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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, All Shook Down Tori Amos on Songwriting, Motherhood, and Her New Album, <i>Unrepentant Geraldines</i>

Tori Amos on Songwriting, Motherhood, and Her New Album, Unrepentant Geraldines

From the latest SF Weekly: An interview with Tori Amos: Over her long and storied career, Tori Amos has worn as many faces as musical styles. After all this time, the core of her multi-instrumental, narrative-driven style persists on her…
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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 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 Treasure Island Day Two: St. Vincent, Beach House, and Explosions in the Sky Successfully Suspend Reality

Treasure Island Day Two: St. Vincent, Beach House, and Explosions in the Sky Successfully Suspend Reality

Death Cab for Cutie, Explosions in the Sky, the Hold Steady, St. Vincent, Beach House, Friendly Fires, Wild Beasts, Warpaint, the Antlers, Weekend, Thee Oh Sees October 16, 2011 Treasure Island Music Festival Better than: The other typical yuppie…
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Music, Seek the Booty: 10 Artists to See at Treasure Island

Seek the Booty: 10 Artists to See at Treasure Island

The Treasure Island Music Festival is one of the Bay Area's best live music events, and to celebrate its fifth anniversary, this year's lineup is a doozy — a collection of some of the greatest artists working in the worlds…
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Music, Hear This Show preview: The Donkeys

Show preview: The Donkeys

Maybe it's the huge (and hugely popular) riffs of the Hold Steady, or a collective need for something musical that isn't made of ones and zeros. But whatever the cause, musty classic-rock sounds are on the rise again. Among the…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: The Hold Steady, The Donkeys & A Decent Animal at the Fillmore

Last Night: The Hold Steady, The Donkeys & A Decent Animal at the Fillmore

​The Hold Steady, The Donkeys, A Decent AnimalThursday, May 6, 2010 The Fillmore Better than: The Hold Steady used to be. It's not like The Hold Steady are new at this, and they're not young either, but damn if they…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Thursday's Pick: The Hold Steady at the Fillmore

What To Do? Thursday's Pick: The Hold Steady at the Fillmore

​The Hold Steady @ The Fillmore "We're good guys, but we can't be good every night," run the lyrics to "Our Whole Lives" from the Hold Steady's new album, Heaven Is Whenever. The band has yet to prove that theory,…
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Music, Hear This Concert preview: The Hold Steady

Concert preview: The Hold Steady

We're good guys, but we can't be good every night," run the lyrics to "Our Whole Lives" from the Hold Steady's upcoming album, Heaven Is Whenever. The band has yet to prove that theory, and here's hoping it never does.…
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Music, Hear This The Drive Steady

The Drive Steady

Though they had long shared an admiration for each other's work, the members of the Hold Steady and the Drive-By Truckers didn't connect until a chance meeting at a show in NYC last summer. When lead Trucker Patterson Hood met…
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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, Hear This Two! Hyped! Bands! In! One! Week!

Two! Hyped! Bands! In! One! Week!

Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn describes his band's brand of verbose, guitar-driven splendor as "classic rock with a small ‘c'." It's apt shorthand for the hedonistic-but-literate sprawl that is a Hold Steady show, a glorious shot of euphoria that should…
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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, Meet the New Boss

Meet the New Boss

Over the last couple of years, we've heard from a succession of new groups that sound a lot like old groups. We've seen the new Joy Division (Interpol), the new Jam (Futureheads), and the new T. Rex (Devendra Banhart). Hell,…
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