Archive for the 'The Hold Steady' Category

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Killer parties almost killed The Hold Steady, but then they didn’t. Hallelujah swept up the spotlight; she cleared the dust that kept coming up after all those killer parties. And then we all got up to have a real sad time together but it ended up being not all that sad; that killer party almost […]

Friday, January 1st, 2010

I’m not going to qualify anything here—it’s tempting to get into a semantic argument about the differences between “best” and “favorite” records to explain why I think that twelve old-time rock ‘n’ roll songs spoke-sung by a broken Catholic is better than anything this decade by Radiohead, by Animal Collective, by Wilco (as much as […]

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

It’s not terribly clear why The Hold Steady have decided to release A Positive Rage at this point in their history.  Both the CD and DVD are taken from the American leg of the Boys and Girls in America tour, way back in fall of 2006 – too distant to be relevant, too recent to […]

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Welcome to the pre-Thanksgiving rock show. Next Tuesday, November 25th, Aquarium Drunkard presents a double bill a the Wiltern with The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers. We have three pairs of tickets for AD readers. To grab a pair, leave your name, a valid email address, and your favorite (one of each) DBT and Hold […]

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Over the course of four years and as many albums, The Hold Steady have been given the knee-jerk title of America’s Best Bar Band, and, stylistically speaking, Stay Positive, the group’s latest release on Vagrant, will do little to change that. The usual big riffs (“Stay Positive”) and Led Zeppelin name-checks (“Joke About Jamaica,”) are […]

Monday, June 30th, 2008

This is part II of II of Marty Garner’s AD Interview with The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn. You can find part I HERE…. Craig Finn is a normal dude. He may be “gettin’ a lot of double takes when he’s comin’ around the corners,” (as he sings on the title track of the Hold Steady’s […]

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Craig Finn is a normal dude. He may be “gettin’ a lot of double takes when he’s comin’ around the corners,” (as he sings on the title track of the Hold Steady’s excellent new record, Stay Positive) but at his core, Craig Finn is a genuinely, refreshingly normal dude. That may explain the enduring and […]