Craig Finn's spoken vocals are a barrier to entry, but the Hold Steady's first two albums literally contain the beginning of the story. These deluxe editions have enough strong extras to warrant a look.
13 Dec 2016
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.
18 Jan 2012
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.
25 Oct 2011
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.
06 Dec 2010
Without a doubt, the Brooklyn-based Hold Steady are one of the most consistently rewarding live bands performing today.
23 Nov 2010
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