Wednesday, February 20 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.
Tuesday, September 13 2011
Lead singer Craig Finn dances like a 12-year-old who has forgotten his Ritalin.
Wednesday, February 16 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.