Craig Finn is worried about getting old. He’s 40 and has played in bands for roughly the entirety of his adult life: Lifter Puller in the '90s and The Hold Steady in the 2000s. His first solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes, drops this week. And he’s worried about getting old. “There’s this youthful music,” Finn tells me while we sit at a marble-top table at a dimly lit bistro-type café near his apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. “And then you’re this 40-year-old guy that’s trying to be OK about being 40, and not feel like you’re in an arrested development. Not feel like, ‘Oh, what am I doing.’”
With the first track off their upcoming debut, Mixed Emotions, Tanlines won this week’s MP3-blog wars: the locked-in dance groove on “Brothers” is irresistible. By the way, get ready for more: I saw Tanlines in Brooklyn not that long ago, and they played an unreleased song off their debut that was even catchier than “Brothers.” Yeah. That’s right. I went to an indie-rock show in Brooklyn. Impressed?
Landing a verse from André 3000, the Big Foot of hip-hop, is a great way to show your industry pull. The problem here for Jeezy, though, is that Drake’s album just had a brand new 3 Stacks feature, while this “I Do” verse has been floating around for over a year. Come on, ‘Dre: goddamn Ke$hagets a new one, but Jeezy has to settle for scraps?