Craig Finn

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    August 1, 2014

    The Hold Steady Ready To Flex Their Touring Muscle

    The changes that mark the Hold Steady's new album are many. Starting out its second decade, the band added a new lead guitarist in Steve Selvidge. Singer Craig Finn left behind many of his signature lyrical elements. The band recorded with a new producer, Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) ... More >>

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    November 10, 2012

    Jens Lekman, Crescent Ballroom, 11/9/12

    Jens Lekman @ Crescent Ballroom|11/9/12Jens Lekman calls his songs "stories." Introducing "I Know What Love Isn't," the title track from his 2012 LP, Lekman described driving around in a friend's crappy old car, listening to classic rock radio, and talking about "life, love, and things that that." ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012
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    September 27, 2012

    Dust Off Your Flannel: Is the Underground Rising to the Mainstream?

    You've got a lot of reading to do, guys: snuggled tightly in this week's massive Best of Phoenix 2012 issue is a regular issue of Phoenix New Times. In anticipation of the busiest musical weekend of the year, you'll find pieces about KUPD's two-day metal festival Desert Uprising, EDM waterpark party ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    10 Songs About Methheads and Speedfreaks

    See also: 10 Tripped-Out Songs About Hallucinogens and Psychedelics See also: The 10 Coolest, Scariest, Freakiest Songs About Heroin See also: 10 Songs About Cocaine See also: 15 Songs to Light Up to on 4/20 See also: Breaking Bad Season Five Is About to Start; Get Ready with This Methy PlaylistSex, ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    They Might Be Giants at The Marquee Theatre, 1/29/12

    Maria VassettThey Might Be Giants​They Might Be Giants Marquee Theatre Sunday, January 29, 2012 How many F-bombs can you drop in a PG-13 movie? Is it one? Two? However many, last night's They Might Be Giants show certainly earned its 14-and-over "rating," with the "Johns," Flansburgh and Li ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Replacements Fan Documentary Color Me Obsessed to Screen Tonight at Phoenix Art Museum

    One of the preeminent rock bands of the 1980s finally has gotten the rock-doc treatment, and local fans of The Replacements will get a chance to see it at 7:30 p.m. today at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. Color Me Obsessed is self-admitted Replacements fanboy Gorman Bechard's lo ... More >>

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    March 26, 2011

    The Baseball Project Last Night at Martini Ranch

    ​ The Baseball ProjectMartini RanchFriday, March 25There's really no better tune to sum up The Baseball Project's set than their opening one, "All Future and No Past." In its 3-odd minutes, the tune encapsulates everything that makes the band so great, the opening day optimism that makes eager fan ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    The Baseball Project, "All Future And No Past"

    ​Song: The Baseball Project, "All Future And No Past"Context: The Baseball Project, an indie rock band featuring members of R.E.M. and Golden Smog which writes songs about baseball, will be at Martini Ranch tonight. It's a super-cool project, having featured contributions from guys like Death Cab ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011
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    March 22, 2011

    South By Stateside: Day 2 Last Night at The Sail Inn

    ​It's a real shame that Mother Nature didn't see if fit to cooperate with Stateside Presents' plans for South By Stateside: Day 2, the annual Phoenix run off of indie-bands on their way to the West Coast from Austin's South by Southwest Festival. The nine band bill was divided pretty evenly betwee ... More >>

  • Music

    January 4, 2007

    Independence Day

    What's indie rock? Who cares? Here are 10 great CDs that will blow you away, no matter your definition

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    February 16, 2006

    The Hold Steady

    Bossy format

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    January 26, 2006



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    June 9, 2005

    The Hold Steady

    Brains, sweat, and booze