It’s rare that we here at indie617 toss a “local” band into the Song of the Week fray, but thats’ what we did this week with RIBS’ fantastic new single “1992.” Nominated by Michael Marotta, the return of the Boston/NYC duo wasn’t enough to take SOTW honors, however, as Julie Kramer’s pick of The Hold Steady’s new single “Denver Haircut” had just enough juice to take the crown.

The Hold Steady, meanwhile, play four nights at The Sinclair in Cambridge, September 12 to 15. Some of those shows are already sold out, so check your local listings to see if you can still get in.

And stay tuned next week for a special-edition SOTW poll that celebrates the midway point of 2019.

Featured Hold Steady photo by D. James Godwin.