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