The Hold Steady Guitarist Doesn’t Identify With The Replacements Comparisons

The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady guitarist Tad Kubler talked with City Pages about comparisons the band gets to another band with Minnesota roots, The Replacements. “It’s interesting to hear people say, ‘Yeah, these guys sound like the Replacements.’ As somebody who writes the music, I don’t own a Replacements record,” Kubler explained. “I think that, especially when we started out and we were all drinking and partying and stuff like that, there was a particular mentality that we embodied that was probably like The Replacements—and that’s good company to be in. [But] it’s hard for me identify with that.”

The Hold Steady At SXSW 2009

Billboard caught up with The Hold Steady at SXSW 2009 in Austin, Texas, where the guys talked about avoiding the drink so far, the documentary ‘A Positive Rage’, headlining Rachael Ray’s party, and plans to tour the UK and more U.S. dates before starting on the new album in the late summer. Watch the brief interview below.

The Hold Steady ‘A Positive Rage’ Trailer

The Hold Steady are out with a trailer for their new CD/DVD ‘A Positive Rage’, out April 7th on Vagrant Records. The clip features glowing reviews from fans and some highlights from their live show, filmed on Halloween 2007 at the Metro Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Watch it via YouTube below.

The Hold Steady ‘Stay Positive’ Video

The Hold Steady are out with the video to their new single ‘Stay Positive’, the title track to the Brooklyn-based rock band’s fourth studio album, out now on Vagrant/Rough Trade. Watch it below.

On TV: The Hold Steady, MGMT, Kid Rock

Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser of MGMT

Rock acts on television this week include:

Phantom Planet, who perform on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ (CBS) on Monday.

The Hold Steady, who perform on ‘The Late Late Show’ (CBS) on Tuesday.

The Gaslight Anthem, who visit ‘Steven’s Untitled Rock Show’ (Fuse) on Wednesday.

Film School, who visit ‘The Daily Habit’ (Fuel) on Wednesday.

Dillinger Escape Plan, who visit ‘The Daily Habit’ (Fuel) on Thursday.

MGMT, who perform on ‘The Late Late Show’ (CBS) on Thursday.

Kid Rock & Lynyrd Skynyrd, who perform on ‘Good Morning America’ (ABC) on Friday.

On TV: Linkin Park, The Hold Steady, We Are Scientists

Rock acts on television this week include:

We Are Scientists, who perform on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ (CBS) on Monday.

Secondhand Serenade, who visits ‘Total Request Live’ (MTV) on Monday.

Linkin Park, who visit ‘Steven’s Untitled Rock Show’ (Fuse) on Monday and Tuesday.

Dropkick Murphys, who visit ‘Steven’s Untitled Rock Show’ (Fuse) on Monday.

Perry Farrell, who visits ‘The Daily Habit’ (Fuel) on Monday.

Low vs. Diamond, who perform on ‘The Late Show’ (CBS) on Tuesday.

Third Day, who perform on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ (NBC) on Tuesday.

Bryan Adams, who performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC) on Tuesday.

Damien Fahey’s band The Classic Futures, who perform on ‘TRL’ (MTV) on Tuesday.

Gogol Bordello, who perform on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ (NBC) on Wednesday.

We The Kings, The Color Fred and The Higher, who visit ‘Steven’s Untitled Rock Show’ (Fuse) on Wednesday.

Innerpartysystem, who visit ‘The Daily Habit’ (Fuel) on Wednesday.

Does It Offend You, Yeah?, who visit ‘Steven’s Untitled Rock Show’ (Fuse) on Thursday.

The Submarines, who visit ‘The Daily Habit’ (Fuel) on Thursday.

The Hold Steady, who perform on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ (CBS) on Friday.

The Airborne Toxic Event, who perform on ‘Late Night’ (NBC) on Friday.

Huey Lewis and the News, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ (ABC) on Friday.

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