It’s been four years since The Hold Steady’s last album; a long time between drinks for a band often called one of America’s hardest working. The departure of keyboardist Franz Nicolay after 2008′s excellent… 232 more words
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This is a big call, but I don’t think any other band has redefined rock and roll more in the last decade or so than The Hold Steady… At least according to my record collection, anyway. 661 more words
The Hold Steady’s second album Separation Sunday blew my mind when I first heard it in 2005. It was like punk rock Springsteen. The fact that the lead singer was from the Twin Cities and dropped all kinds of local references certainly added to the charm. 349 more words
Fact: All of your heroes will grow old and die.
It’s a depressing thought. It’s an especially poignant one in a year like 2014, when 1994 is officially twenty years gone and most of the bands that were The Scene in that legendary year are now long gone by the wayside, broken up for good or relegated to the Gen X version of the oldies circuit. 601 more words
The Chris Gethard Show, a raucous public-access comedy show based in New York City, has long been one of my favorite things on television. It’s a proudly weird, sometimes sad, and generally indescribable program, but it’s the best possible way to spend a Wednesday night. 2,395 more words
After the slightly underwhelming ‘Heaven is Whenever’, The Hold Steady return with their sixth album, ‘Teeth Dreams’. While the new album doesn’t quite see the band back to their very best, it certainly feels like a huge step in the right direction. 486 more words