Saw The Hold Steady last night at Ottawa's Bluesfest. Jesus fucking Christ, I was blown away. Unfortunately they only had a one hour set cuz bluesfest sucks. Also, they're no longer touring with a keyboard - it's been replaced by a third guitar - which surprisingly doesn't affect their sound too much.
also saw john mellencamp and the sheepdogs. john was pretty bad actually - voice was shit and the band had no energy. sheepdogs were pretty good, they've added a keyboard player which is what i said they needed last time i saw them.