The Hold SteadyWith Cheap GirlsMN Zoo Amphitheater, Apple ValleySaturday, July 5, 2014Now 10-plus years and six albums deep into their career as group, The Hold Steady are still a vital rock'n'roll force, albeit one that's starting to contemplate its own legacy. In their motherland of Minnesota, the ... More >>
Formed by Brothers Ian and Ben Graham with roommate Adam Aymor during a lull in 2007, Cheap Girls have slowly burned their way up from DIY tours of the home state of Michigan to high profile opening slots for Against Me! and Gaslight Anthem. With Ian Graham's sincere, hear-tugging melodies and Aymor ... More >>
In Gimme Songs, musician Mark Mallman talks songwriting with his peers and heroes. This week, the Hold Steady's Craig Finn. Hold Steady fans rejoice! The long-awaited Teeth Dreams is released today. So how exactly does one write about anxiety and fear without drowning in it, themselves? Songwriter C ... More >>
Throughout 2013, the reunited Replacements and their friends have put out a series of limited-edition 7-inch records to raise funds for their pal Slim Dunlap. The Songs for Slim recordings came about after Dunlap -- former guitarist for the Replacements and star solo performer -- suffered a serious ... More >>
Making lists of things is important. Lists are great for grocery shopping, keeping track of irresistable kisses if you're Daryl Hall, remembering things you're supposed "To Do," and the corralling of the finest albums of a musical year. The Hold Steady's Craig Finn knows this, and has added an extra ... More >>
Related:Rock the Garden Festival 2012 lineupAs Saturday afternoon's Rock the Garden at the Walker Art Center approaches, ticket holders have already had plenty of time to brush up on the 2012 lineup, so what's left? Weather preparations are a must.As mentioned on the RTG Facebook page, "It looks lik ... More >>
Related:Top 20 best Minnesota musiciansFirst Avenue's 20 best concertsFirst Avenue's 20 best concerts: Readers' picks50 cool facts about the Minnesota music sceneCountless songwriters have found inspiration in the Land of 10,000 Lakes over the years, and even more have hit upon something revelatory ... More >>
Photo by Tony NelsonCraig FinnWith Mount MoriahTriple Rock Social Club, MinneapolisSaturday, February 4, 2012Any Craig Finn performance in Minneapolis is a sea of talking points -- and he went through most of them Saturday in front of an attentive Triple Rock crowd. This is the home of 86 percent ... More >>
This is going to be a Super Bowl Weekend...of music. Let's just hope the Black Eyed Peas don't show up. Madonna, on the other hand...
Finn focused on reinvention
Yes, Craig Finn week has arrived in the Twin Cities. In celebration of the release of his new solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes, the Hold Steady's good-timing frontman is in town this weekend. He's got gigs at the Triple Rock, Treehouse, and the Current's UBS Forum to put an enormous, declaratory ... More >>
Thankfully, Clear Heart Full Eyes, the debut solo album from the Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, doesn't signify a fracture between him and his regular bandmates. It just represents a temporary musical diversion for Finn from the wild, late-night hi-jinks that are prominently featured in his ... More >>
Though he reportedly expressed some humble resistance to the tribute because "he's not even dead yet," Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman Bob Mould took part in an all-star tribute to his songwriting and legacy last night at L.A.'s Disney Hall, where he was joined by Foo Fighters' Dave Groh ... More >>
Craig Finn sure has been busy lately. In addition to putting the finishing touches on his first solo album, the "Friday Night Lights" inspired, Clear Heart Full Eyes, and plotting a subsequent solo tour, he and guitarist Tad Kubler took part in a Replacement's tribute show Wednesday night at ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzWith a release date pinned down for his first solo album (due out January 24), Craig Finn is embarking on a short solo tour this winter -- including a stop in Minneapolis at the Triple Rock on February 4.
Photo by Stacy SchwartzWe already knew Craig Finn was laying down some solo tracks, and now we've learned more about when we'll be able to hear some of them: Finn will debut his first solo single, "Honolulu Blues," on November 25, and the only way to get your paws on a physical copy is to head to ... More >>
Photos by Denis Jeong PlasterApril is continuing to roar by us at a steady clip, and this past weekend our local scene was so bustling that we had to export some of our musicians out to Indio, California before the whole town overflowed.
Fans of the Minnesota Twins are clearly flying high after our beloved local 9 clinched the Central Division title late Tuesday night (their 6th title in 9 years). And, perfectly timed to celebrate the occasion and to get all of us psyched for the postseason (as if we weren't, already), avid Twins ... More >>
via Haunted House's MyspaceThe record review is an aged beast. We don't necessarily need anyone to tell us if something is good, do we? It takes about as much time to acquire an album as it does to read about it these days. That said, here is a wholly imaginary, associative, overly poetic and pos ... More >>
Watch the band play at St. Cloud State back in 1997.
Dinosaur Jr. rock First Ave., Modern Radio set 10th anniversary show & M.anifest releases new album.
Between Finn's droll, incisive word gift and Chuck Klosterman's source material, this should keep rock nostalgists sated for years to come.
The new record features guest spots by Craig Finn and Cloud Cult's Shannon Frid.
Believe it or not, this is the only live footage of the Minneapolis legends on YouTube. (So far.)
In 2005 a New Yorker piece about Craig Finn of The Hold Steady (and the sorely missed Lifter Puller) singled him out for writing songs "as though the point of making music is to communicate." It's a skill for which he has absorbed no shortage of recognition.
...and other true tales from local musicians
Hold Steady @ First Avenue From Nate Patrin's review of the new Hold Steady record: "There is a point on Boys and Girls in America that marks the line the Hold Steady have apparently crossed. It's the chorus on the second track, a churning anthem dubbed 'Chips Ahoy!,' where it's a bit hard to tell ... More >>
"Your Little Hoodrat Friend" is on the soundtrack to upcoming sure-to-be-blockbuster video game Tony Hawk's Project 8.
The Hold Steady come down, burn out, and blow up
Trolling for hooks in the office clutter
A birthday bash exposes our highly incestuous scene
It's really fun to hear a non-corny new band with a Jimmy Page-style lead guitarist, and Tad "the Koob" Kubler is a very good Jimmy Page-style lead guitarist. The whole band sounded huge. Craig Finn was pretty drunk but it didn't seem to matter much, except that his between-song banter was mostly d ... More >>
Random Minnesota memories and a reluctant farewell
Storming the stage with postpunk pirates Lifter Puller