Tag: Hold Steady

Album Review: Franz Nicolay keeps up pell-mell pace on 'Do the Struggle'

Latter-day vaudevillian Franz Nicolay keeps up the pell-mell pace on his third solo album, “Do the Struggle,” dashing through songs with the urgency of a man overflowing with deeply felt emotions and important things to say. It’s compelling as hell on opener “The Hearts of Boston,” a barroom reel with fiddle careening over a speedy shuffle beat as Nicolay muses,…

Urgent and vivid storytelling by Franz Nicolay on new LP, 'Luck and Courage'

There’s often an urgent electricity to Franz Nicolay’s music, as if he’s scribbling down observations just before, just after or sometimes even right in the midst of portentous events. It was there on his solo debut, “Major General,” and it’s there on the follow-up, “Luck and Courage” (Team Science Records). The former Hold Steady keyboard player (and member of World/Inferno…