Posted in music | tour dates on February 17, 2009

A Positive Rage

Vagrant Records and The Hold Steady announce an April 7 release date for A Positive Rage, a double disc package featuring a documentary on DVD and their first-ever live album. The set will be released on April 6 on Rough Trade Records in the UK and Europe.

A Positive Rage captures the excitement and high spirits of both the band and their fans in the days surrounding the release of their third full-length, Boys and Girls in America, (Vagrant) and ensuing world tour in 2006.

The 53-minute documentary begins with The Hold Steady's first ever London performances with never-before-seen live footage, back stage interviews with the band members, fan commentary and the original, raw audio. Cameras follow the band as they return to the US for a 24-date tour that culminates on screen with an especially poignant performance at First Avenue in Minneapolis.

The live album was recorded on October 31, 2007 and includes seventeen songs that Craig Finn, Tad Kubler, Galen Polivka, Franz Nicolay, and Bobby Drake performed on the second of their two-night sold-out stand at the Metro in Chicago. The enhanced album will also feature five bonus studio tracks: "Ask Her For Adderall," "Cheyenne Sunrise," "Two Handed Handshake," and the previously unreleased tracks "Spectres" and "40 Bucks."

The booklet features personal photos and the band's memories of the tour, including this excerpt from Craig Finn... "It ended up being a fantastic suburban blow out with band and audience on the floor, Frisbee and tailgating in the adjoining parking lot, and everyone singing along to every song.... It reminded me of the hardcore shows I loved as a kid, everyone sweating and screaming together in a rented hall. And drinking in the parking lot, of course. The next night worlds converged.... "

The Hold Steady, in addition to appearing at SXSW in mid-March, will kick off their late-March-into-April tour at Irving Plaza in NYC on March 30th. $25.00 tickets to the "WRXP Anniverary Show" will go on sale Friday February 20th at 10AM via LiveNation.com. Openers TBA.

In related Vagrant news, they just announced that they signed the UK's Olivia Broadfield. "I have been blown away by how well things have been going for me over the past year and signing with Vagrant is quite simply the cherry on top," said Broadfield. "I am so excited to be working with Vagrant, they have shown such faith and belief in me as an artist and I know that my album will be in good hands. It's taken a lot of hard work to get this far and I can't wait to take things to the next level with Vagrant by my side."

In related Hold Steady news, the band covered Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City" for the new "War Child Heroes" charity comp. "A Postive Rage" tracklist, and all tour dates, below...

A Positive Rage track listing:
1. Intro
2. Stuck Between Stations
3. The Swish
4. Chips Ahoy!
5. Massive Nights
6. Ask Her For Adderall
7. Barfruit Blues
8. Same Kooks
9. You Gotta Dance (With Who You Came With)
10. Lord, I'm Discouraged
11. You Can Make Him Like You
12. Your Little Hoodrat Friend
13. Southtown Girls
14. Citrus
15. First Night
16. Girls Like Status
17. Killer Parities


The Hold Steady - 2009 Tour Dates
Mar 18-21 - SXSW, Austin, TX
Mar 30 - The Fillmore New York At Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Mar 31 - Valentine's Albany, NY
Apr 1 - Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, NY
Apr 2 - Calvin College Fine Arts Center Grand Rapids, MI
Apr 3 - Illini Courtyard Cafe Urbana, IL
Apr 4 - Jake's Nightclub Bloomington, IN
Apr 6 - Gargoyle St. Louis, MO
Apr 7 - The Picador Iowa City, IA
Apr 8 - Slowdown Omaha, NE
Apr 10 - Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Apr 11 - The Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 13 - Beauty Bar Las Vegas, NV
Apr 14 - Harrah's Tahoe South Shore Room Stateline, NV
Apr 15 - Harlow's Sacramento, CA
Apr 17 - Coachella Indio, CA
May 10 - SECC (supporting Counting Crows) Glasgow, UK
May 11 - Manchester Evening News Arena (supporting Counting Crows) Manchester, UK
May 13 - NIA (supporting Counting Crows) Birmingham, UK
May 14 - Wembley Arena (supporting Counting Crows) London, UK
May 16 - Cardiff Arena (supporting Counting Crows) Cardiff, UK
May 18 - BIC (supporting Counting Crows) Bournemouth, UK
May 19 - Royal Centre (supporting Counting Crows) Nottingham, UK
May 21 - Academy (supporting Counting Crows) Brixton, UK
May 30 - Mountain Jam Hunter Mountain, NY

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Comments (42)

THS can suck it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 12:56 PM

sucks that they are playing same night as glasvegas

Posted by ashko | February 17, 2009 1:05 PM

BV's right hand man on the radio show loves him some Hold Steady...which makes me question his taste.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 1:11 PM

Supporting Counting Crows????

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 1:18 PM

every time Hold Steady is posted about, the haters come out in full force. interesting.

P.S. Hold Steady = a great band

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 1:26 PM

Hold Steady=Counting Crows, Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews, and Hootie.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 1:34 PM

anon 1:18..seriously, who says the word haters anymore?
ths=hootie

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 1:39 PM

These guys really suck. Saw some live footage on TV last night from V Fest. Blecch.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 1:56 PM

they are one of the best live bands playing music today

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 2:04 PM

The Hold My Hand Steady

Hootie


Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 2:07 PM

Pitchfork called them the greatest rock n' roll band going. They were lying. You should stay away from the internet on Friday and not try to get tickets for this

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 2:08 PM

there we go again...

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 2:10 PM

It is absolute insanity to me that anyone would regard this schlock in any sort of superlative sense other than "worst," "most pedestrian," or the like. Pitchfork and 2:04 really need to get their ears checked. So much for credibility!

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 2:15 PM

"It is absolute insanity to me that anyone would regard this schlock in any sort of superlative sense other than "worst," "most pedestrian," or the like. Pitchfork and 2:04 really need to get their ears checked. So much for credibility!"

so much for intelligence!

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 2:21 PM

^^
The irony of your statement is hilarious, but thanks for playing!

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 2:57 PM

I like the Hold Steady, but I don't like the Counting Crows. I can't speak for all European fans, but I just don't understand that pairing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 2:59 PM

one of the best albums of 2008, they deserve all the praise they get. Wish they would do a DC/Baltimore/Richmond date but what can you do?

Posted by Andrew | February 17, 2009 3:06 PM

"In bar-light, she looked all right;
In daylight, she looked desperate
That’s all right, I was desperate, too
I’m getting pretty sick of this interview.
Subpoenaed in Texas, sequestered in Memphis
Subpoenaed in Texas, sequestered in Memphis

I think she drove a new Mustang
I guess it might be a rental
I remember she had satellite radio
I guess she seemed a bit nervous,
Do you think I’m that stupid? Well, what the hell?

I’ll tell the story, again…
"

enough said. Terrible band.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 3:11 PM

agreed

absolutely piss-poor lyrics

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 3:24 PM

they suck but these tickets will be great for resale

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 3:38 PM

They're good. They're fun. They're not Ponytail.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 3:42 PM

isn't it ironic that they are terrible?

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 3:43 PM

The Hold Steady are an amazing band and one of the best live shows around.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 3:45 PM

the only thing worse than THS are their fans

garbage music and lyrics by 40 year old / wanna be 28 year old men..

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 4:04 PM

I like this band, but they're done.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 4:37 PM

The Hold Steady is a fucking travesty.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | February 17, 2009 4:47 PM

P.S. Hold Steady = a crappy band

Pitchfork called them the greatest rock n' roll band going.
That should tell you something. They also dig Coldplay!

"The Hold Steady are an amazing band and one of the best live shows around."
You really need to out more. Stop listening to those clueless losers at Pitchfork.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 4:54 PM

Anyone who hates this band is just insecure and jealous.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 4:59 PM

What did Hold Steady do to the anonymous troll's mom who keeps bashing them here?

Posted by biatch | February 17, 2009 5:06 PM

^^
Probably threw out their backs while trying to "rock out" playing killer power chords

Posted by insecure & jealous troll | February 17, 2009 5:15 PM

Brooklyn Vegan comment section = too many dicks

Posted by b | February 17, 2009 5:58 PM

Indie hipster douchebags have trouble reading irony when it comes from a singer who isn't an indie hipster douchebag.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 5:59 PM

BV troll is scared/annoyed by bands that play their instruments well.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 7:53 PM

One of the best albums of 2008, they deserve all the praise they get. Wish they would do a DC/Baltimore/Richmond date but what can you do?

Posted by Andrew Johnson | February 17, 2009 9:35 PM

I kind of like the Hold Steady sometimes when I am in the mood for that kind of thing. They aren't great, but they definitely don't suck.

The lyrics, however, are excellent despite what some commenters here say. The guy is a good story teller.

Posted by Sharkdog | February 18, 2009 11:41 AM

This band is terrible and always has been....but at least on the first two albums you could give them credit for trying to do something different or artistic in some manner.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2009 2:08 PM

Presale password for radio promotion:

WRXP (all caps)

Posted by Password presale | February 19, 2009 10:08 AM

they gave me a 40% surcharge
i couldn't say no 'cause the band's large
my paycheck just went to livenation
guess we'll have to postpone that vacation

Posted by Anonymous | February 19, 2009 10:19 AM

thanks password presale! Haha, $10 surcharge. Ridiculous.

Posted by grateful | February 19, 2009 10:20 AM

$10.25 Ticket Fee is just fucked up.... Fuck Live Nation

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