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The Hold Steady are a Brooklyn-based musical group, although four of the five members have lived in Minneapolis and their Twin Cities roots are frequently reflected in the group's lyrics.
The Hold Steady was formed simply enough. Lead guitarist Tad Kubler and Frontman Craig Finn (both formerly of the band Lifter Puller) were sitting home watching The Last Waltz when Craig asked "Dude, why aren't there any bands like this anymore? Let's do this from now on."
Their first album Almost Killed Me (2004) was a sleeper hit among music critics, later appearing at #31 in the influential Pazz & Jop listing in New York's Village Voice. In May 2005, they were the first rock group to grace the Voice's front page in 15 years.
The group's second album, Separation Sunday, was released on May 3rd, 2005. The album was a loose concept album following the exploits of Holly (Short for Hallelujah) and her quest to find a balance between Catholicism and Rock and Roll through drugs and an apparent reincarnation.
After Separation Sunday, the band moved from the Frenchkiss Records imprint for their third album to Vagrant Records. Released October 3rd, 2006, Boys and Girls in America (2006) was ranked 8th on Rolling Stone Magazine's Best Albums of 2006 and ranked 1st by the Onion A.V. Club. Pitchfork Media's Scott Plagenhoff writes "[Craig Finn] not only has a commanding, rousing voice but he also says something worth hearing, displaying gifts for both scope and depth that are all too rare in contemporary rock-- indie or mainstream."
The band recorded a modified version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" to be used during the seventh-inning stretch at Minnesota Twins home games during the 2007-08 season.