Franz Nicolay

Former Hold Steady keyboardist Franz Nicolay has long had his thumbs in a lot of pies for a while, but Luck & Courage, the new album he's touring behind here, is an especially important one, being that it's his first since he left the indie rock world's most important neo-Springsteeny dad-rockers-in-training.

Franz Nicolay - Jeff Penalty
Franz Nicolay - World/Inferno Vs. The End Of The Evening

Also featuring warbly singer-songwriter and longtime Bright Eyes pal David Dondero, whom NPR dubbed one of the world's greatest living songwriters about five years back.

David Dondero - Wherever You Go
David Dondero - When Your Heart Breaks Deep
David Dondero - Rothko Chapel