (Appalachian Brewing Company)
5/5, Los Angeles, CA (El Rey Theatre)
5/6, San Francisco, CA (The Fillmore)
5/29, George, WA (Sasquatch Festival)

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