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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”:

[new]: The Hold Steady – Spinners

By Will Oliver, February 18th 2014

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The Hold Steady are gearing up the release of new album Teeth Dreams which comes out on March 25 via Washington Square, the new imprint label of Razor & Tie..

The first taste of the album came with album track “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You.” Today the band shared the album’s first official single, “Spinners.”

The track premiered today over at Vulture. It’s one of the tracks that I heard them play at Music Hall of Williamsburg earlier in the month, a big song full of the band’s chugging guitars and vivid lyrics from Craig Finn.

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The Hold Steady @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (February 6, 2014)

By Will Oliver, February 7th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Last night was a special night for The Hold Steady, who were playing a rather intimate show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in celebration of their 10th anniversary as a band. As band-leader Craig Finn shared, it was actually 11 years ago when the band played their very first show, which just happened to be at the very same location. Back then it used to be called Northsix. But then again, details like this are small when you’re celebrating your band’s 10th anniversary (when it’s really the 11th). Read the rest of this entry »

[new]: The Hold Steady – I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You

By Will Oliver, January 28th 2014 — with 2 comments

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Our favorite bar rockers The Hold Steady will return with their new album Teeth Dreams on March 25 via Washington Square, the new imprint label of Razor & Tie.

It’s been four years since the band’s last album, Heaven Is Whenever. It was the longest gap in the band’s career, so this new album is long overdue. As Rolling Stone found out, the album was recorded in Brooklyn and Franklin, Tennessee over the last two years. Touring guitarist Steve Selvidge joined the recording process for the first time (he replaced Franz Nicolay).

Last week saw the band release the first cut of the album, a track called “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You.” The band let loose of their sweltering guitars on this classic sounding track that sounds like Craig Finn and company are back in old form. The song builds to a pretty epic climax that I can imagine being an absolute treat to hear live.

Enjoy the track below.
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