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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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The Hold Steady

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