Two Great Weekend Shows with the Gaslight Anthem on the Water

July 25th, 2013

Jersey anthem rockers the Gaslight Anthem first broke through with The ’59 Sound, in 2008, winning over fans and critics alike. It’s not often a band gets compared to Bruce Springsteen, the Bouncing Souls and Wilson Pickett—and even Pitchfork liked the LP! But the praise was just and the album took the band across the world, where they shared the stage with Jersey Shore hero Springsteen at Glastonbury. But despite finding early success, the Gaslight Anthem (above, doing “45” on Late Show with David Letterman and, below, covering Pearl Jam’s “State of Love and Trust” for Sirius) haven’t relied on the same old thing, instead, changing their sound from album to album. They followed the punk- influenced The ’59 Sound with the roots-y American Slang. And last year they put out Handwritten (stream it below), striking a delicate balance between the two. But regardless of the material, the band remains known for high-energy shows with stage presence to spare. And they’ve got two great shows this weekend at picturesque Hudson River Park Pier 26, tomorrow with the Bouncing Souls and again on Sunday with the Hold Steady.