The Hold Steady

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    November 4, 2014

    10 Reasons St. Paul Is an Underrated Music City

    When you're trying to assert yourself as a premier Midwestern city that celebrates music, it's not ideal to have a shouting match with the folks just across the river. The case for Minneapolis's musical greatness is nothing new -- First Avenue, Prince, Paul Westerberg, etc. -- but don't count out ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    The Best Twin Cities Concerts This Weekend: 9/12-9/14

    Be sure to check out our constantly updated concert calendar.

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    September 12, 2014

    Replacements Ticket Stub = Free Beer

    There have been a lot of stories this week about the Replacements. (We know, a LOT.) This one might the the most important one of all. After attending Saturday's performance at Midway Stadium -- the final for the ballpark, and the first Twin Cities show for the band in 23 years -- be sure to save th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Replacements' Minneapolis Map Traces the Band's History

    Just another example of graphic design making our cluttered lives less so, the history of the Replacements can now be disseminated via a new map.Ahead of this weekend's Midway Stadium show, cartoonist/cartographer (cartoonographer?) Kevin Cannon and pal Pat Ganley hatched this collaboration to follo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Craig Finn's top 10 albums of 2012

    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 >>

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    June 18, 2012

    10 gorgeous GIFs from Rock the Garden 2012

    Related:Review: Rock the Garden at Walker Art Center, 6/16/12Slideshow - Rock the Garden 2012: MusicSlideshow - Rock the Garden 2012: People/ScenesGimme Noise decided to add something different to the usual slideshow song and dance for Rock the Garden's 2012 running at Walker Art Center. Perhaps it ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012
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    May 3, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota songs: The complete list

    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 >>

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    May 2, 2012

    Top 20 best Minnesota songs: #10-1

    Related:Top 20 best Minnesota songs: #20-11Top 20 best Minnesota musiciansFirst Avenue's 20 best concertsCountless songwriters have found inspiration in the Land of 10,000 Lakes over the years, and even more have hit upon something revelatory about Minnesota without ever becoming full-time residen ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Ten local songs the Minnesota Twins should play at Target Field

    Related:Minnesota Twins phase out local music programming, amp up Top 40 hitsIn 2010, the Minnesota Twins won 94 games and were Central Division champions, but last year they slid to 63-99. Chalk this collapse up to injuries, disastrous pitching, or Delmon Young, but don't discount the role that a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Weekend Checklist: Umphrey's McGee, Jeff Mangum, Craig Finn, City and Colour

    ​ 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...

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Craig Finn & Bob Mould agree that rock is often too noisy

    ​A hilarious exchange between two Minneapolis favorites unfolds in a new "interview" of sorts between Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and Hüsker Dü/Sugar kingpin Bob Mould. This chat comes along with the promotional push for Finn's first solo record, Clear Heart Full Eyes -- an album Pitchfork g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011
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    November 18, 2011

    The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and Tad Kubler cover the 'Mats "Within Your Reach"

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Craig Finn solo tour coming to the Triple Rock on February 4

    Photo by Stacy Schwartz​With 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.

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    September 21, 2011
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    August 19, 2011

    SoundTown Series: Catching up with the New Pornographers

    ​The New Pornographers are one of those bands that seem like they will just quietly endure, continually putting out quality from the indie-pop front lines. Since the 2010 release of their fifth studio album, Together, various members of the Canadian supergroup (a term which the band seems to p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Sam Roberts Band at the 7th St. Entry, 6/6/11

    Photos by Tony Nelson​Sam Roberts Band June 6, 2011 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis There is something to be said for music that embodies straight-ahead rock 'n roll in 100% pure form. Actually, there is a lot to be said for it. In this era of bands sounding like a mixture of [insert 2-3 bands of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles go bowling with City Pages

    Photo by Tony Nelson​We sent writer Jeff Gage out on a fun assignment this week, tagging along with seven-piece band Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles for an excursion at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. It'd been two years since we'd caught up with Michelle and her gang -- they hadn't been profiled sinc ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010
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    September 3, 2010

    Aesthetic Apparatus sale is today only

    ​Totally Spoked by Aesthetic Apparatus​Lace up your quickest sneaks, and dash on over to St. Paul, because Aesthetic Apparatus is having a mega sale you won't want to miss. Today only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you'll be able to get your grubby little hands on some of their coolest poster and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Weekend Checklist: Happy Birthday, Dynamiters, Blind Shake, and a birthday party

    ​Who says climate change doesn't exist? It's been a week full of tropical sweat and torrential downpours that have been keeping us inside where it's nice and cool, and we're all about to burst. Let's make this weekend all about rocking and rolling no matter what the weather! Don't worry about the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    The Depot Tavern hosts Diamond Dog eating contest

    Photo via First Ave's Facebook pageThe Depot Tavern's Diamond Dog Eating Contest big winners Femme Eat All, Le Tenia, Pigflesh, and the Veterinarian.​With all that was going on in the Twin Cities this weekend for the 4th of the July there was another first of hopefully a yearly holiday traditi ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010
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    May 14, 2010

    Director Brady Kiernan talks Stuck Between Stations, music, and Minneapolis

    Photo by Kris Drake​Local director Brady Kiernan knows how to work. Since finishing his film degree in 2002, he's made his mark on the Twin Cities scene the old fashioned way, through blood, sweat, and skill. Working his way up has paid off with project after project: he's produced multiple ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Heart of a Champion announces winter, spring releases

    The local label will be putting out works by Chooglin', the Dexateens, and the Bombay Sweets.

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    November 19, 2009

    Craig Finn expresses pride in Lifter Puller reissues

    Speaking to Spinner, the Hold Steady front man looks back on his first incarnation in Lifter Puller.

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    November 4, 2009
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    November 4, 2009
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    October 23, 2009

    Craig Finn to pen Fargo Rock City script

    Between Finn's droll, incisive word gift and Chuck Klosterman's source material, this should keep rock nostalgists sated for years to come.

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    June 15, 2009

    Mark Mallman debuts new material at intimate show

    The Bryant Lake Bowl theater was packed to the gills for a stripped-down performance by Mallman.

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    May 8, 2009

    Mark Mallman announces new album

    The new record features guest spots by Craig Finn and Cloud Cult's Shannon Frid.

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    March 19, 2009

    SXSW: Hold Steady live video

    Watch a live clip of the Hold Steady playing "Chips Ahoy" at South by Southwest.

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    January 30, 2009

    The Hold Steady, Atmosphere in good company on new Coachella lineup

    Minneapolis' own is set to be in good company at this spring's Coachella fest in Indio, Calif., which features a great supporting cast of artists.

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    November 14, 2008

    Weekend Checklist

    eyedea.jpgEyedea and Abilities, Lookbook, and The Hold Steady make this weekend worth living.

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    August 19, 2008

    Things I learned at the Twins Game

    twinslogo.jpg Why are Twins fans so polite and reasonably sober?

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    April 9, 2008
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    January 25, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions: 1/25

    We ramp up our food coverage, explain what a Dan Deacon show feels like, and decry a Republican operative's latest offensive onslaught. Also, slideshows with sounds!

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    January 23, 2008
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    December 7, 2007

    Breakfast of Champions: 12/7

    Tonight opens the retrospective show for poster artist Amy Jo Hendrickson, and we have a slideshow of our favorites from her. Also new: an interview with the eclectic, challenging and Breakfast of Champions: 12/6

    Beaucoup new posts du jour at Balls!, more tales of oddly behaved criminals, and Al Franken talks to the NYT. Additional shimmering links from all around the Internet inside.

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    February 21, 2007

    This Is for the Alkies!

    MC/VL and Scream Party uncover connection between C2H60 and rocking the party. Also: Dan Wilson sings a ballad

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2006

    Radio K's Top 77 Records of 2005

    Here's Radio K's Top 77 albums of the year, based on listener votes. Since the email didn't distinguish between band name, title, or label, let us know if there are any errors below: 1. Broken Social Scene, Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts) 2. Low, The Great Destroyer (Sub Pop) 3. Gorillaz, Demon ... More >>

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    December 28, 2005

    Artists of the Year

    Hurricanes, war, avian flu, locust plagues, that annoying song you couldn't get out of your head. It wasn't the greatest of all possible years. Nor was it halfway decent. But to prove that it wasn't all bad, we asked 29 writers to rave about the ar

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    December 19, 2005
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    September 21, 2005

    Locals weigh in on CBGB

    With devotees frantic to save the club that introduced the world to the Ramones, the Talking Heads, and Blondie, we decided to ask for an opinion closer to home. Coincidentally, a few TC bands (come on, the Hold Steady are just as much ours as Brooklyn's) played their first (and maybe last) show at ... More >>

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    August 2, 2005

    8/2: Morning Communique

    CITY PAGES BLOGS Steve Monaco has this week's movie quiz, as well as last week's winners, at Couch Pundit. THESE DAYS Outspoken Catholic Cardinal Rosalio Castillo took his war of words with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to a new level in an interview published Sunday, calling him "a paranoid d ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 22, 2004

    Christmas of the Pod People

    What are those little white boxes with wires telling us to do?

  • Columns

    March 31, 2004

    Growing Up

    Kids don't follow: The real school of rock

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    March 24, 2004

    How to Be Good

    Living gray in a black and white world

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