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The Hold Steady: Carling Academy, Oxford

David Sinclair, The Times, 10 December 2008

ON THE FACE OF IT, the Hold Steady are upholders of a classic rock tradition. A five-man, New York group who craft their songs out of big chords and a booming backbeat, they come from a lineage of American acts that stretches back to the early days of Bruce Springsteen and beyond.

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