Holding Steady: Craig Finn on Music, Minneapolis, and Headlining Rock the Garden
Hailed as “a born storyteller who’s chosen rock as his medium” (Pitchfork), Craig Finn is many things: Springsteen acolyte, avowed Twins fan, Breck High grad, stand-up guy, and frontman for the Hold Steady. As Finn returns to his roots and readies the band to headline Rock the Garden 2012, I took a moment to catch up with him on music, the Twin Cities, and the shape of things to come.
The Lisps: In Defense of the Musical
Bucking band-culture expectations, the Lisps have added a nontraditional project to their recording and touring schedule: making a musical. The band prioritizes spectacle over, say, shoegazing, but their work FUTURITY is still “a musical made by people who don’t make musicals.” The group’s Sammy Tunis and César Alvarez weigh in on why they chose this form and how it kept their band together.