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

The Hold Steady
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

The Hold Steady photo courtesy of the artist
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 →

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WXPN Welcomes #XPNFest band The Hold Steady to Underground Arts in September

The Hold Steady | Photo by Laura Fedele | WFUV.org
The Hold Steady | Photo by Laura Fedele | WFUV.org
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.

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XPoNential Update: Schedule released, Strand of Oaks added, plus a video trip down memory lane of past festivals

Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Ingrid Michaelson | Photo by Cameron Pollack

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:

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Watch the uber-confident The Hold Steady rock Non-COMM with “Sequestered in Memphis” and “Your Little Hoodrat Friend”

The Hold Steady | Photo by John Vettese
The Hold Steady | Photo by John Vettese

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.

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Non-COMM Recap: The Hold Steady brought down the house

The Hold Steady | Photo by John Vettese
The Hold Steady | Photo by John Vettese

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.