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Another Week Ends: Lonely Girls, Religious Radicals, Anderson Cooper, Terrence Malick, Sleep Productivity, and the Sacrament of the Gospel

1. We’ve discussed the plight of teenage boys, but now there’s this research, from clinical psychologist Mary Pipher, about the increasing prevalence of loneliness in adolescent girls across America. Pipher talks about the 36% of school-age girls who report being anxious every day, who lack self-sufficiency and spend six to nine hours of each day […]

New Music: Craig Finn’s Faith in the Future

This one comes to us from new Mockingbird writer, Luke Wilson.  You either love or hate The Hold Steady. From Craig Finn’s voice, which sounds like a mix between Paul Westerberg and an IT technician at a karaoke bar, to lead guitarist Tad Kubler’s unapologetically massive riffs, they leave little room for middle ground. I, […]

Music for a Turbulent World: Top Ten Albums of the Year

2014, like many of the past few years, found me going through a number of transitions: moving to a new state, making new friends, starting at a new school, etc. As usual, music kept me company on long car rides and helped me persist through the emotional up and downs of starting over again. Alongside […]

New Music: The Hold Steady’s Teeth Dreams

“So maybe [anxiety]’s just a part of who we all are, and always were. My worry now, though, is that we are starting to nurture these neuroses of ours, and treating them like pets. That can’t be a good thing.” –Craig Finn, in The Independent I don’t often remember my dreams, yet for some reason, […]

The Hold Steady and Their Hoodrat Jesus

“Tiny little text etched into her neck, it said, ‘Jesus lived and died for all your sins.’” If you listen to The Hold Steady, you notice that Jesus shows up in strange places. He is etched in a neck tattoo, chilling with the Father in a character’s drug-induced hallucinations, and in the embrace of “young […]

New Music: Craig Finn’s Clear Heart Full Eyes

“I always say it’s never too late to be saved.” -Craig Finn (interview in Paste) To long time listeners of The Hold Steady, Finn’s statement about salvation, redemption and forgiveness will come as no surprise. Throughout The Hold Steady’s five albums Finn has managed to weave these themes into his rough and tumble stories of […]

We’re All Good, We’re All Bad, We’re All Loving Craig Finn’s “Honolulu Blues”

Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn dropped the first single from his forthcoming FNL-inspired debut, Clear Heart Full Eyes, today and man if the lyrics aren’t absurdly awesome. Funny, frank, disillusioned but hanging on, at the mercy of something that doesn’t always make sense, but very much in the same boat as everyone else, and unable […]