The Hold Steady is a Brooklyn-based rock band, formed in 2004. Four of its five members have lived in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, and
their Twin Cities roots are frequently reflected in the band's lyrics. The band's style has been described as a "riff-heavy mixture of classic rock,"
notable for its "lyrically dense storytelling..
To date, the band has released four studio albums— Almost Killed Me (2004), Separation Sunday (2005), Boys and Girls in America (2006), and
Stay Positive (2008). 2009 saw the release of A Positive Rage, their first live album.