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XPoNential Music Festival 2009 Artist

The Hold Steady

The Hold SteadyWhen the members of The Hold Steady first decided to start a band in 2002, their expectations were low: no tours, just some local shows - and probably no records. But things don't always work out the way they're planned, and seven years later the five-piece is now one of the most respected and popular rock bands in the country. After 2006's Boys and Girls in America established the group as a critic and fan favorite for their Springsteen-like take on Replacements-era punk, the band released 2008's Stay Positive, a sophisticated growth from Boys and Girls channeling Zeppelin-style classic rock. The album ranked #7 on XPN's Best CDs of 2008 list, and serves as proof that The Hold Steady will stand as one of America's foremost rock bands of the decade.

listen Massive Nights


Camden County
River Stage,

9:00 pm

For a complete review of the show and to discuss the experience, go to the blog.

Set List

Positive Jam
Sequestered in Memphis
Same Kooks
Chips Ahoy!
Massive Nights
Party Pit
The Cutters
Southtown Gurlz


The beach balls sailed overhead as the air grew electric with anticipation. That could only mean one thing...




Current CD:

Stay Positive


Vagrant Records


Brooklyn, NY

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