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Music, All Shook Down The Hold Steady Brings Indie Rock Epics to Great American Music Hall Tonight

The Hold Steady Brings Indie Rock Epics to Great American Music Hall Tonight

The worlds of indie rock and sprawling, bloodthirsty pseudo-medieval epics rarely overlap. But an episode last year of HBO's Game of Thrones closed with the Hold Steady's rendition of "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," a song whose lyrics appear…
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Music, Hear This The Hold Steady: Show Preview

The Hold Steady: Show Preview

The worlds of indie rock and sprawling, bloodthirsty pseudo-medieval epics rarely overlap. But an episode last year of HBO's Game of Thrones closed with the Hold Steady's rendition of "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," a song whose lyrics appear…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 2/21/12: The Hold Steady's Craig Finn Leads a Good, Depressing Time at Bottom of the Hill

Live Review, 2/21/12: The Hold Steady's Craig Finn Leads a Good, Depressing Time at Bottom of the Hill

Craig Finn Sad Baby Wolf Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 Bottom of the Hill / Noise Pop 20th Anniversary Opening Night Better than: Seeing The Hold Steady. Ask a local, or a bring a notebook with you to a show,…
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Music, Hear This Craig Finn: Show Preview

Craig Finn: Show Preview

Dear fans of the Hold Steady and (the now-legendary) Lifter Puller: Stay positive, for the ever-charismatic Craig Finn is once again gracing a San Francisco stage — and this time, he'll be all by his lonesome. So grab your whiskey,…
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Music, All Shook Down In Print: Exploring Bhi Bhiman's Funny, Compassionate Folk Songs

In Print: Exploring Bhi Bhiman's Funny, Compassionate Folk Songs

Bhi Bhiman: It might surprise anyone who's heard his booming tenor of a voice, but San Francisco singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman didn't always want to be a musician. His first chosen profession? Comedian. Which goes some way toward explaining the sharp…
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Music, All Shook Down Craig Finn's <i>Clear Heart Full Eyes</i>: A First Listen

Craig Finn's Clear Heart Full Eyes: A First Listen

If I may make two predictions about Clear Heart Full Eyes, the solo debut from combustible, fan-friendly Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, they are that: 1. It's not going to save rock 'n' roll. 2. It's not going to be…
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Music, All Shook Down Noise Pop Announces 2012 Lineup: Built to Spill, Die Antwoord, Surfer Blood, Archers of Loaf, Craig Finn, and More

Noise Pop Announces 2012 Lineup: Built to Spill, Die Antwoord, Surfer Blood, Archers of Loaf, Craig Finn, and More

Next year is the 20th Anniversary of Noise Pop, San Francisco's premier club-based indie music festival, and today, we get our first peek at the lineup for 2012. Big names include Die Antwoord, Craig Finn, Archers of Loaf, and…
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Music, Hear This Fake Your Own Death: Show Preview

Fake Your Own Death: Show Preview

If you've ever been curious how local indie rock four-piece Fake Your Own Death got its name, visit its Facebook page and hear "Mouth to Speak." During the song's big chorus, guitarist and vocalist Terry Ashkinos issues a pensive yet…
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Music, The Hold Steady navigates punks aging awkwardly

The Hold Steady navigates punks aging awkwardly

At hardcore shows, there are two kinds of T-shirts: one that says "Straightedge Till Death," and one that says "Straightedge Till Prom." At least that's what Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn observed in a recent interview, and his point illuminates…
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Music, Reviewed The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady

Craig Finn's ramblings about religious girls having sex with soccer players, chums passing beer bottles under bridges, and house parties long forgotten have always charmed, but that magic wears off on his latest record with the Hold Steady. While previous…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

The tradition of the tarantella stretches back to Dionysian rites of ancient Greece, during which feverish women would run through the streets, swing from tree branches, dance wildly, chant, and pound on tambourines until they entered a trance. Participants, usually…
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