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Hear indie-rock BFFs Craig Finn and Patrick Stickles chat it up

Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles, left, with the Hold Steady's Craig Finn

Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles, left, with the Hold Steady's Craig Finn

There's a ton of crossover between fans of the Hold Steady and fans of Titus Andronicus. Both Brooklyn bands trade in heady, lyrically dense indie rock driven by aggressive guitars — seemingly a relic in this current bleepy/bloopy music epoch. 

Cuter yet, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, a native of Edina, and Patrick Stickles, the irrepressible force behind Titus Andronicus, have formed something of an adorable indie-rock friendship. For rabid fans of both groups, that camaraderie summons dreams of the ultimate rock 'n' roll fanboy slumber party, one that figuratively occurred when ESPN artisan offshoot Grantland invited both singers to appear on its pop culture podcast. The chat moderated by writer Amos Barshad touches on topics ranging from songwriting to rap beefs. Give 'er a listen below: 

Titus Andronicus released their fourth album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, last month on Merge Records. After more than a dozen plays through the 29-song rock opera about manic depression, I still can't decide if it's a masterpiece or a mess (though I'm leaning toward the former). Finn is currently prepping for the release of his second solo LP, Faith in the Future, due September 11.