The Hold Steady Drops By

Indie rockers visit the GRAMMY Museum
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    The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler
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    The Hold Steady at the GRAMMY Museum
May 24, 2010 -- 9:38 pm PDT

Indie rockers the Hold Steady joined the GRAMMY Museum's ongoing The Drop series on May 3, discussing their newly released album Heaven Is Whenever.

Before an audience of 200 in the Museum's GRAMMY Sound Stage, the group — heralded as the "best bar band in America" by NPR — addressed topics such as songwriting, production, and the creative influences behind the album. Following the discussion, the band took questions from the audience and performed a brief acoustic set.

Formed in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Hold Steady released its debut album, Almost Killed Me, in 2004. The group is currently comprised of drummer Bobby Drake, vocalist/guitarist Craig Finn, lead guitarist Tad Kubler, and bassist Galen Polivka. In its four-star review of Heaven Is Whenever, Rolling Stone magazine said, "The Hold Steady don't just show us how much they love classic rock — they make some of their own. It's their most polished record, nearly majestic at points, without scrimping on bloodshot angst or exuberance."

Upcoming events at the GRAMMY Museum include programs with Johnny Lang (June 1), Don Was (June 3) and Herbie Hancock (June 7).

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