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