Franz Nicolay

You probably know Franz Nicolay as the mustachioed, accordion-toting, wine-quaffing fellow with the Cheshire Cat grin – looking like a cross between Salvador Dali and Super Mario – rocking out alongside Craig Finn and company in the Hold Steady for the past several years. Things have changed for Nicolay recently – not his look, but he quit the Hold Steady. But the singer and multi-instrumentalist has a burgeoning solo career to fall back on. Last year Nicolay issued his debut LP, Major General, which merged anthemic bar-rock with Balkan textures and cabaret atmosphere. He’s touring behind that album at the moment before hitting the road as a touring member of Against Me! later this spring and working on another album due later this year. With Moneybrother, Charles Leo Gebhardt IV. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Sun., April 11, 9 p.m., 2010

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