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Titus Andronicus Cover Classic Rock Hits With Craig Finn And Ted Leo In Brooklyn

This week brings the release of Titus Andronicus’ outstanding new album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, and to celebrate, the band did a five-night stand at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium — a run that ended last night, on frontman Patrick Stickles’ 30th birthday. The outsize ambition of the entire concert run was befitting of the album’s unabashed… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 29, 2015 - 10:22 am

Craig Finn – “Maggie, I’ve Been Searching For Our Son”

The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn recently announced plans to release Faith In The Future, his second solo album, and we’ve already posted first single “Newmyer’s Roof.” And now Finn has shared another one, “Maggie, I’ve Been Searching For Our Son.” It’s a vivid and detailed story-song, with Finn singing about ATF raids and guns brought… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 27, 2015 - 11:23 am

Check Out Craig Finn & Marnie Stern In Seamless Subway Ads

If you’ve been in the New York subway sometime in the past few years, chances are you’ve seen an ad for the online food ordering service Seamless. Their ad campaign seems targeted largely towards (gag at the use of this term) “millennials,” referencing things like subreddits and memes and generally painting a picture of their… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 27, 2015 - 2:26 pm

Craig Finn – “Newmyer’s Roof”

Back in 2012, Craig Finn took time off from his main gig as frontman for the Hold Steady to release Clear Heart Full Eyes, his first-ever solo album. And now that the Hold Steady are done touring behind their great 2014 album Teeth Dreams, he’s done it again. Working with producer Josh Kaufman in Woodstock,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 17, 2015 - 11:49 am

Watch Tommy Stinson, Bob Mould, & Craig Finn Give A Rock Tour Of The Twin Cities

Noisey’s Made In America series travels to different cities around the country to discuss the local music scene with native musicians. The newest installment, “Made In Minnesota,” features chats about the past and present of Twin Cities music with tour guides/Minnesota rock heroes Bob Mould, Tommy Stinson, Craig Finn, and Lori Barbero (whose band, Babe… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 9, 2014 - 2:17 pm

Cheap Girls – “Man In Question” (Feat. Craig Finn)

In recent years Michigan power trio Cheap Girls has become one of the world’s most reliable practitioners of meat-and-potatoes rock ‘n’ roll — the same kind of punk-infused bar rock fellow Midwest natives the Hold Steady have been (more often than not) gloriously unspooling for the past decade too. The bands fit together so well… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 8, 2014 - 4:17 pm

Watch Craig Finn Cover “Scarlet Begonias” With Members Of The Dead

On Friday night, Grateful Dead co-leader Bob Weir hosted a 70th birthday party for his deceased bandmate Jerry Garcia at his TRI Studios. During the show, Weir, along with a few other Grateful Dead members, played a whole bunch of Dead songs with some special guests sitting in. That roster of friends included Cass McCombs,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 6, 2012 - 10:48 am

Six More Indie Songs Inspired By Baseball

Something about America’s pastime inspires whimsical paeans from even the generally sports-ambivalent world of indie rock. Just ask Death Cab For Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard, who took a break from prepping his solo debut, Former Lives (out via Barsuk 10/16), to post a long-dormant track titled “Ichiro’s Theme” to Soundcloud. Gibbard was reflecting on yesterday’… More »

By: Kenny Herzog / July 24, 2012 - 3:28 pm

Craig Finn, Mount Moriah @ Troubadour, West Hollywood 2/20/12

Armed with his superb backing band Some Guns, Craig Finn stopped by the Troubadour in support of his solo album Clear Heart Full Eyes, ripping through album tracks like “Honolulu Blues” and “Rented Room.” Finn also performed unreleased tracks like “Jeremiah’s Blues” and “Going To A Show” while interjecting the stories behind the songs. BonMore »

By: Andrew Youssef / February 21, 2012 - 11:56 am

Hear Craig Finn Play Two Unreleased Tunes

Last month, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn released Clear Heart Full Eyes, his first-ever solo album, and he’s lately done a few different in-studio sessions for a few different media outlets. At a couple of those, he’s played songs that, for whatever reason, didn’t appear on the album. During his session for NPR’s Tiny DeskMore »

By: Tom Breihan / February 10, 2012 - 12:23 pm

Stream Craig Finn Clear Heart Full Eyes

Clear Heart Full Eyes, the first-ever solo album from Hold Steady frontman and expert chronicler of desperation Craig Finn, is all set to arrive. We’ve already posted the album tracks “Honolulu Blues,” “Rented Room,” and “New Friend Jesus,” as well as a live version of “Jackson.” And now you can stream the whole entire LP… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2012 - 11:17 am

Craig Finn – “New Friend Jesus” (Stereogum Premiere)

Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn will release Clear Heart Full Eyes, his first-ever solo album, later in the month. We’ve already posted the album tracks “Honolulu Blues” and “Rented Room,” as well as an acoustic version of “Jackson.” And now, we’ve got another track from the album: The vintage-Finn story-song “New Friend Jesus.” Click below… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 10, 2012 - 10:58 am

Watch Craig Finn Perform New Song “Jackson”

The A.V. Club has a new video series called One Track Mind, in which artists play songs and tell the stories behind those songs — a pocket version of VH1 Storytellers, sort of. The latest entry features Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, whose solo debut Clear Heart Full Eyes is out in a couple of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 3, 2012 - 11:02 am

Watch Patrick Stickles, Craig Finn, Tommy Ramone Cover “Bastards Of Young”

The all-star tandem of Titus Andronicus’ Patrick Stickles, The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn, and Tommy Ramone (along with Jesse Malin and Dave Hause) got together a couple of nights ago at Bowery Electric to rip through a cover of the Replacements’ “Bastards Of Young.” This performance was the grand finale of the NYC premiere of… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 18, 2011 - 9:00 am

Craig Finn Clear Heart Full Eyes Details

Borne of a personal challenge to record a song a day in his apartment, Craig Finn is set to release a new solo LP which focuses on quieter, sparer songs than those of Finn’s most famous outfit, the Hold Steady. And yes, the title is totally a Friday Night Lights allusion:

It’s a… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 7, 2011 - 11:06 am

Craig Finn – “Honolulu Blues & “Rented Room”

At some point next year, Craig Finn, the splenetically wordy and generally joyous frontman of the Hold Steady, will release a solo album under his own name. Finn recorded it earlier this year in Austin, with Spoon collaborator Mike McCarthy producing and members of bands like Centro-matic, the Heartless Bastards, and Phosphorescent helping out. A… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 4, 2011 - 10:06 am

Fightened Rabbit & Craig Finn Cover “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”

Frightened Rabbit’s fourth single from The Winter Of Mixed Drinks, “The Loneliness And The Scream,” will be out in the U.S. in early December, and it’ll come with an early Christmas gift: a cover of Elton John/Kiki Dee’s 1976 smash “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Frightened Rabbit and Craig Finn. We haven’t heard the… More »

By: jessica / November 1, 2010 - 5:29 pm

Craig Finn Adapting Chuck Klosterman For The Big Screen

Hold Steady’s frontman teams with Letterman scribe Tom Ruprecht to turn Fargo Rock City into a movie. The story centers around geeky, teenage metal fans in ’80s North Dakota, and Klosterman will co-produce with the writers. Details here. \m/… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 22, 2009 - 1:30 pm