Since emerging in 2004, Brooklyn-based, Minnesota bred rock group The Hold Steady has won a reputation as America's best, brainiest bar band. They may have a serious challenge on their hands now that they've invited Columbus rockers Two Cow Garage to open five shows for them later this month in the expansive Northwest. Big ups to Micah, Shane, Andy and Cody for earning this awesome opportunity. Tour dates:

10/17 - St. Olaf College - Northfield, MN 10/18 - Fargo Theater - Fargo, ND 10/19 - The Railyard Ale House - Billings, MT 10/20 - The Filling Station - Bozeman, MT 10/21 - The Big Dipper - Spokane, WA

And don't forget Two Cow will play Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit St., this Thursday, Oct. 8 at 10 p.m.