You don't have to look hard to find someone hailing The Hold Steady as 'The World's Best Bar Band' (for good reason), but Lucero is giving them a run for their money. I've been wanting to see them for several years and finally Lucero played Indy Friday night at Radio Radio for $12. Titus Andronicus opened and they seemed pretty deserving of the hype they are getting (they are an album away from being a name you will know). During this first set, Ben Nichols, Lucero's leader was wandering around the club, enjoying the show and chatting with fans... I always love it when bands do that, makes them seem a little less like high on themselves and a little more like all the rest of us. Anyway, Lucero came out a bit later and played a fantastic set. From their classics to new stuff, the crowd ate it up and the band looked like they were just having fun messing around like a small town band playing the same small town bar that they play every Friday night. It felt right. The highlight track for me was one that i've now found out will be on their forthcoming record. It's a typical Lucero ballad called 'Darken My Door.' Something along the lines of 'That Much Further West' or 'Sweet Little Things.' Great stuff from a band whose sound is enhanced sevenfold in a live setting. The set was capped off with the lead singer of Titus Andronicus coming out on stage and crowd surfing to Lucero's final song of the evening.