I saw The Hold Steady commemorated their 8th anniversary as a band by playing Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday and Monday nights. The MHoW is a much smaller venue than they typically play, but the crowd was enthusiastic and clearly knew most of the words to THS' entire set, so it must have been a little bit like what The Hold Steady's early shows looked like - just a sweaty room full of serious music fans wearing rock band t-shirts and flannel, pumping their fists and holding aloft the occasional crowd surfer.
The Hold Steady started their encore with two favorites from Separation Sunday, "Hornets! Hornets!" and "Your Little Hoodrat Friend." I think the guy in front of me experienced Nirvana during "Your little Hoodrat Friend"'s long guitar outro.