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