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The Hold Steady

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