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On February 29 Titus Andronicus and Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) launched their spring tour together at Webster Hall. It was a perfect combination, as both Titus’ Patrick Stickles and Finn know a thing or two about keeping rock and roll alive.

Finn shared tracks from his new album Faith in the Future (released via Partisan Records) backed up by a three-piece band. The tracks take a more mellow, alt-country form than the bar-rock anthems that he pumps out with The Hold Steady. Its a different side to Finn, a bit of a more vulnerable take live, but one that is surely welcome. He delighted fans of his other bands towards the end of the set with takes on The Hold Steady’s “Certain Songs” and Lifter Puller’s “Nassau Coliseum.”
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Craig Finn – Honolulu Blues

By Will Oliver, November 25th 2011

Craig Finn’s solo single is called”Honolulu Blues”, and you can stream it below, if you haven’t already. It’s not too different from his work with The Hold Steady, just a slightly more alt-country focus. It’s a solid listen.

It will be off of his debut solo effort, Clear Heart Full Eyes, out January 24 via Vagrant Records. Take a listen to it below.

Craig Finn Announces Solo Album: Clear Heart Full Eyes

By Will Oliver, November 7th 2011

Craig Finn, leader of The Hold Steady, is releasing his debut solo album Clear Heart Full Eyes, on January 24 via Vagrant Records.

The album’s title is a reference to the TV show Friday Night Lights. The album was recorded this past July with producer Mike McCarthy in Austin, Texas, where Finn went to remove himself from familiar surroundings.

“Honolulu Blues” is the first single from the album, and it will come out later this month. Read Finn’s more thorough description of the album here, and check out the album’s tracklisting below:
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Craig Finn Announces Solo Single

By Will Oliver, October 30th 2011 — with 1 comment

Craig Finn, the prolific frontman of The Hold Steady has announced his first official solo release. He will release a single titled “Honolulu Blues” on November 25 via Vagrant Records.”Rented Room” is the b-side to the single, which is a preview of a full length solo debut that will come out sometime in 2012. The limited single will be released on Record Store Day’s Black Friday.

Big fan of Mr. Finn. All fans of The Hold Steady have a good reason to be excited for 2012.

The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn Plans Solo Album

By Will Oliver, July 12th 2011

The always smiling Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn has created a tumblr and twitter page and used the former to announce that he’s working on a solo album. He’s staying in Austin, Texas at a friends guest house working on the songs. He’s keeping us updated on the whole process on the tumblr, which every Hold Steady fan needs to be following right now.

He also mentioned that The Hold Steady will begin writing LP #6 in September, so we can probably expect a new record from them by 2012.

After the jump check out a song called “One Single Saviour” that Craig performed solo in April. Maybe it will be on the new album.

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[video] Craig Finn – One Single Saviour (Live)

By Will Oliver, April 29th 2011 — with 1 comment

Here’s a pretty solo song that The Hold Steady’s frontman, Craig Finn, did live for Minnesota Public Radio. Heaven Is Whenever was hit and miss for a lot of people, but I don’t think many people will be disappointed with “One Single Saviour”:

We All Want Someone’s Best Songs Of 2017

By Will Oliver, January 12th 2018

[artwork by Anthony Bauer]

And the time has come for the one post that all my friends actually read on these here pages, my best (or favorite) songs of 2017. These are the songs that I obsessed over throughout all of last year and many are still getting heavy rotation into the new one.

You’ll find select highlights from many of the albums that appeared on my best albums list but also a few new acts who blossomed or select songs that stood out on albums that didn’t quite shine as bright. Either way, I hope that you find at least one new song or artist that you didn’t know beforehand and that they make your day that much brighter. Thanks again for sticking around with us for another year and here’s to a bigger and better year in 2018.

As usual, the list is posted in a countdown format from 100-1 and I have made a Spotify playlist which you can find here or embedded at the very end of the post. All the songs are in there except for Ty Segall’s “Orange Color Queen,” as the album is not on Spotify.

Without further ado, here are my favorite songs from 2017:
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The Hold Steady at Brooklyn Bowl (December 2, 2016)

By Will Oliver, January 14th 2017

You realize time is flying by at unfair speed when you’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Hold Steady’s Boys and Girls in America. I still remember buying that album on CD at Best Buy (jesus), and spinning it non-stop throughout the rest of that year. It’s an album I’d always come back to throughout the year’s, with the 1-2 punch of “Stuck Between Stations” and “Chips Ahoy!” never losing their luster. The Hold Steady never quite matched the quality of Boys and Girls in America, but honestly, how could they?

To celebrate the albums ten years of drunken life, The Hold Steady brought it home for four straight nights of sold out shows at Brooklyn Bowl. Each night had a secret opener that was revealed hours before the show, and on the show I caught on Friday, December 2, local punk rockers The So So Glos took home the honors.

The Hold Steady would deliver all of their trademark album in full each night, but it was the order of the setlist that changed from night to night. They ended up playing it from front to back in order on night 1, but mixed it up every other night, giving each night it’s unique stamp. The crowd was one of the craziest I’ve seen at any of their shows, and certainly one of the wilder Brooklyn Bowl audiences I’ve ever been a part of.
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