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Just Announced: The Hold Steady will celebrate ten years of Stay Positive at Union Transfer in July

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The Hold Steady | photo by Daniel J Goodwin | courtesy of the artist

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a decade since The Hold Steady dropped Stay Positive on a newfound sea of rabid fans. After years of toiling in the underground, the New York band, led by songwriter and storyteller and lead screamer Craig Finn, broke out in 2006 with Boys and Girls In America, elevating it from bar band to theater headliners and connecting with a whole new community of listeners in the process. Stay Positive was the first record it released with that bigger audience in mind, and it held no punches, galloping out the gate with the lead anthem “Constructive Summer.”

It’s fitting, then, that the short run of tour dates celebrating the album’s anniversary is dubbed the Constructive Summer Tour, and Finn and the band are making the most of it, swinging through Philadelphia for two nights at Union Transfer to celebrate Stay Positive on Thursday, July 26th and Friday, July 27th. Tickets are on sale Friday, May 11th at noon, and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Rock out to a pair of new tracks from The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady | photo courtesy of the artist

Just this morning, Brooklyn-based 2000’s rock stalwarts The Hold Steady released a pair of new tracks, “Eureka” and “Esther.” Much like the group’s release of “Entitlement Crew” and “A Snake In The Shower” ahead of their 4-night run of shows in Brooklyn last year, these songs are released in preparation for their 3-night sold out stand in London this upcoming weekend.

Available to stream and purchase through Bandcamp, the band will be donating 100% of the sales to the K+L Guardian Foundation. The foundation is set up to benefit the children of “Jersey” Mike Van Jura after he suddenly passed away in November 2012 at only 36 years of age. Jersey Mike is recognized as the unofficial leader of The Unified Scene, a longstanding message board dedicated to the band. Continue reading →

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Join in The Hold Steady’s welcome-back bash with energized tracks, “Entitlement Crew” and “A Snake In The Shower”

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

One of XPN’s favorite live-wire rock ‘n’ roll goofballs, The Hold Steady, are back with two new tracks: “Entitlement Crew” and “A Snake In The Shower.” Released through Frenchkiss Records, these songs mark the return from a four year absence since The Hold Steady’s last album, Teeth Dreams, and a decade since longtime keyboard player Franz Nicolay, has been included on the lineup. Now, with Nicolay back, The Hold Steady are ready for further cheeky shenanigans. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. The Hold Steady, Cookie Rabinowitz, Sugar Tongue Slim

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The Hold Steady | Photo by Kelsey Stange for WXPN

XPN members at the Special Producers level got a treat from The Hold Steady recently when they performed and recorded an interview with David Dye live for World Cafe.  You can listen to the full World Cafe appearance here, which includes performances of “Stuck Between Stations,” “Sequestered in Memphis,” and “The Ambassador.”  “I Hope This Whole Thing Doesn’t Frighten You” is available as a free download below. Continue reading →

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Preaching to the Choir: The Hold Steady rock Underground Arts

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Craig Finn was at a solid 8 out of 10 by the time he hit the stage. If anyone knows a thing or two about Killer Parties, it’s Finn and the rest of The Hold Steady. The atmosphere in the dingy basement bar that is Underground Arts was intense, and many of the loyal fans packed into the space had followed Craig’s lead to join in the Monday-funday. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Hold Steady at Underground Arts, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 at Union Transfer

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The Hold Steady | via facebook.com/TheHoldSteady

Following up on their XPoNential Music Festival set this summer, XPN favorites The Hold Steady will headline a 21+ show tonight at Underground Arts. The Brooklyn-based band most recently released its sixth studio album, Teeth Dreams, back in March and will be showcasing the new music –  check out this performance of “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” from their appearance on Conan in July – as well as old favorites like “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” and “Stuck Between Stations.” Tonight is sure to be a fantastic show. Tickets are $20 and can be found via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: The Hold Steady rocked the River Stage on Friday Night

The Hold Steady | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com
The Hold Steady | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being a part of this.”  Keeping with the theme of the night, The Hold Steady‘s Craig Finn made sure the riled-up River Stage crowd knew just how much it means to the band to still be playing music ten years into their career.  The set was a career-spanner, pulling tracks from 2005’s Separation Sunday, this year’s Teeth Dreams and everything in between.

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Watch #XPNFest artist The Hold Steady rock out on Conan

The Hold Steady | courtesy of the artist
The Hold Steady | courtesy of the artist

This week XPoNential Music Festival artists The Hold Steady appeared on Conan to perform “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You,” from their latest album, Teeth Dreams – it’s a song carried the trademark story-telling lyrics by frontman Craig Finn that we all know and love. So far, the album has received great reviews from outlets such as The Guardian, and USA Today. Continue reading →