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