Monday, December 22 2014
From Polish black metal to mind-blowing progressive R&B and electronic music, 2014's best albums certainly have something for everyone.
Wednesday, October 8 2014
From breathtaking reformulations of shoegaze to British soul revival, this batch of stellar recordings from the 2000s is an eclectic one.
Thursday, February 27 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
Sixty slices of musical greatness highlighted by one of the most delightful expletive-ridden hits in pop music history.
Thursday, December 18 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.
Thursday, January 28 2010
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.
Sunday, March 23 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.
Sunday, January 22 2012
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, April 4 2010
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
Wednesday, February 1 2012
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
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
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
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