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The relentless deluge of hype that's surrounded the Hold Steady's Boys and Girls in America (Vagrant)--people calling it their Born to Run or comparing singer Craig Finn to Springsteen, Pitchfork handing out its highest rating of the year--is the sort of thing that would normally make me hate a record by association alone. But it's hard to listen to Boys and Girls and not get swept up in the epic feelings that've led to all the breathless bloggery. Tad Kubler's classic rock riffage and Franz Nicolay's piano lines are monster, and Finn's writing the kind of lyrics that force you to hit pause and make sure everyone else in the room caught them too. When you hear lines like "The dance floor was crowded, the bathroom was worse / We kissed in the car and we drank from your purse," what else can you do? Soak the record up, pencil it in near the top of your best-of-the-year list, and pray you don't start to annoy your friends by quoting Finn all the damn time. Sean Na Na and Catfish Haven open. a 9 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203 or 312-559-1212, 18+, $16.

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