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