I Need a New War brings to end the trilogy Craig Finn started in 2015 with Faith in the Future and continued with 2017’s We All Want the Same Things, a triptych sidestepping the hard rock glory of Finn’s band the Hold Steady in favor of quieter, more introspective sounds and stories. Finn’s always written about hard luck characters, but increasingly, his lens centers more on the aftermath of the action than the action itself.
Killer parties almost killed The Hold Steady , but then they didn’t. Hallelujah swept up the spotlight; she cleared the dust that kept coming up after all those killer parties. And then we all got up to have […]
I’m not going to qualify anything here–it’s tempting to get into a semantic argument about the differences between “best” and “favorite” records to explain why I think that twelve old-time rock ‘n’ roll songs spoke-sung […]
It’s not terribly clear why The Hold Steady have decided to release A Positive Rage at this point in their history. Both the CD and DVD are taken from the American leg of the Boys and Girls in America tour, way back in fall of 2006 […]
Welcome to the pre-Thanksgiving rock show. Next Tuesday, November 25th, Aquarium Drunkard presents a double bill a the Wiltern with The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers . We have three pairs of tickets for AD readers. To grab a pair, leave […]
Over the course of four years and as many albums, The Hold Steady have been given the knee-jerk title of America’s Best Bar Band, and, stylistically speaking, Stay Positive , the group’s latest release on Vagrant, will do little to […]
This is part II of II of Marty Garner’s AD Interview with The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn. You can find part I HERE…. Craig Finn is a normal dude. He may be “gettin’ a […]
Craig Finn is a normal dude. He may be “gettin’ a lot of double takes when he’s comin’ around the corners,” (as he sings on the title track of the Hold Steady’s excellent new record, Stay Positive ) but […]