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Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.

Denver single day tickets are on sale too. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

Toronto single day tickets are also on sale. Day-by-day lineups HERE.

RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago announces daily lineups, single-day tix on sale"

photos by Greg Cristman

Drive by Truckers / The Hold Steady @ The Paramount, 6/28/2014
Drive-By Truckers
The Hold Steady

"Throughout the evening, there was a striking contrast between frontmen Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. Hood, who often leaped into the air mid-song, overflowed with emotion as he performed signature tunes like "Box of Spiders" and "Hell No, I Ain't Happy." On the opposite end of the stage, straight man Mike Cooley was a study in detached cool. From the moment he strapped on his black Flying V and launched into the hard bitten lyrics of "Birthday Boy," Cooley's mellow, sardonic attitude oozed from every pore." - [Elmore Magazine]
The separate, ongoing tours of Drive-By Truckers and The Hold Steady converged with two shows in the NY area, first at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony (6/27) then Long Island's The Paramount Theatre (6/28). Both bands have been touring in support of new albums, and they each played sets that highlighted the new stuff while also drawing from much of their enviably vast back-catalogues of material. The two modern rock'n'roll institutions even joined forces for an encore at The Paramount, where they covered Bruce Springsteen ("Adam Raised a Cain"), Neil Young ("Rockin' in the Free World"), and The Jim Carroll Band ("People Who Died").

Check out more pictures from the show, setlists for both bands, and video of that collaborative "Rockin'" encore.

Continue reading "Drive-By Truckers & The Hold Steady played the Stone Pony & The Paramount (pics, setlist & video from The Paramount)"

Fall Line Fest

Richmond's Fall Line Fest is returning for its second year on September 5 & 6 across various Richmond, Virginia venues. Like last year, there's a solid, diverse lineup of artists playing including Real Estate, The Hold Steady, Death, Matthew E. White, Fairweather, Tombs, Protomartyr, Priests, Potty Mouth, Tiny Moving Parts and many others. The full lineup as it stands is listed below, and there's still a few more TBA. In addition to the music, there will also be art events and food events, like the Fall Line Brunch Fest on 9/6 at The Broadberry from 11 AM to 2 PM.

TIckets for the festival are on sale now. Individual show tickets won't be sold. Lineup below...

Continue reading "Fall Line Fest 2014 lineup (Real Estate, The Hold Steady, Death, Fairweather, Tombs, Protomartyr, Priests, & more)"

Replacements

The Replacements are finally coming to NYC and will play Queens' huge Forest Tennis Hills Tennis Stadium on September 19 with The Hold Steady and Deer Tick. You can now get TICKETS for that show, starting today (6/21) at 11 AM.

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Ever since The Replacements first announced reunion gigs, we have wondered when is NYC going to get a show. Finally we know: September 19 at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens. The Hold Steady and Deer Tick (who are old pals, tourmates and huge Replacements fans). Tickets to that show go on sale Saturday (6/21) at 11 AM, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win, below.

Also at Forest Hills Stadium this summer: Zac Brown Band (6/21), Modest Mouse/Brand New (8/9) and Drake/Lil Wayne (8/19). All Replacements dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Replacements finally add NYC show, playing Forest Hills Tennis Stadium w/ The Hold Steady & Deer Tick (win tix!)"

Riot Fest

Riot Fest Chicago keeps getting crazier. First they announced their stacked lineup, then revealed that ten of those artists would be performing classic LPs in full, and now they've added more bands to the fest including a handful of heavy hitters. New additions include Primus, Tokyo Police Club, Say Anything, The Hold Steady, Only Crime, Lemuria, Pity Sex, From Indian Lakes, Lucki Eck$, Tiny Moving Parts, The Picturebooks and Survay Says. Tickets are still available.

Updated lineup, including The Cure, Jane's Addiction, Weezer, Social Distortion, Slayer, Descendents, Samhain, Patti Smith, Get Up Kids, Mineral, Failure, Mastodon and so many more, at Riot Fest's site and below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago lineup expands (Primus, Tokyo Police Club, Say Anything, The Hold Steady & more)"

The Hold Steady on Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Tracy Allison)
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The 2014 XPoNential Music Festival happens from July 25 - 27, and like last year includes music at Camden, NJ's Susquehanna Bank Center and Wiggins Park.

The 7/26 date at Susquehanna Bank Center features Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis and Dawes (tickets); and 7/26 features Beck (after his tour hits NYC twice), Band of Horses and The Districts (tickets).

The Wiggins Park shows feature The Hold Steady, Old 97's, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hurray for the RIff Raff, Lucius, Man Man, Nicole Atkins, Diego Garcia, Houndmouth, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Dave Hause, Caitlin Rose, Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene & Steve Gorman), and more. 3-day passes that get you into the whole festival are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

Continue reading "XPoNential Music Festival 2014 lineup & tix (Beck, Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, The Hold Steady, Old 97's & more)"

Shaky Knees Fest

Since we last posted the lineup, The Shaky Knees fest in Atlanta has grown to add The Replacements and more. Tickets also went on sale and are still available. Check out the lineup, headlined by The National, Modest Mouse and Alabama Shakes, in the poster above and the full schedule at the fest's site.

Shaky Knees Music Festival takes place in Atlanta's Atlantic Station, May 9-11, 2014.

Deer Tick and The Hold Steady are both also on the lineup and out on tour together now.

The Replacements at Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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The spring edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival is a month away (May 23-25), and they've already announced the fall edition which goes down in Boston's City Hall Plaza from September 5-7. The September lineup, which is listed in full below, includes The National, The Replacements, Nas x The Roots, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Volcano Choir, The War on Drugs, The Hold Steady, White Denim, Sky Ferreira, Future Islands, San Fermin, S. Carey, Lorde, Childish Gambino and more. 3-day passes go on sale Monday (4/28) at 10 AM.

Tickets (3-day, 2-day and single day passes) for the May festival, which includes Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Brand New, Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent and more, are still available.

Full September lineup, flyer, and announcement video, and video of Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong joining the 'Mats at Coachella, below...

Continue reading "Boston Calling September 2014 lineup (The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Replacements, Nas x The Roots and more)"

The Hold Steady @ BV SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
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Deer Tick and The Hold Steady begin a 10-show run tonight (4/17) in Boston and to celebrate they've covered one of each other's songs. The Hold Steady do Deer Tick's "Easy" (off 2009's Born On Flag Day); while Deer Tick have recorded THS's "Constructive Summer" (off 2008's Stay Positive). You can stream them both below.

This tour does not hit NYC but The Hold Steady will play the NY-area at two shows this summer with Drive by TruckersJune 27 at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony Summer Stage and June 28 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Tickets are still available.

All Deer Tick and Hold Steady dates are listed, along with the cover streams, below...

Continue reading "Deer Tick and The Hold Steady celebrate tour together by covering each other's songs (stream them)"

The Hold Steady @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers both just released new albums, and both will be on their own tours this summer. Their paths intersect for two co-headlining shows, both in the NYC area: Jun 27 at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony Summer Stage and June 28 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Tickets for those two shows go on sale Friday (4/4) at 10 AM but there's a BrooklynVegan presale for both starting today (4/1) that runs from 10:15 AM to 10 PM. Password is "BROOKLYNVEGAN". Get them now!

All dates, including a run the Hold Steady are doing with Deer Tick, are listed below.

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Drive-By Truckers @ Terminal 5 recently (more by Greg Cristman)
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The Drive-By Truckers recently played Terminal 5 in NYC as part of a tour with Blitzen Trapper. We have pictures from that show. The Hold Steady were one of our headliners at SXSW this year, and just released a new album.

Check out our recent interview with Tad Kubler.

If you miss the BV presale, there are also fan club and Live Nation presales starting Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM for the NYC shows (before the regular on sale Friday). All tour dates for both bands are listed below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady & Drive-By Truckers touring separately, playing NY & NJ shows TOGETHER (BrooklynVegan presale)"

photos by Tim Griffin; additional shots by Daniel Christiansen for Indiegogo; words by Andrew Sacher

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BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

After Friday, which came after Thursday, which came after a night show on Wednesday, we said hello and goodbye to both of Red 7's stages one last time with our third and final BrooklynVegan SXSW day party at the 7th & Red River venue in Austin on Saturday (3/15).

Outside, despite the rain that plagued us that day, Palehound kicked things off with their noisy indie rock, and they were followed by the high-energy poppy punk of Cincinnati's Tweens. More poppy punk came from Northampton's Potty Mouth, and then came Mary Timony's (Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag) riff-rockin' new band Ex Hex, who were one of the most fun bands of the day to watch. They were followed by Potty Mouth's Northampton neighbors Speedy Ortiz, who were great as always, and whose new stuff (like "American Horror") sounded great next to their older songs (like "Taylor Swift"). Wye Oak followed and previewed stuff from their upcoming guitar-less album (they did have their guitar on Saturday though), and the show closed with a super fun set from The Hold Steady.

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BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

The indoor stage got off to a great start with Saintseneca, who had a tight blend of Fleet Foxes/Arcade Fire-isms, then it got weird for the UK's Fat White Family, who brought filth and fury not unlike  The Stooges or The Birthday Party. (They're in NYC this weekend.)  Quilt kept things trippy (but cleaner) after that, and Connan Mockasin was his eccentric self too (though he admitted he was recovering from the night before where he told everyone at Swan Dive to take their clothes off). Then came the art pop of Hundred Waters, a mostly-solo set from Braid frontman Bob Nanna which included Braid songs and some Jack and Ace action with his wife Lauren LoPiccolo, sneering Detroit post-punks Protomartyr, and finally a headlining set from the new lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, which is easily their most powerful and fun to watch yet.

Tweens / Ex Hex
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW
BrooklynVegan Day Show - Saturday @ Red 7 - 3/15/2014 SXSW

Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson. Veri organic soda was free, plentiful and was there to help you rehydrate. We let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.

Maybe you won a pair of Marshall Headphones? You may have if you tagged your Instagram with #BVMarshall (you may also see one of those Instagrams featured in this post).

All the music we played between bands can be found on our Nokia MixRadio SXSW playlist. Nokia MixRadio were the ones in the pink tent outside all three days.

Indiegogo was there too, though due to the rain, like Marshall, they moved inside on Saturday.

Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible.

Pictures from Thursday HERE. Pictures from Friday HERE. One set of pictures from Saturday is at BV Austin. More from Saturday below...

Continue reading "BV-SXSW Saturday party @ Red 7 in pics (Hold Steady, TPOBPAH, Wye Oak, Ex Hex, Connan Mockasin, Quilt, Saintseneca, Speedy Ortiz & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

The Hold Steady @ Red 7 - 3/15/14
BrooklynVegan SXSW Saturday Day Party - Red 7

The Hold Steady were just down in Austin for SXSW, where they played a number of shows ahead of their new album, Teeth Dreams, which comes out next week (3/25) via Razor & Tie imprint Washington Square. One of those shows was our free Saturday BrooklynVegan day party at Red 7, where they wrapped up that day (and the entire 3-day run of parties) with a super fun outdoor set in the sun after the morning's rain had cleared. Pictures of their set from that show are in this post.

Though we still have to wait a few days to get the new Hold Steady album, there's a full stream available to listen to now on iTunes Radio. The album has some studio shine courtesy of Nick Raskulinecz (Foo FIghters, Ghost), but even if that sort of thing bothers you these are just more great songs from a consistently great band. Check it out.

More pictures below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady streaming new LP, played SXSW (listen/pics)"

by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis, Wyatt Marshall & Zach Pollack

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Bell House in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
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The insanity that is SXSW is about to uproot folks from around the globe, sending them to Austin for a week to see 628 bands. While there will be great music from all around the world there, we thought, being a NYC-based website, we'd highlight ten artists from our hometown we think you should check out if you'll be there. You can listen to two tracks each from each band (who's on RDIO) in our RDIO playlist, and browse the list below.

Also check out our list of 50 artists from around the world (including four of the ones here) we're excited to see at SXSW and our SXSW metal preview (including NYC's Psalm Zero), and if you're going, we hope to see you at our official showcase, Invisible Oranges' showcase, or one of our day parties!

Check out the list and stream the playlist below...

Continue reading "10 NYC artists to check out at SXSW 2014"

UPDATE: Thursday lineup announced too

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After a Wednesday night official showcase at the same venue, BrooklynVegan will take over both stages of Red 7 during the hours of noon-6pm each day on Thursday (3/13), Friday (3/14) and Saturday (3/15) of SXSW Music. All three day party lineups will be announced momentarily (update: Thursday is announced), but here is Saturday!

SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014 @ RED 7 (FREE)

INSIDE
12:00 Saintseneca
12:45 Fat White Family
01:30 Quilt
02:15 Connan Mockasin
03:00 Hundred Waters
03:45 Bob Nanna of Braid
04:30 Protomartyr
05:05 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

OUTSIDE
12:00 Palehound
12:45 Tweens
01:30 Potty Mouth
02:15 Ex Hex (Mary Timony's new band)
03:05 Speedy Ortiz
04:00 Wye Oak
05:00 The Hold Steady

Please RSVP, and show up early to see all the bands and to ensure you get some complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson (while supplies last).

We'll also have Shiner beer specials all day long, free Veri organic soda, and free popcorn at the Marshall Headphones booth where you can pose in our photobooth and where someone will win a pair of headphones every hour on the hour!

Nokia MixRadio will be on site educating us about their free music service. Indiegogo will be on hand to answer all your crowdfunding questions.

Again, this is one of three free BrooklynVegan day parties at Red 7 this year. Please RSVP once for entry to all three. SXSW badges are also welcome and be sure to stop by the Esurance Glove Box at the Austin Convention Center or their Fuel Lounge at 6th and Trinity to pick up an Esurance Access Pass. Then follow @esurance on Twitter to find out when and where you can hop the line for our party and others around Austin....

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan SXSW 2014 Saturday Day Party lineup (Hold Steady, Pains Of BPAH, Wye Oak, Speedy Ortiz, Hundred Waters, Ex Hex & much more)"

by Jonathan Dick

The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler (in 2008) (more by Chris La Putt)
The Hold Steady

Brooklyn's own rock prophets, The Hold Steady, recently played another sold out hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The critically lauded quartet will release their sixth album, Teeth Dreams (Washington Square) on March 25. Two of its songs are already streaming online. It's a new step for the band both from a label perspective (they were previously on Vagrant) and from a creative one as well. The band's last full-length release was 2010's Heaven is Whenever, providing the longest duration between albums since The Hold Steady's inception. BrooklynVegan spoke to guitarist and founding member Tad Kubler about the new record, the pros and cons of playing Brooklyn, and the band's PledgeMusic Campaign.

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BV: With Teeth Dreams coming up, this is the longest the Hold Steady has gone between albums. What's the direction like for you guys on the new record?

Tad: I don't think it's radically a different direction. I think with every new record, one of the goals I always have is to try to be more musical. You try to write better songs. And when I say "better," I mean when you're playing music, there's something you stumble across occasionally, and you have some kind of emotional response to it. And when people hear something, they'll respond to it. I guess when I say "writing better songs" it just means being more concise or something like that than having sort of self-indulgent stuff happening. There's some stuff obviously that you do because you enjoy it, it's fun, and you like doing it, and there are other things you do because you have a connection or reaction to it. Anybody that tries to do something creative or tries to grow as an artist - those are the moments you try to look for.

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Continue reading "an interview with the Hold Steady's Tad Kubler (on Brooklyn shows, crowd sourcing, the new LP, Cheap Trick & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Cheap Girls

Michigan's Cheap Girls have signed with Xtra Mile Recordings (who put out the new Against Me! album, and is also home to Frank Turner, Tim Barry, etc) for the followup to 2012's Laura Jane Grace-produced Giant Orange. The new album, titled Famous Graves, is due out on May 13 and was produced by Rick Johnson, who did their first two records. On its first single, "Knock Me Over," Cheap Girls are still worshipping those same '90s alt-rock radio and power pop bands (Smoking Popes, Lemonheads, etc), and their songwriting continues to progress as well. The song just premiered over at The A.V. Club, and you can check it out below.

Cheap Girls will be doing some touring ahead of the album's release, including a run with Against Me! and Laura Stevenson and the Cans. As we just mentioned, both Cheap Girls and Against Me! will play our official BV SXSW showcase with Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, and more. In April, they'll do a short run with The Hold Steady. No NYC dates (yet?), but you can check out their full tour schedule below.

Speaking of The Hold Steady, since we last spoke, they released another single from their upcoming album, Teeth Dreams, which is due out on March 25 via Washington Square. The new track "Spinners," follows first single "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You," and like that one it's another dose of their literate rock, with some studio gloss courtesy of Foo Fighters/Ghost producer Nick Raskulinecz. Watch the lyric video below.

Continue reading "Cheap Girls announce new LP, share song, touring w/ Against Me! (both playing BV-SXSW); The Hold Steady post lyric video"

Lillingtons

Montreal punk festival Pouzza Fest is returning to multiple venues in downtown Montreal from May 16-18 to this year. The lineup includes The Hold Steady (who play NYC tonight [2/6]), Dillinger Four, Chixdiggit, The Lillingtons, The Menzingers, The Front Bottoms, Placeholder, Reagan Youth, The Holy Mess, The So So Glos, Gates, Night Birds, SNFU, Tim Barry, Amanda X, Russ Rankin (of Good Riddance), and many more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup and flyer below.

The Lillingtons (whose members since formed Teenage Bottlerocket and Stabbed In Back) were initially active during the '90s, associated with other Ramones-inspired bands like The Queers and Screeching Weasel. They briefly reunited for a new album in 2006, and finally hit the stage together again at Riot Fest Chicago in 2013. They've also got two Northeast dates before Pouzza Fest, including one in NYC on May 16 at Knitting Factory with related band Stabbed In Back. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at 10 AM.

Speaking of, The Queers will be in NYC soon too. All dates are listed, with some streams and the Pouzza lineup, below...

Continue reading "Pouzza Fest 2014 lineup (Hold Steady, Dillinger Four, Menzingers, more) +++ more rare Lillingtons Northeast shows"

The Hold Steady at Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Tracy Allison)
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The Hold Steady's new LP, Teeth Dreams, is due out on 3/25 via Washington Square and the band have just revealed its first single, "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" via Rolling Stone. Listen below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady release "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" from upcoming LP (listen)"

Shaky Knees

Governors Ball and Hangout Fest lineups were just announced today (and Firefly yesterday and Coachella not long before that), and now comes the lineup announcement for another big fest, Atlanta's Shaky Knees Festival. The fest goes down from May 9-11 at Atlantic Station with The National, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Local Natives, The Gaslight Anthem, Violent Femmes, Conor Oberst, Iron and Wine, Jenny Lewis, Dawes, Foals, Deer Tick, The Hold Steady, Tokyo Police Club, Graveyard, Mutual Benefit and many more. There's also one headliner still TBA. Outkast?

Tickets go on sale Friday (1/17). Full lineup and flyer below...

Continue reading "Shaky Knees Festival 2014 lineup announced (The National, Modest Mouse, Conor Oberst, Iron & Wine, Spoon & more)"

The Hold Steady at Pier 26 in 2013 (more by Tracy Allison)
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Everyone's favorite literate bar rockers, The Hold Steady, have announced that the followup to their 2010 LP, Heaven Is Whenever, is called Teeth Dreams and it will be out on March 25 via new Razor & Tie imprint Washington Square. The album was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo FIghters, Ghost), and it will be accompanied by the previously announced PledgeMusic-funded covers EP, which raises money for the K + L Guardian Foundation.

As discussed, The Hold Steady are also touring soon, and since we last spoke, former Avail frontman Tim Barry was added as an opener to that tour. They play NYC on February 6 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which is sold out.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady announce new LP, 'Teeth Dreams'; Tim Barry added to tour (updated dates)"

The Hold Steady at Pier 26 in July (more by Tracy Allison)
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The Hold Steady are planning a new album and "endless touring" for 2014, and though details are still forthcoming on most of that, they did just announce their first eight tour dates of the new year. This run, which they're calling the "Nights Go On Forever" tour, includes a Brooklyn show on February 6 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which, like the Pennsylvania date the next day, doubles as one of the band's 10 year anniversary shows.

Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (12/11) at noon, and if you purchased the 10th anniversary show pledge in the band's new PledgeMusic campaign then you're already set to go. (That particular pledge is all gone but there's still plenty more and the band are at 208% of their goal as of this post.)

All upcoming dates are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "The Hold Steady announce tour, including 10th anniversary shows in Brooklyn & PA (dates)"

The Hold Steady at Pier 26 in July (more by Tracy Allison)
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Fans of The Hold Steady may be familiar with their fan club, The Unified Scene. One of the best-known members of The Unified Scene was Mike Van Jura (aka Jersey Mike), who passed away last year, and in honor of him, The Hold Steady have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to help better The Unified Scene and offer fans a 5-song covers EP. I'll let the band take it from here...

Hey everyone,

A few years back, some of our biggest and most dedicated fans created an organization called The Unified Scene. We have seen members of The Unified Scene at our shows all over the world and it's flattering and exciting to see the community that they created.

One of the best known, most motivated and most vocal members of The Unified Scene was Mike Van Jura, or as he's better known, "Jersey Mike". Mike was the unofficial leader of The Unified Scene and handled a lot of internet and message board duties for us just as a function of his fandom.

Unfortunately, Jersey Mike passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in November 2012. Like many members of our audience, Mike had crossed from being a fan of the band to a real friend. All the members of the Hold Steady and The Unified Scene felt the loss immensely. We miss him.

The Hold Steady has always been about community and inclusiveness. As we often say at the end of our shows, "We are all The Hold Steady". We believe that.

With a new record coming out in 2014, we want to work with our fans to create a new and improved version of The Unified Scene. We want you to join us. By pledging, you will join The Unified Scene fan club, where you will get insider access, exclusive music, members-only content, pre-sale ticket opportunities and more.

For starters, we are recording a 5 song covers EP.....right now! This will be released on 12" vinyl (with download code) sometime in 2014. This will only be available to members of The Unified Scene. By pledging, you will also unlock access to updates and clues to what songs we are covering and scenes from the sessions.

Furthermore, we are offering some other exclusive incentives such as hand written lyrics, pep talks, private interactions with The Hold Steady, and much more. With the holidays coming up, these could also be great gifts for a THS fan in your life.

And don't worry.....we'll be adding even more packages in the coming days and weeks.

A portion of every pledge will be donated to the K+L Guardian Foundation to remember a great fan and friend, and to help the two young children he left behind.

We are looking forward to sharing our new record with you early next year and hope you will pledge to join The Unified Scene and become a part of something we are very excited about. And remember, we are ALL The Hold Steady.

Stay Positive!
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There's a number of rewards for different pledge amounts, and every pledge includes a digital download of the new EP. More details here.

photos by Tracy Allison; words by Andrew Sacher

The Gaslight Anthem / The Hold Steady @ Pier 26, 7/28/2013
The Gaslight Anthem & The Hold Steady @ Pier 26 - 7/28/2013
The Gaslight Anthem & The Hold Steady @ Pier 26 - 7/28/2013

The Gaslight Anthem just brought their tour through NYC this past weekend for three NYC shows. We already posted pictures of the Irving Plaza show, and now we've got a set from their Sunday show (7/28) on Pier 26 with The Hold Steady.

Despite this being the show where fans chanting "BRUUUUUUCE" led Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon to write a blog post addressing their identity as a band, it otherwise went over really well. The Hold Steady, who helped lay the groundwork for bands like The Gaslight Anthem, weren't treated as "openers" by any means; they played a 16-song set (about an hour), and got tons of love from the crowd. Their set was most heavy on Boys and Girls in America and Stay Positive, and also included some new songs from an album Craig Finn told the crowd the band has been working on. And as an added bonus, Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles (whose birthday was that day) joined the band to sing lead vocals on "Cattle and the Creeping Things" (video of that below).

When The Gaslight Anthem were playing their own songs, and neither the band nor the crowd were talking about covers, the crowd was loving it. Sure, songs like "The '59 Sound" and "45" got the biggest reactions, but this was really a crowd who seemed to know every word to almost every song. They played almost all of the newest album, Handwritten, including kicking the show off anthemically with its title track, and getting the crowd grabbing their friends and swaying on "Too Much Blood." There were older favorites played too, like "Great Expectations and "We Came to Dance," and all this talk of covers aside, it seemed like everyone on and off stage had a good time during the set-ending cover of The Who's "Baba O'Riley."

More pictures and the setlists from both bands, and that video of Patrick Stickles joining The Hold Steady, below...

Continue reading "The Gaslight Anthem & The Hold Steady (joined by Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus) @ Pier 26 (pics, setlists, video)"

Lake Street

A new Midwestern-themed bar, Lake Street, is opening next Tuesday (7/9) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The bar is run by Brooklyn musicians who originally hailed from the Midwest, including Hold Steady drummer Bobby Drake, onetime Freedom Fighters frontman Frank Bevan, Primitive Weapons bassist Eric Odness, and Spoon bassist Rob Pope. A press release about the new bar reads:

Comprised of four Midwesterners and a Northern Irishman, Lake St. brings its low-key anthem to 706 Manhattan Ave. (btwn Norman and Meserole) in the form of a classic Midwestern tavern meets local neighborhood hangout. Wanting to create a bar in Brooklyn that reminded them of the bars they loved growing up in the Midwest the space has a decidedly old bar feel as evidenced by the 80 year old bowling lane bar top and checkerboard floor. The partnership team includes members of indie rock stalwarts Spoon, The Hold Steady, Primitive Weapons, W/O., and pop culture craze boy band, The Wanted. Lake St. offers a full liquor bar, twelve taps of locals, seasonals, favorites, and an array of Midwestern canned and bottled brews. Look for special guest DJ's on selected nights on their website, twitter, and Instagram.
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