The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady

Hard-working Brooklynites stay true to their punk roots with spectacular results. This, the follow-up to their 2006 breakthrough ‘Boys And Girls In America’, is The Hold Steady’s fourth slab of punk-rock evangelism in five years. Perhaps...

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The Hold Steady and The Haze

The Hold Steady and The Haze

Tonight’s venue is normally a piss-stained refuge for hyperactive teens performing a series of routines: acidic cut-price booze overkill, bountiful quantities of unprotected coitus and eventually vomiting up their spleen. With the Skins cast...

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The Hold Steady/Art Brut; Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, Rhode Island Sunday, October 21

The Hold Steady/Art Brut; Lupo’s Heartbreak...

singalongs and big bellies Sunday night in Providence, Rhode Island, and the streets of this small northeastern US city are a ghost town. Everyone’s either at home or, more likely, in a bar glued to the vital Boston Red Sox Vs Cleveland Indians...

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The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady

There are, broadly speaking, two kinds of extreme hangover: the one where you lay whimpering in bed perspiring several pints of acidic sweat into your mattress, and the one where you put on a record like ‘Massive Nights’ and punch the air...

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The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady

It’s always disappointing when a song isn’t about biscuits, but hey. The Hold Steady’s cranky lyrical genius has been making critics gush for three years now, but it’s only as they release their weakest album that they’ve finally won a...

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The Hold Steady: Almost Killed Me

The Hold Steady: Almost Killed Me

“NME say we’re old,” said Hold Steady frontdude Craig Finn from a London stage recently. “But we’re just old school.” What japes! Yet, on the evidence of the reissued New York band’s back catalogue – 2004’s ‘Almost Killed Me’...

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The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady

Never has Paul Westerberg, frontman of ’80s indie legends The Replacements, been showered as much with the “We’re not worthys” as he has from sturdy plagiarists The Hold Steady. But like all the best copyists, they don’t just replicate,...

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The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady

It’s a strange but enjoyable sight watching five, shall we say, mature men, who look like they’ve just dropped the kids off after a hectic school run, grinning like mental hospital outpatients, punching the air gleefully, and generally rocking...

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