Music: Craig Finn

Craig Finn writes songs. He can’t help it, and he isn’t stopping anytime soon. Best known as the frontman for The Hold Steady, Finn has been delivering his detailed, word-addled songs about everyday people and places for more than two decades.

click to enlarge Both musically and lyrically, Craig Finn says he’s able to tell stories better in his solo work.
Both musically and lyrically, Craig Finn says he’s able to tell stories better in his solo work.

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raig Finn writes songs. He can’t help it, and he isn’t stopping anytime soon. Best known as the frontman for The Hold Steady, Finn has been delivering his detailed, word-addled songs about everyday people and places for more than two decades, a tradition he continues with his recently released second solo album, the eclectic but still-cohesive Faith in the Future.

Far more restrained than the riff-happy Hold Steady records, Faith in the Future is a nuanced, often wistful collection anchored by Finn’s ever-distinctive sing/speak vocals and literate lyrics. Album-opener “Maggie I’ve Been Searching for Our Son,” an evocative tale about a Branch Davidian-like cult, is as moving and memorable as anything in Finn’s now-bursting songbook. Read a full feature on Finn here.


Craig Finn performs with Esme Patterson Friday in the Taft Theatre’s Ballroom. Tickets/more info: tafttheatre.org.


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