The Hold Steady

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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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    April 4, 2013

    10 Star Wars Songs To Ease Your Rage Now That Disney's Killed LucasArts

    Ever since Disney's acquisition of LucasFilms was announced, the prognosis by fans has been mixed. Three new Star Wars movies is good news, right? Sure, but what about yesterday's news that Disney has shut down LucasArts? Yeah, the future of the saga a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away is up ... 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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    May 15, 2012

    The Donkeys, Yucca Tap Room, 5/14/12

    The Donkeys Yucca Tap Room Monday, May 14, 2012 It's hard to tell your friends "I'm going to the Donkeys show" with a straight face. No, not some perverted freak-show in Mexico. I mean the psychedelic San Diegan blues rockers The Donkeys, who tore the Yucca Tap Room apart with their '60s-inspired p ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012
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    April 18, 2012

    Ten Songs to Help Cope With Coachellaitis

    Coachella was a lot of fun. I crossed a bunch of bands off my bucket list that I never thought I'd be able to see live--Refused, Pulp, Justice, At The Drive-In, 2pac...okay, 2pac wasn't actually on my bucket list, but it was cool to kind of see him. A major downside to the festival is you're prett ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Record Heat: Comic Approach by Brad Dwyer

    See also: Record Heat: I Feel Like Puking by Brad Dwyer Collecting comics is a lot like collecting records, only they are a little less strenuous to move (just a little). They take up a lot of space, a lot of folks wonder what the hell you're doing with them, and they inspire intense, all-encompa ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Mike Kennedy, What Are You Listening To?

    ​Mike KennedyKennedy is a comedian and producer at the Speakeasy Comedy Lounge. He co-headlines the Tempe Improv Thursday, April 19. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? I would've said X 103.9-FM a month ago, but now it's sports radio 91 ... 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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    January 26, 2012
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    January 19, 2012

    Andrew W.K. Coming to Tempe; Here's Five Party Jams to Celebrate

    In the midst our daily humdrum of going to work, eating, and sleeping, it can be very easy to overlook one of the most important things in life: Partying. Luckily we have someone like Andrew W.K., who has based his life and career on the concept of "partying," expanding its definition and celebratin ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Music Guide to Living the Jersey Shore Lifestyle

    GTL: The process of staying fresh and mint. Stands for "Gym, tan, laundry." Must be done every day to achieve maximum potential. Side effects may include fist pumping. Coined by the eloquent Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from MTV's ground breaking Jersey Shore. You gotta GTL everyday to make sure ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Death Cab, Cut Copy, Empire of the Sun, DFA 1979 to Headline Treasure Island Music Festival 2011

    Empire of the Sun, Death Cab For Cutie, Cut Copy, Explosions in the Sky, and Death From Above 1979 have been announced as the headliners for this year's Treasure Island Music Festival, according to One Thirty BPM.TIMF has brought a pretty solid lineup to the table for its fifth year. The bill has be ... 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 >>

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    March 17, 2011
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    February 14, 2011

    Valentine's Day Songs That Tell it Like it is

    Not everyone is either totally head-over-heels in love or bitter and lonely on Valentine's Day.Some people are a little more realistic -- a little more down to earth -- about things.What about the rest of us? Whether you recently got dumped, have a crush, or just wanna get laid, there's a song out t ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    15 Good Songs You Might've Missed in 2010

    Peter Storch​I listened to more than 3,000 songs in 2010, so I was asked to come up with a list of the best of the year. But you've probably heard "Swim" by Surfer Blood and "Boyfriend" by Best Coast and "Helicopter" by Deerhunter and "Hustle and Cuss" by the Dead Weather, so I came up with a ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    13 Must-Hear Songs from the First Half of 2010

    Dum Dum Girls​Today marks the halfway point of Nothing Not New. That means I've listen to nearly 140 records in their entirety in the first six months of 2010. Just another 140 or so to go before I can retreat to the familiarity of my record collection.To recognize the occasion, the Up on the Sun ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Foals: Total Life Forever

    ​Artist: FoalsTitle: Total Life ForeverRelease date: June 22Label: Sub PopThough I disagree with a commenter on one of my posts this week (Shawn from excellent local music blog Electric Mustache) about the merits of electro-punk Sleigh Bells, I agree with him that S.B. are a band that you either l ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    What's Selling: Stinkweeds Records

    ​While many highly anticipated records have finally dropped in the last few weeks, everyone from Spin to NPR to our very own Nothing Not New column has had something to say about the latest release from Blitzen Trapper. Phoenicians have not been oblivious, as Destroyer of the Void charted number o ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: Delta Spirit, Stereo Total, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Cringe, The Dig, and more

    ​Let's clear off the desk, shall we?Stereo Total: Baby Ouh! -- This band on the Kill Rock Stars label is a multi-lingual new-New Wave boy-girl band with songs sung in English, German, and French. It's quirky with a capital "Q" and not nearly as charming as it thinks it is. Still, most songs are un ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: CocoRosie, Natalie Merchant, Disco Biscuits, The Sadies, Small Black, and more

    ​It's been a pretty big past two weeks for indie rock: Hold Steady, New Pornographers, Flying Lotus, The National, The Dead Weather. That's a lot of heavy-hitters. Meanwhile, some lower-profile stuff has been piling up on my desk, so it's time to give you a rundown of the other stuff I've been lis ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Male Bonding: Nothing Hurts

    ​Artist: Male BondingTitle: Nothing HurtsRelease date: May 11Label: Sub PopRemember all the buzz about Wavves last year? I thought they were just okay. Hopefully, their next record (slated for release this year) will be better. In the meantime, I'll be listening to the new record by Male Bonding, ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Spin's Best & Worst Moments of Coachella

    ​So if you weren't fortunate enough to make it to Coachella this year -- I along with several of my fellow disappointed New Times staffers fall into that category -- and you're not too broken up about it to find out how it actually went, Spin offers up the high and lowlights of the fest, both from ... More >>

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    February 16, 2010

    Sasquatch Announces 2010 Lineup

    The 2010 lineup for the Sasquatch! Music Festival has been announced, and it is, my friends, rather impressive (finally)​​It's been a long time coming, but the Sasquatch! Music Festival -- held annually at Washington's Gorge Amphitheater over Memorial Day weekend -- has come of age. Too long the ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    New House Shows in Phoenix Arts District: Do House Shows Matter?

    ​It looks like Phoenix DIYers are getting a new house to see shows at, this one at 9th Street and Pierce, very near the so-called "Arts District." The headliner is Lenguas Largas, a Tucson lo-fi indie act.There's still a month until the show, which leaves plenty of time for it to be canceled becau ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    2010's Most Anticipated Albums

    2010 brings with it the hope of a new, much better decade chock full of impressive albums​Some of you may or may not have noticed that the 2000s, or aughts for the cool kids, was a pretty crappy decade. That sentiment is becoming more and more prevalent as we inch toward a brand new decade, and B ... More >>

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    March 23, 2009

    A New Way to Tell Who Was Buzzing at SxSW

    If you are like most people reading about SxSW on every blog out there, it can be a bit overwhelming. But that is nothing compared to how overwhelming it can be to actually be at a festival where 300 bands are playing at every minute (how many stages does Coachella or EdgeFest have going at any one ... More >>

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    March 21, 2009

    SxSW 2009: Saturday

    Attention, all Phoenicians unable to attend SxSW this year: Don't worry. Sure, it's not as good as standing inches away from your favorite band in a trendy Austin club, but we've got the coverage to keep you satisfied. Village Voice Media SXSW Party: Meese, Bear Hands, Crystal Antlers, Gomez and ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Rachael Ray at SXSW

    To add to the list of hip parties we have told you about happening at SxSW next month in Austin is the most random one yet. Rachel Ray will be hosting the party "Rose's Mojito & Rachael Ray's Feedback: The B-Side." The party with have Acts such as The Hold Steady, Ra Ra Riot, The New York Dolls ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    The Hold Steady Opening for Dave Matthews Band?

    Wait, what? The Hold Steady, beloved hipster bar band, sharing a stage with unrepentant frat-rock douches Dave Matthews Band? It's happening in St. Louis, reports our sister paper, Riverfront Times. It's too late to call Live Nation, and the listing for Dave at Cricket Wireless doesn't say anything ... More >>

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    February 18, 2009

    Feb. 18 In Blogs: President Obama, Geronimo, The Hold Steady and More

    We understand that in the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. Worry not! We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Valley Fever: Obama Protesters Leave Signs Near Dobson High School in Mesa Obama Say ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    Just Announced: Black Lips, Cursive, Fall Out Boy, Gaslight Anthem, The Little Ones

    A great week for show announcements, as we've got indie faves The Black Lips, Cursive, Gaslight Anthem, and The Little Ones coming.Oh, and Fall Out Boy. You know, for kids.The Black Lips (above) have a druggy, melodic sound they call "psych-punk," which strikes me as something like The Stooges playi ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    Coachella Artists Start Leaking

    The first batch of bands for the hottest music festival around, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, has been leaked. Confirmed Artists: the Killers, the Airborne Toxic Event, the Bug, Buraka Som Sistema, Crystal Castles, Drop The Lime, Fleet Foxes, Flying Lotus, Girl Talk, the Hold Steady, ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    The Best Album of 2008? Sorry 'Science,' I Go With Girl Talk

    Can an album comprised solely of samples really be an artistic achievement? Honestly, I'm a little bit torn about naming Girl Talk's Feed The Animals the best album of the year. After all, it is a record made up entirely of mashups, so, strictly speaking, there's not a note of new music in this ba ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008

    What's Selling: Stinkweeds Record Exchange

    By Benjamin Leatherman A crafty collection of alt-rockers and indie scene darlings make up this week’s edition of What’s Selling, which comes by way of Kimber Lanning’s long-running Valley music shop Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 12 West Camelback Road. Here’s a list of their top 10 best-se ... More >>

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    July 22, 2008
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    November 29, 2007

    North Stars

    Feeling Minnesota at Marquee

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    August 24, 2007

    Future Shock: The Hold Steady, Regina Spektor, Saosin, and more

    Get ready to crank your credit cards, PHX folks, ‘cause Future Shock’s back with the latest “just announced” concerts coming to town. This week’s edition is like a rock ‘n’ roll Baskin Robins, beeyotch, with acts representing the many different flavors the genre has to offer, from indi ... More >>

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    May 31, 2007

    The Hold Steady

    Good is all

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    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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    January 19, 2006


    An indie you can't refuse

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    June 9, 2005

    The Hold Steady

    Brains, sweat, and booze

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