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 >>
By Kat GeorgeBeing in a relationship is as much a cultural journey as it is an emotional, intellectual or sexual one. Mostly because you have to "do" things with your significant other, and when you live in a city, a lot of the time "doing" means going to the movies or catching a gig. Because let' ... More >>
According to our own cover story, Bobby "Rock Eagle" Drake (above) was an auto mechanic at Brookside Amoco in St. Louis Park just before he joined the Hold Steady in 2005. Since then, Drake's fortunes have changed -- drastically. Later this year, he and some of his New York pals in other bands, incl ... More >>
Finn focused on reinvention
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 >>
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 >>
The Hold Steady will make it back to the Twin Cities to play a show before the year is up, though the venue is a bit of a head-scratcher: America's best bar-rock band will come through town on November 18 to play slick downtown dance club Epic. The band will be performing as the headliners a ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzWhen Craig Finn performed solo at the Fitzgerald this April for the MPR interview series Wits, the Hold Steady frontman took a detour from his band's upbeat bar-rock sing-alongs to debut three songs with a decidedly slower, sadder feel. It was clear then that Finn was in th ... More >>
Photos by Stacy SchwartzThe Hold Steady December 29, 2010 First Avenue It's been a busy ride for the Hold Steady. In eight years they've released five records, gained an international following, and toured constantly -- not bad for a couple of Minnesota transplants who relocated to New York ... More >>
You're front row, dead center at a show for your favorite band, they've just played your second favorite song, and you can't wait to hear what's next. There's a short pause in between songs--the singer thanks the crowd, the bassist cracks a private joke to the drummer, and meanwhile, in a matter ... More >>
Photos by Tony NelsonAll the pieces were certainly in place for a memorable show from the Hold Steady on Saturday night, with a sold-out crowd awaiting the band at the outdoor stage at the Cabooze on a steamy but glorious summer evening in Minneapolis. I'm not sure if it was the oppressive heat, ... More >>
It's the Fourth of July! We assume you made your run to the liquor store and bought illegal fireworks during the week, because who wants to do that once the weekend's in full swing? Now, tons of good shows isn't something unique to Fourth of July weekend in the Twin Cities, but there's so much ca ... More >>
Do they claim Minnesota or Brooklyn?
Photo by Elli RaderHallelujah for hump day. Here's a sampling of the music content that you'll find in the print edition of this week's City Pages, which hits stands today.Ryan Paul & the Ardent prepare for EP-release By Rob van AlstyneWe talk to the evolving singer-songwriter about his tumul ... More >>
Photo by Mark SeligerAs Minnesotans, we just love claiming people as our own. Prince? Ours. Garrison Keillor? OURS. Bob Dylan? TOTALLY OURS. HE WAS BORN HERE. So it's no surprise that every time the Hold Steady returns to the Twin Cities to play a show, we throw up our arms in a welcoming homecom ... More >>
Touring season is near full swing, and we want you to see good shows. And so, a roundup of First Avenue's recently announced summer Big Ones. Plan your date nights...
The Hold Steady have just announced a show at the Cabooze on Saturday, July 3, and another at First Avenue on Sunday, July 4, in support of their new album, Heaven is Whenever. The Whigs will open on both nights. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 23 at 11 a.m. Keep an eye on the First Ave site fo ... More >>
The band's fifth album drops May 4.
"Heaven is Whenever" will drop May 4.
The energetic keyboardist is branching out on his own.
The influential Twin Cities-based band's recordings will see the light of day once again.
Head down to the Entry Monday for an exclusive screening of "A Positive Rage."
A recap of Day Two at South by Southwest.
Believe it or not, this is the only live footage of the Minneapolis legends on YouTube. (So far.)
The real kicker in this puzzling development? The Hold Steady are the openers.
The latest, greatest success from the Twin Cities returns to the wellspring of its creativity
The Hold Steady come down, burn out, and blow up
How cruising the western suburbs can lead to a great rock band, and other secrets from a Jeep tour of the Twin Cities with the Hold Steady's Craig Finn
The Hold Steady's high-voltage crunch happens to sound great in bars. But please don't call them a bar band.