Hold Steady's Craig Finn on the 2015 Twins: 'Stay Positive'

April 2, 2015

If you've ever listened to a Hold Steady record, there's a great chance you are aware of frontman Craig Finn's Minnesota roots – during the band's early years, he packed so many references to Minneapolis into his songs that it seemed like he was...


The NBA's Indie Guy: Inside Matt Bonner's All-Star Rock Show

February 13, 2015

Matt Bonner likes to party – for charity. When the San Antonio Spurs' sniper isn't winning rings (or earning nicknames like "The Red Mamba"), he's working his side hustle as an occasional concert booker, a gig that led to his second NBA Alt-Star...



Watch the Hold Steady's 'Frighten You' Vid

April 28, 2014

On their most recent album Teeth Dreams, the Hold Steady reflect on middle age, channeling their jubilant rock & roll energy toward the daily disappointments of adulthood. Opening track "I Hope This Whole Thing Doesn't Frighten...

Song Review

"I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You"

February 7, 2014

On this Springsteen-y cut from his band's first LP in four years, Craig Finn revisits the Cityscape Skins, a gang of Minnesota dirtbags awaiting the apocalypse. Electric guitars brawl and soar, so you don't need a lyrics sheet to geek out. But it hel...


New Hold Steady Album Due in March

January 8, 2014

The Hold Steady are celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band with the release of their first new album in four years, Billboard reports. Teeth Dreams, which is due out on March 25th, will mark the debut release from Washington Square, a new imprint...

Album Review

Teeth Dreams

March 25, 2014

On the Hold Steady's sixth album, frontman Craig Finn is still finding new ways to chronicle the underside of dead-end partying (see the grueling opener, "I Hope the Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You"). The Brooklyn crew's punked-up bar-band rock is more...


Hear the Powerful New Hold Steady Single

January 23, 2014

This spring, when the Hold Steady release their sixth LP Teeth Dreams, nearly four years will have passed since the Brooklyn band's previous full-length album, 2010’s Heaven Is Whenever. It's the longest gap between albums in the rock band's...



Green Day Pay Tribute to Joe Strummer

August 22, 2013

Green Day wished a happy birthday to Joe Strummer last night, midway through their set at O2 Academy Brixton in London. The Clash frontman, who died in 2002, would have turned 61 yesterday. The birthday wishes came during a show that included a full...


The Hold Steady Deliver Bawdy 'Game of Thrones' Drinking Song

April 15, 2013

Think hard-drinking barroom band and the Hold Steady surely come to mind, at least for the people in charge of Game of Thrones. The show last month tapped the Brooklyn rockers to record "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," which appeared at the end of last...


Best Summer Songs of All Time

July 1, 2013

The summer song is one of rock's truest pleasures, be it a dance jam that dominates every backyard cookout or a sweet ode to cars, girls and partying at the beach. Here are our picks for the most sizzling summer jams ever – from unshakeable oldies...


The Hold Steady Record Song for 'Game of Thrones'

March 5, 2013

The Hold Steady will record a new song for the upcoming third season of Game of Thrones, featuring lyrics by the saga's creator George R.R. Martin and music from the HBO show's composer Ramin Djawadi, Entertainment Weekly reports. The tried-and-true...



Rob Sheffield's Coolest Summer Jams

July 19, 2012

These are the songs that rocked their radio sumer, or just evoke the hazy thrill of beaches, sweaty house parties, roller-disco bar mitzvahs, dazed guitar-freak blowouts, backstreet boomboxes, that gin-and-juice barbecue that went horribly wrong when...


Hold Steady Singer to Launch Microbrew

March 15, 2012

Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn is about to launch his own microbrew with the East London company Signature Brew. The beer, called Clear Heart, is a custom craft beer that will be available online and at some retail locations, and will feature artwork...


The Hold Steady Aim to Record New Album This Summer

April 16, 2012

Fans of the Hold Steady in Texas recently got their first listen to a pair of new tunes that are likely headed for the band's next album. During a three-date swing through the Lone Star State last week – their first batch of shows in 2012, since...


Craig Finn Plays Acoustic Solo Set

January 23, 2012

Craig Finn stopped by the Rolling Stone studios to perform some songs off his new solo record, Clear Hearts, Full Eyes. The tunes are quieter than his work with the Hold Steady. He also talked to us about why he wanted to do a solo record, some of his...



The Hold Steady Kick Off Tour With Greatest Hits

August 25, 2011

For a band that works as hard as the Hold Steady – both on the road and in the studio, where the beer-friendly indie outfit has produced five albums in the past seven years – taking four and a half months off from touring constitutes an extended...


Pub-Crawl Playlist

March 17, 2011

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, let us raise a dirty glass to the spirit of Irish music, wherever in the world it shows up. And like the Irish people themselves, Irish music shows up everywhere, usually a few moments after the bottles get opened. There's...


Treasure Island Festival

October 18, 2011

Craig Finn of the Hold Steady Joins the Mountain Goats For 'This Year'

March 29, 2011

At the start of this video shot at last night's Mountain Goats show at Manhattan's Bowery Ballroom, band leader John Darnielle introduces the Hold Steady's Craig Finn as "one of the best lyricists alive." That's very high praise coming from a man...