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Interview: Craig Finn talks Hold Steady anniversary, Seth Meyers, and his new solo record We All Want The Same Things

Craig Finn | photo via Partisan Records

Craig Finn may have spent years as the bar-band king of The Hold Steady and Lifter Puller, but the Minneapolis son has always primarily been a songwriter. Finn releases his third solo record, We All Want The Same Things, this Friday, March 24th, and it’s an exercise in both eloquent lyrical imagery and textured melodic phrasing. It’s only been a short while since his last solo outing, 2015’s Faith In The Future, but Finn has kept busy writing like he always does best: Pulling apart his specific characters and the exact moments from their daily life to tell a grander story. Whether it’s hanging in the park drinking dark Bacardi, fumbling through the jitterbug, or waiting on a savior to come, Finn writes slice of life epics that bring you with him.

His US tour with Japandroids ended a couple days ago, but I got a chance to sit down with him before their show at Union Transfer last month. We spoke about his thought process going into the new record, his residency with the house band on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the Boys And Girls In America anniversary shows, and more. Finn will be returning to Philadelphia this Saturday to play a free in-store performance at Main Street Music, open to fans who pre-order his new record. Read our conversation below. Continue reading →

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Japandroids make their grand return for a two night run at Union Transfer

Japandroids | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN

It’s been quite a while, but the mighty Japandroids are back. 5 years after their last show at Union Transfer and the release of the glorious Celebration Rock in 2012, the band returned for a two night run in the same room, the first of which was sold out. According to vocalist/guitarist Brian King, their first UT show was the first night of the whole tour to sell out after it was announced. Our brotherly love towards the band showed, and in return they brought their all to show appreciation. Continue reading →

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Still Life With Titus Andronicus and Craig Finn on Easter Sunday at Union Transfer

Titus Andronicus | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN
Titus Andronicus | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN

I couldn’t make it home for Easter this year.

This was partly because it’s a long, long way to Scranton and also partly because I don’t own a car (and searching for a ride can be a drag), but it was also partly because I wanted to go see Titus Andronicus and Craig Finn at Union Transfer.

I had yet to see Titus Andronicus. I feel like it has been time and time again since high school that I have meant to and something has come up, but I wasn’t going to let Easter stop me this time. Especially since it was announced that supporting the New Jersey barnstormers would be Hold Steady frontman and storyteller general Craig Finn. Their No Faith, No Future, No Problem tour came to an end on Sunday night, finishing up in Philadelphia on Easter Sunday to rise from the dead and take no prisoners. 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: XPN Welcomes Craig Finn at Milkboy Philly

Tickets to tonight’s XPN Welcomes concert featuring The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn at Milkboy Philly at 7:30 p.m. are sold out, but tickets for the second performance at 10 p.m. are still available. Finn is currently touring behind his debut solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes, which was released in late January by Full Time Hobby Records. Below, you can watch a video of Finn performing “No Future” off Clear Heart Full Eyes.

Craig Finn performs with Marcellus Hall at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, March 9th, at Milkboy Philly. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. performance are SOLD OUT; tickets to the 10 p.m. performance are $15.

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Listen to Craig Finn’s Tiny Desk Concert (via NPR Music)

The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn—who, as we mentioned earlier today, will headline a double-header of XPN Welcomes shows at Milkboy Philly on Friday, March 9th—recently recorded a Tiny Desk Concert, which has just been posted to the NPR Music site. From NPR Music:

[O]n his new solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes, Finn kicks himself free from the crutches of rock. It’s a sad sort of breakup record, barren and broken and informed by the wisdom of age, but his instantly recognizable speak-singing ramble remains. Finn’s starker side is, of course, nicely conducive to stripped-down arrangements behind Bob Boilen’s desk at the NPR Music offices: All these mournful, inward-facing songs (including the unreleased “Jeremiah’s Blues”) really require is Finn, his acoustic guitar and the indispensable pedal steel of Ricky Ray Jackson.

You can watch the video below; you can also read the full write-up and download the audio over at NPR Music.

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XPN Welcomes concert featuring Craig Finn at Milkboy Philly on March 9th is SOLD OUT, second show added

Now that the XPN Welcomes concert featuring The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn at Milkboy Philly on March 9th has officially sold out, a second show has been added. Tickets for the 10 p.m. performance go on sale tomorrow at noon; you can purchase tickets here once they become available.

Craig Finn performs with Marcellus Hall at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, March 9th, at Milkboy Philly. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. performance are SOLD OUT; tickets to the 10 p.m. performance are $15.