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The Hold Steady

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Judson Baker

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Concerts

The Hold Steady; Credit: Brian Blauser

August 15, 2011 Hear the Brooklyn-based rockers perform on West Virginia's revered stage for the very first time.

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The Hold Steady; credit: Mark Seliger

April 30, 2010 Hear the lyrically dense, riff-driven rock band perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia.

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May 30, 2008 The increasingly iconic Brooklyn rock band shook up a full house at WXPN in Philadelphia on May 30.

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November 20, 2007 Hear The Hold Steady with Art Brut, live in concert from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

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Studio Sessions

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September 1, 2010 Hear the lyrically dense, riff-driven rock band perform live in a session from WXPN.

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January 13, 2009 The group strips down to a trio for a casual, surprisingly intimate acoustic session from KEXP.

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August 21, 2008 Hear The Hold Steady blast through four new songs with the urgency of a band at its best.

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August 15, 2008 With riff-heavy mixtures of rock and dense storytelling, The Hold Steady perform new songs on WXPN.

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November 1, 2007 Hear a performance by the thinking man's bar band recorded live from the CMJ Festival from KEXP.

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February 12, 2007 The band's detailed musical universes have made it a critical darling and fan favorite.

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Interviews & Profiles

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May 23, 2010 Heaven Is Whenever, the band's new record, confronts themes of struggle and redemption.

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July 24, 2008 The beloved rock band discusses the influences behind its new album, Stay Positive.

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August 24, 2005 Singer/songwriter Craig Finn weaves tales rooted in his suburban Minneapolis youth.

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Discover Songs

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April 18, 2010 Heaven Is Whenever is available here for streaming in its entirety until May 4.

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December 15, 2008 See and hear what NPR listeners picked as the best albums of 2008.

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December 4, 2008 Having declared the album format dead, Mark Wheat of The Current made the year's ultimate playlist.

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November 24, 2008 David Dye looks back at the 10 albums that best kept him interested through multiple listens.

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June 23, 2008 Hear sneak previews of some of the summer's most anticipated CDs.

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October 26, 2006 The year's best pop music from Lily Allen; The quiet and contemplative Damien Rice; Chilling out...

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October 16, 2006 The Hold Steady might just be the best bar band in America.

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September 21, 2006 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen talks with NPR reviewers Robert Christgau, Meredith Ochs, T...

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Reviews

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December 15, 2008 See and hear what NPR listeners picked as the best albums of 2008.

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July 15, 2008 Blender critic Lizzy Goodman says she has an "absolute mad love" for the group Hold Steady.

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June 23, 2008 Hear sneak previews of some of the summer's most anticipated CDs.

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December 17, 2005 Will Hermes' picks include the "wonderfully strange" world of Animal Collective and Sigur Ros.

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December 4, 2006 From NPR station WXPN, host David Dye chooses his favorite albums of 2006.

Rosanne Cash on the Cabinet of Wonders stage with John Wesley Harding.

June 1, 2012 A feast of music, stories and comedy, and the secret messages Eugene Mirman leaves on bar napkins.

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Craig Finn and Ricky Ray Jackson perform  a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices on Jan. 18, 2012.

February 9, 2012 The Hold Steady singer's stark side is nicely conducive to barren arrangements at the NPR offices.

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Craig Finn's first solo record, Clear Heart Full Eyes, comes out Jan. 24.

January 15, 2012 The Hold Steady singer's first solo album pairs mellow arrangements with heartfelt storytelling.

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December 18, 2008 John Schaefer recommends standout music from 2008, touching on classical, pop, folk and world music.

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Heaven Is Whenever

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Boys and Girls in America

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Separation Sunday

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Almost Killed Me

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Stay Positive

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Clear Heart Full Eyes

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