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Resisting the musical trends in New York City, vocalist/guitarist Craig Finn (ex-Lifter Puller) formed the Hold Steady after moving from Minneapolis in 2000. Wanting to capture the sound of bands such as the Replacements and the Grifters, he recruited guitarist Tad Kubler (also ex-Lifter Puller), drummer Judd Counsell, and bassist Galen Polivka. Recording mostly live, the band released its debut, Almost Killed Me, on Frenchkiss Records in March 2004. Dave Gardener (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu) and Dean Botulonis signed on to produce Separation Sunday, which arrived in 2005. The World/Inferno Friendship Society's Franz Nicolay (keyboards) and Bobby Drake (drums), formerly of End Transmission and Arm, were also added to the Hold Steady lineup. The band's third effort, 2006's Boys and Girls in America, marked its first release for Vagrant. After writing the majority of their fourth record on the road, the Hold Steady returned to John Agnello's Water Music studio to record Stay Positive, their most heavily produced effort. In July of 2008, the album was released by both Vagrant and Rough Trade. In 2010 the band announced the departure of Franz Nicolay. Later that same year they released their fifth album, Heaven Is Whenever. In 2012 the band went on a brief hiatus, with frontman Craig Finn releasing his debut solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes. Regrouping with new guitarist Steve Selvidge in 2013, the revitalized five-piece reentered the studio to record a track for the Game of Thrones soundtrack -- which was also released as a limited-edition single on Record Store Day 2013. Near the beginning of 2014 they announced the release of their sixth album, Teeth Dreams, as well as the covers EP RAGS -- all proceeds from the EP went to help the children of longtime Hold Steady fan Mike "Jersey Mike" Van Jura, who sadly passed away in 2012. After the band finished touring for the album, Finn began work on a solo album. The more intimate and personal Faith in the Future was produced by Josh Kaufman and released by Partisan Records in late 2015. He played solo shows throughout the first half of the year, then turned his attention back to Hold Steady business, namely deluxe reissues of Almost Killed Me and Separation Sunday. They arrived at the end of 2016 and to celebrate, the band (which welcomed back Franz Nicolay) played festivals and a series of sold-out shows in Brooklyn. ~ Kenyon Hopkin & Rich Wilson
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The Hold Steady

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    Popularity
  2.   Sequestered In Memphis
  3.   Chips Ahoy!
  4.   Lord, I'm Discouraged
  5.   Stay Positive
  6.   Hurricane J
  7.   You Can Make Him Like You
  8.   First Night
  9.   Killer Parties
  10.   Spinners
  11.   Stuck Between Stations
  12.   Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
  13.   Massive Nights
  14.   Southtown Girls
  15.   Constructive Summer
  16.   Your Little Hoodrat Friend
  17.   The Weekenders
  18.   The Sweet Part of the City
  19.   Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night
  20.   Barely Breathing
  21.   Wait a While
  22.   Touchless
  23.   Hostile, Mass.
  24.   Big Cig
  25.   The Ambassador
  26.   Cheyenne Sunrise
  27.   How a Resurrection Really Feels
  28.   Sketchy Metal
  29.   The Smidge
  30.   Crucifixion Cruise
  31.   Adderall
  32.   Yeah Sapphire
  33.   We Can Get Together
  34.   212-Margarita
  35.   Both Crosses
  36.   The Most Important Thing
  37.   Same Kooks
  38.   Party Pit
  39.   Positive Jam
  40.   For Boston
  41.   Curves and Nerves
  42.   Hot Fries
  43.   On with the Business
  44.   I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You
  45.   Our Whole Lives
  46.   Soft in the Center
  47.   Intro
  48.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  49.   Slapped Actress
  50.   One for the Cutters
  51.   Arms & Hearts
  52.   Girls Like Status
  53.   Chillout Tent
  54.   Citrus
  55.   Hot Soft Light
  56.   You Gotta Dance
  57.   Multitude of Casualties
  58.   Cattle and the Creeping Things
  59.   Hornets! Hornets!
  60.   Sweet Payne
  61.   The Swish
  62.   Barfruit Blues
  63.   Most People Are DJs
  64.   Certain Songs
  65.   Charlemagne in Sweatpants
  66.   Stevie Nix
  67.   You Gotta Dance with Who You Came to Dance With
  68.   A Slight Discomfort
  69.   Rock Problems
  70.   Navy Sheets
  71.   Almost Everything
  72.   Joke About Jamaica
  73.   Don't Let Me Explode
  74.   Oaks
  75.   Just Saying
  76.   Knuckles
  77.   Separate Vacations
  78.   Ascension Blues
  79.   Atlantic City
  80.   Teenage Liberation
  81.   Modesto Is Not That Sweet
  82.   The Only Thing
  83.   Banging Camp
  84.   Milkcrate Most
  85.   Magazines
  86.   Runner's High
  87.   Against the Wind