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.” Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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.
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 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.
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”:
The Hold Steady’s set at Boston Calling made me realize that these guys are a perfect set for a festival environment. Those who know them can get drunk and sing along to their bar-rock inspired tunes, while those who are new to them can certainly get charmed by their heavy guitar riffage and animated lead by frontman Craig Finn. Read the rest of this entry »
This weekend I made my way all the way out to Huntington for a rare trip out to Long Island to catch The Hold Steady play with Drive-By Truckers at The Paramount. It was a duel headlining tour if you will, with both bands getting equal stage times (The Hold Steady played first, then Drive-By Truckers). Read the rest of this entry »
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.
By Will Oliver, February 7th 2014 — with 1 comment
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 »