November 13, 2018

Japandroids at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Concert Photos

Japandroids at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Japandroids at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Japandroids at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Japandroids at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Japandroids at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Japandroids at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Japandroids at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Japandroids at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Japandroids at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Japandroids at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Japandroids at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Japandroids at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
On October 17, 2018, Canada made history. We became the second country on the planet, and the first country in the G7 to legalize recreational cannabis. I attended a celebration of this monumental and momentous occasion at Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre put on by local radio station Indie88. They called it The Up in Smoke Legalization Event and it featured Japandroids, The Dirty Nil and Indie88 radio personality Brent's band Sure. Click through to those other posts for those pics.

Overall, it was a fantastic event, featuring amazing music from three great bands, snacks like cotton candy, gummies, jelly beans and rockets, paraphernalia like papers and grinder cards, and McD's burgers on the way out. Quite a night.

Japandroids are one of my favourite bands. They've graced the virtual pages of this site for their music and their live shows including shows at Field Trip this past summer and at The Danforth Music Hall back in 2017. I don't think I can say anything about them that I haven't said before. I love their music, their attitude, their live intensity, and the sheer amount of glorious noise that two guys from the wet coast can make. We even got to hear some new tunes, which sounded awesome. They did tell us that this would be their last show for a long time as they go to record. But then again, they said that at Field Trip.

Check out some tunes from their powerful set:

"Near to the Wild Heart of Life"

"Fire's Highway"

"Heart Sweats"

"North East South West"

"The Nights of Wine and Roses"

"Younger Us"

"The House That Heaven Built"

The Dirty Nil at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Concert Photos

The Dirty Nil at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Dirty Nil at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Dirty Nil at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Dirty Nil at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Dirty Nil at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Dirty Nil at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Dirty Nil at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Dirty Nil at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Dirty Nil at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Dirty Nil at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Dirty Nil at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Josie Matt and Carlin at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Dirty Nil are a powerhouse rock band that put on a simply amazing rock and roll show. Their new album Master Volume just came out in September and I got to catch the band once again when they played Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on weed legalization day in Canada, October 17.

The band was in perfect form, doling out tunes with unmatched intensity to a crowd that was packing in close and loving every minute. The new tunes sound amazing and the band consistently proves themselves to be one of the best live bands playing right now. Go see them. Really. Go see them. If you're in Toronto, your next chance is at The Opera House on December 1.

I have seen The Dirty Nil perform before. I caught their live show for the first time at Riverfest Elora back in 2017. I was blown away. Check out those photos here. I also got to see them opening for The Hold Steady during their four-night stand at The Horseshoe. They played on the day of Master Volume's release.

The Dirty Nil played sandwiched between headliners Japandroids and openers Sure. Click through to check out those pics, too.

Listen to some of The Dirty Nil's music:

"Bathed In Light"

"That's What Heaven Feels Like"

"I Don't Want That Phone Call"

"Please Please Me", "Pain of Infinity", a cover of Metallica's "Hit the Lights", and "Smoking is Magic"

"No Weaknesses"

Sure at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre - Concert Photos

Sure at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sure at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sure at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sure at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sure at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sure at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sure at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on October 17, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Indie 88's own Brent has a band. They're called Sure and they're a really solid indie/alternative rock power trio with fun and relatable tunes. I got to see them as the first band on stage at Indie88’s Up in Smoke Legalization Event at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on Canada's first day of legal weed, October 17.

Sure got the crowd warmed up for The Dirty Nil and headliners Japandroids on a fun evening of weed (brought by attendees only and enjoyed outside, of course), snacks like cotton candy, rockets and assorted gummies, jelly beans and other fruit-flavoured treats, plus paraphernalia like papers and grinder cards. And how can I forget the gift of a McD's burger on the way out?

Let Sure's tunes spend some time with your ears and check them out live.

"Bored"


"Neighbours"


"Brittany"

Dinosaur Jr. at The Opera House - Concert Photos

Dinosaur Jr. at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dinosaur Jr. at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dinosaur Jr. at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dinosaur Jr. at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dinosaur Jr. at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dinosaur Jr. at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dinosaur Jr. at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dinosaur Jr. at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dinosaur Jr. at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Dinosaur Jr. at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
I've been a pretty huge Dinosaur Jr. fan since my teenage years. I love the guitar tones and guitar playing, the hook-filled power pop tunes and relentless high energy of the rhythm section. And did I mention the guitar? The tone that J. Mascis coaxes from his Fender guitars and his personal surround-sound enclave of distortion and volume is magical to witness. I'm just glad I wear earplugs.

I got a chance to see Dinosaur Jr. again when they played Toronto's Opera House. This time I got to bring my camera along to capture the experience. We got a special treat in the form of a live recording of Damian Abraham's Turned Out A Punk podcast with all three members of Dinosaur Jr. Then Matthew "Doc" Dunn's opening set. Followed by the main event.

And what a main event it was! I got so many personal favourite tunes like "Goin' Down", "Watch the Corners", "Feel the Pain", "The Wagon", "Start Choppin'", and their cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven". We also got some special guests in the form of Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew on "The Wagon" and Fucked Up's Damian Abraham on two covers that finished off the encore; The Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and Last Rights' "Chunks". What a show!

In other news, J. Mascis has just released a new solo album called Elastic Days. Check out "Elastic Days". "See You at The Movies" and "Web So Dense". J's back in Toronto on December 1 at The Great Hall.

Here are some of my favourite Dino Jr. tunes from their setlist.

"Goin' Down"

"Watch the Corners"

"Feel the Pain"

"The Wagon"

"Start Choppin'"

"Just Like Heaven"

Matthew "Doc" Dunn at The Opera House - Concert Photos

Matthew "Doc" Dunn at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Matthew "Doc" Dunn at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Matthew "Doc" Dunn at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Matthew "Doc" Dunn at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Matthew "Doc" Dunn at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Matthew "Doc" Dunn at The Opera House on September 16, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Matthew “Doc” Dunn and his band warmed up the crowd gathered at The Opera House to see Dinosaur Jr. They played classic sounding tunes with long jams.

Here's some of their music

November 12, 2018

Interpol at Rebel - Concert Photos

Interpol at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Interpol at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Interpol at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Interpol at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Interpol at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Interpol at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Interpol at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Interpol at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Interpol at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Interpol at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
New York City post-punk band Interpol is certainly among my favourite bands and their music holds a special place in my library. Sadly, they've always been missing from my live photo portfolio. All that changed in September, when I caught their live show at Toronto's Rebel as they toured to support the release of their latest album Marauder.

I only stuck around for their first three songs, unfortunately, since I'd already committed to be up at The Horseshoe for the second night of four in The Hold Steady's Constructive Summer series. Fortunately, they hit up some great tunes like "Pioneer to the Falls" and "All the Rage Back Home" plus new tune "If You Really Love Nothing", so I feel like I got a pretty good, if all too brief, show.

Their setlist has a very cool cross section of Interpol tunes that makes me wish I could have been in two places at once. And that encore! Next time.

And don't forget to check out my shots of opening act Sunflower Bean, who put on a killer set.

Here are some of my favourites from the band's setlist.

"Pioneer to the Falls"

"All the Rage Back Home"

"If You Really Love Nothing"

"Mammoth"

"NYC"

"The Rover"

"Rest My Chemistry"

"Lights"

"Evil"

"Obstacle 1"

Sunflower Bean at Rebel - Concert Photos

Sunflower Bean at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean at Rebel on September 13, 2018 Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
Sunflower Bean are an incredibly good rock band from New York City. I've been enjoying their records since I first heard tunes like "Easier Said" and "Wall Watcher" from 2016's Human Ceremony.  I caught their show at The Horseshoe last time they were through Toronto and I vowed I wouldn't miss them again. Even though this particular show was on the same night as the second night of The Hold Steady's four-night stand at The Horseshoe, I made it all the way down to Rebel to take in Sunflower Bean and headliners for the night, Interpol.

The band is awesome live, the songs and the performance channel a ton of 70s influence with some tunes featuring early-KISS and Sabbath riffs, Fleetwood Mac chords and David Bowie glamour, with a unique spin and flavour that's entirely Sunflower Bean.

Check out some great tunes from their setlist:

"Burn It"

"Twentytwo"

"Easier Said"

"Crisis Fest"

"I Was A Fool"

"I Was Home"

The Hold Steady's Constructive Summer at The Horseshoe Tavern - Concert Photos

The Hold Steady at The Horseshoe Tavern on September 12, 2018 for Constructive Summer THSCS Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Hold Steady at The Horseshoe Tavern on September 12, 2018 for Constructive Summer THSCS Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Hold Steady at The Horseshoe Tavern on September 12, 2018 for Constructive Summer THSCS Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Hold Steady at The Horseshoe Tavern on September 12, 2018 for Constructive Summer THSCS Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Hold Steady at The Horseshoe Tavern on September 12, 2018 for Constructive Summer THSCS Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Hold Steady at The Horseshoe Tavern on September 12, 2018 for Constructive Summer THSCS Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Hold Steady at The Horseshoe Tavern on September 12, 2018 for Constructive Summer THSCS Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Hold Steady at The Horseshoe Tavern on September 12, 2018 for Constructive Summer THSCS Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Hold Steady at The Horseshoe Tavern on September 12, 2018 for Constructive Summer THSCS Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Hold Steady at The Horseshoe Tavern on September 12, 2018 for Constructive Summer THSCS Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Hold Steady at The Horseshoe Tavern on September 12, 2018 for Constructive Summer THSCS Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
The Hold Steady at The Horseshoe Tavern on September 12, 2018 for Constructive Summer THSCS Photo by John Ordean at One In Ten Words oneintenwords.com toronto indie alternative live music blog concert photography pictures photos
As constructive summer turns to constructive autumn...

Brooklyn, NY alternative/classic rock band The Hold Steady, who happen to be one of my favourite bands, and one that shines in their live shows, played a four-night stand at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, dubbed Constructive Summer, back in September. I attended all four nights, but only the first with camera in tow.

That first night was probably the most special of the four, since they played the entirety of their Stay Positive album, in order, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its release, plus a greatest-hits batch of tunes from the rest of their catalog. The band leveraged the joys and flexibility of internet distribution to put out some tunes before these multi-night weekend shows, allowing the audiences to hear some new songs, played for the first time for us. As Craig Finn put it, they are our songs that we'll remember in ten years as our songs. Wednesday night it was "Confusion in the Marketplace" and Thursday night it was "T-Shirt Tux". That's a pretty nice touch and a cool shot of uniqueness.

On the second night, certain lyrics and comments by Craig struck me more strongly than usual. This night, it was, "Certain songs they get so scratched into our souls" and "Let this be our annual reminder that we can all be something bigger." Craig mentioned that he wanted The Hold Steady to be a band you can be a part of, that the best bands always are and when THS comes to Toronto it feels like that. These lyrical snippets and thoughts, along with our nightly affirmations that we all get so much joy out of the shows, and that we are all The Hold Steady, are some of what makes The Hold Steady special and makes their fans so loyal. Nice words from a true poet of our time.

Over the four nights, we got pretty much everything we look to The Hold Steady for; engaging stories told through invigorating tunes; amazing musicianship from every member of the band (as a guitarist, the interplay between the three guitars on stage is magical); the lyrics being shouted by almost everyone in attendance; fan-brought fun like confetti to be thrown at just the right moment; meeting some cool people who travel from far and wide to see The Hold Steady; and four nights in a row in the comfy confines of The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern.

Fans of The Hold Steady are diligent types and have detailed out their setlists for each of the four nights. Click through on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday to check them out.

And what about the opening acts? The Hold Steady curated a great set of four opening acts for these special shows.

First night, it was Weakened Friends from Portland Maine. They played an awesome set of powerful, guitar-driven alternative rock. I loved it and would see them again in a heartbeat. My photos from their set are here.

Second night, it was Dave Hause who opened things up. I've wanted to see Dave for a long time. Unfortunately, it was not to be on this night either, as I was already committed to be over at Rebel capturing Interpol and Sunflower Bean. Next time, Dave!

Third night, the rumour mill was swirling that it would be something special. And it was. The Dirty Nil were celebrating the release day of their new album Master Volume and played a powerhouse set for us. I walked away from this show with the solid opinion that Master Volume would be a great new record. And it is. I felt so lucky to be able to see this show on the day of Master Volume's release.

Fourth night, Pkew Pkew Pkew (Gunshots) were the opener. They said that they played last time The Hold Steady played a four-night stand at The Horseshoe, and they did. I was there. Check out my photos here. They did a great job getting everyone warmed up and moving to their high-energy, hook-filled, sing-along party tunes.

And of course, this wasn't my first time seeing The Hold Steady live. You can check out my photos of them at TURF 2016, at The Horseshoe for the bar's 67th birthday, at TURF 2013, which are some of my very first concert photos, and Craig Finn and The Uptown Controllers in 2017.

Some of my favourite Hold Steady tunes:

"Constructive Summer"

"Sequestered in Memphis"

"Stay Positive"

"Chips Ahoy!"

"Massive Nights"

"Your Little Hoodrat Friend"

"Southtown Girls"

"Stuck Between Stations"

"Ask Her for Adderall"

"Hot Soft Light"

"Confusion in the Marketplace"

"T-Shirt Tux"

"Killer Parties"