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Thursday, February 27 2014

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Releases for March 2014

Get the early word on some of March's most anticipated albums from the likes of the Hold Steady, Real Estate, and the War on Drugs.


Thursday, December 23 2010

The 60 Best Songs of 2010

Sixty slices of musical greatness highlighted by one of the most delightful expletive-ridden hits in pop music history.


Thursday, December 18 2008

The Best Albums of 2008

PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2008, highlighted by the return of British trip-hop legends and some infectious American indie rock by way of the Cascade Mountains.


Saturday, December 23 2006

Best Albums of 2006

At long last, the annual rite of passage, the "best of" list... Here's PopMatters picks for the best 60 records of 2006.


Columns

Thursday, January 28 2010

Indie Ambition: Hold Steady

Can Craig Finn pull his bandmates with him and lift them up to his arena tour in the sky? The Rockist ponders the future of the Hold Steady.


Reviews

Sunday, March 23 2014

The Hold Steady: Teeth Dreams

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.


Sunday, January 22 2012

Craig Finn: Clear Heart Full Eyes

On his first solo record, the Hold Steady frontman is backed by a more somber bar band, the kind that gets the drunks slow dancing instead of fist pumping.


Wednesday, January 18 2012

Slouching Towards Brooklyn: The Hold Steady - 17 December 2011

Part of the reason it is so fun to see these guys live is because they all look like they belong to completely different bands.


Monday, September 12 2011

The Hold Steady + The Donkeys: 31 August 2011 - Carrboro, NC

Lead singer Craig Finn dances like a 12-year-old who has forgotten his Ritalin.


Tuesday, February 15 2011

The Hold Steady: iTunes - Live from SoHo

An acoustic session that tilts understandably towards a playlist of deflated and sadly-knowing ballads.


Blogs

Wednesday, October 26 2011

The 10 Best Hold Steady Songs

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.


Tuesday, November 23 2010

The Hold Steady + Company of Thieves: 19 November 2010—Dekalb, IL

Without a doubt, the Brooklyn-based Hold Steady are one of the most consistently rewarding live bands performing today.


Friday, April 30 2010

First Impressions: LCD Soundsystem, the Hold Steady, the New Pornographers and the National

A "gut reaction" to four upcoming big releases.


Sunday, April 4 2010

The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever (new album / stream)

The Hold Steady Heaven Is Whenever (Vagrant) Releasing: 4 May The Hold Steady have been dropping pre-release tracks from their forthcoming album, Heaven Is Whenever, like


News

Wednesday, February 1 2012

Separation time for the Hold Steady's Craig Finn

MINNEAPOLIS — Just a few weeks before he headed to Texas to make his first-ever solo album last summer, Craig Finn snuck back home to Minnesota.


Tuesday, September 28 2010

The Hold Steady plays to its strengths

Usually, when a pioneering popular music force is asked to come clean about his musical heroes, the answer becomes a bit of a balk. Maybe


Monday, July 21 2008

The Hold Steady enjoy their status as the world's biggest bar band

Tad Kubler says it happened backstage at England's mammoth Glastonbury Festival last summer, when 177,000 attendees were introduced to the Hold Steady. 'We walked off-stage and


Tuesday, June 5 2007

The Hold Steady hoist a beer to the art of rock 'n' roll storytelling

Talking as much as he sings during songs, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn is like the neighborhood storyteller who draws a crowd as soon as


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