The Hold Steady

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Is Being Labeled a "Christian Rock" Band Toxic For Our Career?

    By: Jessica Hopper Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She i ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    Top Five Hits: Fingerprints in Long Beach

    [Editor's Note: Every Friday, our resident record store expert Michael Chin checks in with his weekly report of what the hell people who still buy records at local shops are listening to.]See Also:*The Hives - The Observatory - September 11, 2012 [w/ VIDEO]*Top Five Hits: Left of the Dial in Seal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Male Bonding Go Out with The Lo-Fi, In With the New

    ​London-based trio Male Bonding sure has been part of a whole lot of action since forming some four years ago. The band, who play the Constellation Room (inside the Galaxy) in Santa Ana tonight, began their career by creating sundry home-made cassettes and 7-inch split records, recording covers of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Local Music News Links: Snoop, Green Day, Runner Runner, Lucinda Williams

    Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyGreen Day at Verizon Amphitheatre on Tuesday.​This week, we discovered another OC music magazine to link to. Guess what it's called! In local music news, we've got Runner Runner, Green Day, Snoop Dogg and more...

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    August 26, 2010

    The Hold Steady at Detroit Bar Last Night

    Spencer Kornhaber / OC WeeklyA view few saw.​The Hold Steady with JaillAugust 25, 2010Detroit Bar, Costa MesaPeople, including members of the Hold Steady, like to say that the Minneapolis-via-Brooklyn quartet is essentially a well-bred "bar band." That's not right at all, though. A Hold Stead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Jaill: 'Try Some Speed and Smoke Some Weed.'​Jaill's Sub Pop debut That's How We Burn caught a decent buzz this summer, a quick-hitting record chock full of catchy, rough-around-the-edges guitar pop. The Milwaukee quartet pretty much came out of nowhere; it's been busy tightening up its sound for mass consumption in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Why The Hold Steady Don't Have Songs About Immigrants or Anthony Lane

    Mark Seliger Craig's in the glasses, not the turtleneck.​The Hold Steady are one of the best rock bands of the past decade--yes, we'll fight you on that--and they'll be playing at the relatively itsy-bitsy Detroit Bar tomorrow night. In this week's print edition of the Weekly, we wrote about what ... More >>

  • Music

    August 19, 2010

    The Hold Steady Are Older, Wiser

    In maturing, the band's sound is (ahem) steadier, but no less raucous

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    May 19, 2010

    Detroit Bar Owner Jon Reiser Shares A Secret

    Danielle Bacher​Even if you don't know him by name, you've probably attended at least one show at a Jon Reiser venue in the past decade. He owns Detroit Bar with Dan Bradley, Diego Velasco, David Hastie, Mike Harris and Scott Hamilton (who also own all Memphis Restaurants and Tin Lizzie Salo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Hold Steady, LCD Soundsystem, Caribou: There Is So Much Free, New, Amazing Music Right Now

    ​This past week has been like Hanukkah for anyone in love with good, modern music. Seemingly each new day recently has seen a different and excellent band putting up their new albums for free streaming. Better than gelt!Right now, the Hold Steady is getting my day off to a good start in ... More >>

  • Music

    March 25, 2010

    Local Natives Get Texas-Sized Buzz at SXSW

    [Mental Notes] The music press falls all over itself in praise of the LA-by-way-of-OC band

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Dead Weather 'Die By the Drop,' Hold Steady Debut Single, MJ Doc Done Bad, Akon Stoned

    New Dead Weather album, Sea of Cowards, due out May 7. First single, "Die by the Drop," could drop early as today.Witness claims Michael Jackson's doctor halted CPR, delayed calling paramedics, so he could stash drug vials.The Hold Steady debut first single--"Hurricane J"--off upcoming album Heaven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Local Natives Shine at SXSW; Earn Rave Reviews from BBC, RS, NME, NPR and More

    Chad CheverierLocal Natives, originally from Orange County, rock SXSWLocal Natives crushed at South by Southwest, returning home to LA with massive momentum leading up to their April 18 Coachella date. The other OC/LBC acts that made appearances in Austin surely turned heads but nothing like Lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    She & Him 'Vol. 2' Streaming, Lady Gaga Collapses, Hold Steady Album Art, Allmans Still rock

    She & Him Volume Two streaming on NPR!Too much for Lady Gaga? Singer/spectacle collapses on stage in New Zealand. Check out the artsy, raised-hand album cover for the Hold Steady release Heaven is Whenever due out May 3.The Allman Brothers remain only "jam band" worth a damn. 

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Another Festival We'd Rather Go To: Long Beach's Avi Buffalo Added to Sasquatch!

    ​The line-up for this year's Sasquatch was just announced and hey, turns out it's another festival line-up we'd much rather go see than Coachella.Sasquatch, which is famously held at the Gorge in Washington (two hours outside of Seattle), will be held over Memorial Day weekend, May 29-30. The line ... More >>

  • Music

    December 31, 2009
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    December 14, 2009

    Show Announcement: Coachella 2010 Dates Confirmed

    Beth StirnamanCoachella 2009: Day Two​The 2010 Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival will take place Friday, April 16, Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18 2010 at the Empire Polo Club, Indio, Calif. Pre-sale and layaway plans go on sale today at Three-day passes start at $ ... More >>

  • Music

    October 1, 2009
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    June 25, 2009

    Help the Jakes Get In a Video Game

    Newport Beach's the Jakes have had all sorts of neat things happen to them so far in their relatively young career--opening up for Kings of Leon, getting on The Real World, airplay on KROQ's Locals Only, making the OC Music Awards "Best Live Band" finals--but they haven't been in a video game. Yet.

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2009

    Live(ish) from Coachella: Final Friday Thoughts!

    About to head out to take on another day. Whee! Beth Stirnaman is here in OC Weekly Central (Motel 6 in Palm Springs) uploading pics, so soon you'll have some stuff to look at instead of just these awesome plain text posts. Heard Mentality blogger Nate Jackson is here, too. Say hi, Nate!Before shovi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Live from Coachella: Wrapping Up (But Not Really!)

    Ate some food: veggie wrap from the aptly named "West Coast Wraps." Seemed like a safe bet. We shall see. There but by the grace of God go I! Weirdest option: "Waffleicious," "hot waffle ice cream sandwices." Seems impractical in this environment. What next? Thinking about bouncing around from Los ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Coachella: Where We'll Be. Maybe.

    Oh gosh. It's almost here. Coachella. Three mind-melting days in the desert. Since the set times are up and all, let's look at what we're expecting to hit for suresies. Though of course, reality (fatigue, giant crowds, changing your mind, passing out from dehydration) may always get in the way.Here' ... More >>

  • Music

    April 9, 2009
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    January 28, 2009

    Daily Coachella Update: Still No Lineup, but There is a Fake One

    It's getting to the point where the idea of the Coachella lineup is actually more appealing than whatever the eventual Coachella lineup will be, even if the actual lineup is really impressive. It's like Spock said, "having is not such a pleasing thing as wanting."So yeah, still no official Coachella ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    Rumored/Confirmed Coachella Artists Start to Trickle In

    LAist has about 20 artists they say are "confirmed" for Coachella (coming up soon! April 17-19!), and many more that are "rumored"--and given that just about every act of note is "rumored" for Coachella at this point in the year, a classification that's about as meaningful as last night's Golden Glo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2008

    Last Night: The Henry Clay People at The Prospector

    The Henry Clay People
 The Prospector
 February 23, 2008
 Better Than: Staying home with your cat and hitting the peace pipe. My apologies to The Year Zero, whose set I missed due The Paper Planes getting a late start at The Puka Bar. I heard your performance was drenched in sonic goodness a ... More >>

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    January 3, 2008



  • Features

    September 20, 2007

    Mike Conleys 7 Favorite Things

    Avalon Bar proprietor

  • Music

    February 8, 2007

    in the Mouth of a Desert

    Where the Henry Clay People exude orange-ness

  • Features

    December 28, 2006

    Independence Day

    Ten great CDs that will blow you away no matter your definition

  • Music

    October 26, 2006

    Dirty Deities

    The Thermals

  • Music

    October 12, 2006

    Forever 33

    The Hold Steady

  • Music

    July 6, 2006

    Get Out!

    July 6 - July 13: Burnout Classique

  • Unknown

    June 30, 2005

    Oh, Dread

    Nightlife and more: June 30-July 7