Onetime disaffected Twin Cities hardcore kid Craig Finn came to New York in 2000, after the dissolution of Lifter Puller, his old beloved rock outfit. A turn as a thirtysomething office drone living his days out in Boerum Hill prompted Finn to reach out to an old bandmate and, in 2002, form a new act, the Hold Steady. The band’s since become something of a summer ritual in this city—a new album each year, out sometime between spring and fall; a dizzying set of hometown shows; critical ecstasy (in ’05, the quintet became the first rock band in 15 years to appear on the cover of... More >>>