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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

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

Separation Sunday Turns 10

The first lines of Craig Finn’s first Great American Novel: “She says, ‘Always remember never to trust me’/ Ah, she said that the first night that she met me/ She said, ‘There’s gonna come a time/ When I’m gonna have to go/ With whoever’s gonna get me the highest.'” The characters that populate Separation Sunday,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 4, 2015 - 3:03 pm

The 5 Best Tom Petty Albums Of 2014

As you might’ve heard, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers scored their first #1 album this year, with Hypnotic Eye. Thing is, it’s merely pretty good in the grand scheme of the Petty canon. It garnered a lot of positive of reviews, but when it comes down to it, the fact that Petty just now got… More »

By: Ryan Leas / December 11, 2014 - 3:17 pm

26 Essential Songs From The NYC Rock Resurgence

Mainstream American rock music, as you might recall, was in rough shape in the late ’90s. The Alt-Nation era had run out of road for the most part, giving way to legions of awful post-grunge and nu-metal bands soundtracking extreme energy-drink commercials and extreme-sports video games. These were dark times. This was at a time… More »

By: Ryan Leas / November 19, 2014 - 10:26 am

Photos: Boston Calling

This past weekend brought the second Boston Calling Festival of 2014. This edition featured the Replacements, the National, and Lorde as the major headliners, along with Neutral Milk Hotel, Childish Gambino, Nas, Spoon, the War On Drugs, and a lot more. Above you can find a gallery of performance shots and portraits by photographer Lui… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 9, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Watch The Hold Steady Play Conan

Since approximately 2008, Craig Finn’s been sounding less and less like the crazy drunk guy accosting you on the street and more and more like the singer of an actual rock band (and a huge one at that). But that doesn’t mean he can’t still bring the whole madman-poet thing, as anyone who’s seen the… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 23, 2014 - 11:17 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

The Replacements Announce NYC Show With The Hold Steady

The Replacements have begun playing shows again so gradually that we wouldn’t blame you if you forgot. They’ve hit half a dozen festivals so far, and in our experience their set has been really enjoyable. Now the band has announced a show 9/19 at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens with support from the Hold Steady,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 16, 2014 - 6:07 pm

The Hold Steady – “I Hope This Whole Thing Doesn’t Frighten You” Video

The Hold Steady celebrated their 10th anniversary earlier this year with a show at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg. Footage from that special night makes up what you see in their new video for “I Hope This Whole Thing Doesn’t Frighten You,” the lead single off their new album, Teeth Dreams. It simply captures the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 28, 2014 - 11:25 am

The Hold Steady – “Easy” (Deer Tick Cover) & Deer Tick – “Constructive Summer” (Hold Steady Cover)

To celebrate the kickoff of their tour together the Hold Steady and Deer Tick have covered each other’s music. The Hold Steady took on “Easy” the lead song off their tour-mates’ album Born On Flag Day while Deer Tick covered “Constructive Summer,” the first song on Stay Positive. Listen to both below. More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 17, 2014 - 4:56 pm

The Hold Steady – “Spinners” Video

On the afternoon of the last day of SXSW, I saw the Hold Steady on the patio of Red 7, at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase, and it was pretty close to the ideal setting for a Hold Steady show: outdoors on a sunny, summery day, with a crowd small and loose enough that one could… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 25, 2014 - 11:55 am

Watch The Hold Steady Play “Spinners” On Letterman

Today, the Hold Steady release Teeth Dreams, the album on which they once again affirm their status as one of our greatest working rock bands. And last night, they were on the Late Show With David Letterman, knocking out “Spinners,” one of that album’s early singles. It’s still a bit disorienting to see Craig Fi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 25, 2014 - 9:48 am

Stream The Hold Steady Teeth Dreams

Earlier this week, I posted a Premature Evaluation of the Hold Steady’s excellent new album Teeth Dreams, but there was one slight problem with it: None of you motherfuckers could hear the album yet. It hadn’t leaked, and it wasn’t streaming online; the only songs you could hear, in their studio forms, were “I HopeMore »

By: Tom Breihan / March 19, 2014 - 10:23 am

Premature Evaluation: The Hold Steady Teeth Dreams

There are two different ways to experience a Hold Steady album for the first time. There is, of course, the first time you throw the album on, the first time you let the riffs reverberate around in your ribcage for a couple of minutes and then blur into the background while you’re driving or doing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 17, 2014 - 11:29 am

Watch The Hold Steady Play New Song “The Ambassador” At SXSW

The Hold Steady’s new album Teeth Dreams is about a week and a half away from entering your life, and we’ve posted the album-starting ragers “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” and “Spinners.” Yesterday, playing the Public Radio Rock showcase at the SXSW day stage, they brought out a relatively restrained and eve… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 15, 2014 - 1:58 pm

The 10 Best Hold Steady Songs

Rumors of rock and roll’s demise have been greatly exaggerated for almost as long as there’s been rock and roll, so it’s not like this generation has a monopoly on rockist panic. But as today’s most popular rock acts cease to be rock acts — Mumford And Sons’ pop-folk, Eric Church’s country-fried wallop, the car-ad… More »

By: Brad Sanders / March 11, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Watch The Hold Steady Play Late Night

Fun fact: Syd Butler, the bass player in Fred Armisen’s Late Night With Seth Meyers house band, is the Hold Steady’s old Frenchkiss Records label boss. So maybe that’s why the Hold Steady were on Late Night last night, the first musical guests of the second week of the show under Meyers. Or maybe, a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2014 - 9:18 am

The Hold Steady – “Spinners” + Acoustic “The Only Thing,” “Almost Everything”

Next month, Brooklyn’s the Hold Steady release Teeth Dreams, their sixth album and first for new label Washington Square. We saw the band discuss it a bit in that album trailer and heard the slick rock sound of first single “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You.” Now we’ve got another taste via “Spinners,”… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 7, 2014 - 8:04 pm
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