Image by The Hold SteadyImage by 20080807holdsteady.jpg The bands visit to Charleston is to promote their new album, Stay Positive.
Pitchfork liked their new album pretty well giving it a rating of 8.4, saying:
While its title and lyrics often make Stay Positive sound like a darkest-before-the-dawn kind of record, the themes Finn keeps returning to-- skipping town, starting over clean, resurrection-- all speak to the redemptive power of second chances. When the Hold Steady plead with you to "stay positive," and you consider their unlikely and continued ascendancy, you could do worse than take them at their word.
The Charleston City Paper also has a write-up and interview with the band.
Here's a the video for their song Don't Look Down off the new album: