On Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins hosted the MLB all-star game for the first time since the week I was born. As someone who grew up spending summers along the Mississippi, I wanted nothing more than to spend that day in the Twin Cities. I'm positive Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn felt the same way while he was busy on the road, spinning coming-of-age tales, packed full of hope in the face of despair. Finn spent his youth watching Twins baseball and dragging his dad to record stores to purchase Replacements albums. Three decades on, he's composed a ballpark anthem for the team, and his band are primed to share the stage with Westerberg and Stinson at their homecoming reunion this September. Finn thoroughly embodies his life-affirming, classic-rock laden anthems, and it's this trait that makes witnessing the Hold Steady live an experience that's as genuine and inspiring as they come. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
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