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 →
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 →
“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.
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 →
In the midst of a tour that brings them to the #XPNFest this Friday night, The Hold Steady have added a Philly date to their tour schedule on Monday, September 8th at Underground Arts. This past May, the band played WXPN’s Non-COMM music conference. Watch them perform “Sequestered In Memphis” below.
Single day tickets and weekend passes for the XPoNential Music Festival are available here.
WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival is just one month away. And I’m sure by now you’re familiar with who’s playing this year: we have amazing artists like Beck, Ingrid Michaelson, The Hold Steady, Dawes, Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, The Districts, Rodrigo y Gabriela and more on the bill.
What you don’t already know is the daily lineup schedule – and we’ve heard a lot of you asking when it would be released. This morning, we’ll answer your questions, because it’s right here.
Also, we’re happy to announce a new addition to the lineup: XPN Artist to Watch Strand Of Oaks. The Philly quartet rocked hard at this year’s Non-Comm Festival, and impressed us so much with the brand new album HEAL (released this past Tuesday on Dead Oceans), that we decided to add them to #XPNFest, upping the rock and roll quotient. Here’s a very fun interview The Key’s Elliott Sharp did with Strand Of Oaks front man Tim Showalter the day the record came out: don’t forget to see them this Friday afternoon for a Free At Noon Performance too.
Speaking of things that are awesome, we’ve collected some videos of past XPoNential Festival performances to get you psyched for a great weekend of live music on the Camden waterfront a month from now. Check them out after the jump. Go here to XPN’s Youtube channel to watch more videos from past #XPNfest’s.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros performing “Janglin” last year:
Here’s “4 & 4″ by The Districts:
The Lumineers playing “Flowers in Your Hair” and “Hey Ho” from our 2012 event:
The Hold Steady had no problem keeping the energy up at this year’s NonCOMM. With its engaging and confident stage presence, it was obvious this isn’t the band’s first time performing for a crowd. Frontman Craig Finn’s passion for his music came through in the band’s performance of “Sequestered in Memphis.” With his goofy, yet charming, dance moves, Finn helped to connect The Hold Steady with the crowd and break down the wall between the stage and the floor. The band played a throwback with fan favorite “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” from its 2005 LP Separation Sunday — reviving its punk roots. Check out the band performing these two songs below and listen to the entire set here. The Hold Steady joins us this summer for the XPoNential Music Festival; tickets and information are available here.
With their urgent sixth album Teeth Dreams released this spring, The Hold Steady was energized as it took the World Cafe Live stage last night for NonCOMM. The set drew largely from the new album – “I Hope The Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” and “Spinners” sounded massive – but also dipped back into the band’s back catalog for the fan favorite jam “Your Little Hoodrat Friend.” Sporting a fresh buzzcut, frontman Craig Finn was charismatic as ever, working the fist-pumping crowd and cracking jokes. Listen to the set and check out photos from the show in the gallery below.
Deer Tick and The Hold Steady have covered each other’s songs. The bands are currently touring with each other, and The Hold Steady are playing WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival July 25 through the 27th at Wiggins Park. For the project, Deer Tick cover The Hold Steady’s “Constructive Summer,” and The Hold Steady cover Deer Tick’s “Easy.” Go here for weekend passes and more information about the XPoNential Music Festival. Listen to The Hold Steady’s cover of Deer Tick’s “Easy,” and Deer Tick’s cover of The Hold Steady’s “Constructive Summer” below.
The Wiggins Park bill is filled with WXPN favorites, like alt-country heroes Old 97s, Jersey singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and Diego Garcia, all of whom are return-XPNFest-ers.
There is also an assortment of up-and-coming names like countrified Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose (featured on World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Nashville series); Bear’s Den, a UK rock trio with a flair for drama (they made a splash at the March Edition of the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts), the jazzy / folky vocal combo Lake Street Dive and the art-pop powerhouse Lucius, (who knocked our socks off at Free at Noon late last year.)
Three days passes for new and renewing WXPN members are available now here. Tickets for the general public go on sale on May 1st; as with previous years, three-day passes will include lawn admission to the Susquehanna Bank Center shows (seated tickets to those are on sale separately, here and here).
Below, listen to a Spotify playlist of the Wiggins Park lineup, and read the complete list of artists after the jump.