Monday, March 24 2014
While the Hold Steady's catalog has consisted of detailed character sketches and scenarios extolling the virtues of indulging the devil whispering in your ear, Teeth Dreams deals with the demons left in the wake.
Tuesday, February 19 2013
Multi-instrumentalist Franz Nicolay established a name for himself in bands like Hold Steady and Against Me!. Here, the self-professed auto-didact discusses Kickstarter campaigns, Springsteen, and his sideline stint as a writer.
Wednesday, October 26 2011
The Hold Steady's music represents a delightfully perverse amalgamation of the Rolling Stones’ unbridled sexuality, Jack Kerouac’s open-road spirit, and the Replacement’s independent sensibility. No doubt, any of these 10 songs would make a great “gateway drug” for anyone interested in discovering the charms of the group for the first time.
Monday, September 12 2011
Lead singer Craig Finn dances like a 12-year-old who has forgotten his Ritalin.
Tuesday, February 15 2011
An acoustic session that tilts understandably towards a playlist of deflated and sadly-knowing ballads.
Tuesday, December 7 2010
Despite the departure of keyboardist Franz Nicolay at the beginning of the year, the band still more than lives up to their reputation as a great live act.
Wednesday, December 1 2010
Weary of Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas” for the 567th time? Here's an alternate selection of songs to consider spinning during the holiday season.
Tuesday, November 23 2010
Without a doubt, the Brooklyn-based Hold Steady are one of the most consistently rewarding live bands performing today.
Friday, April 30 2010
A "gut reaction" to four upcoming big releases.