Formed in Brooklyn, New York after the break-up of frontman Craig Finn and guitarist Tad Kubler’s former band, Lifter Puller, indie rock band The Hold Steady released their debut album, Almost Killed Me in 2004. While the album did not receive a lot of airplay, it was praised by critics for Finn’s incisive lyrics. The following year, they released their next album, Separation Sunday on Frenchkiss Records with critics hailing the group as one of indie rock’s most promising young bands. They came to prominence in 2006 after their third album, Boys and Girls in America was released on the higher-profile indie label, Vagrant and featured the singles, “Stuck Between Stations” and “Chillout Tent” which was ranked #33 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Best Songs Of 2006”.
The band’s 2008 album, Stay Positive – which featured the singles, “Sequestered in Memphis” and “Constructive Summer” – reached #30 on the Billboard 200. They went on to release a live album, A Positive Rage in 2009 and their fifth studio album, Heaven Is Whenever in 2010. After a brief hiatus in 2012, the group returned to the studio that summer to record the track, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” for the Game of Thrones: Season 3 soundtrack which was also released as a limited edition single. Last month, they released their sixth studio album, Teeth Dreams which features the single, “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You”. Today’s line-up consists of Finn, Kubler, drummer Bobby Drake, bassist Galen Polivka and guitarist Steve Selvidge. Currently The Hold Steady is gearing up for their summer tour across North America which will include a one-night performance at the River Rock Casino Resort on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
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