- Epic Riff: Lots of them.
- "Hot Soft Light"
- "Banging Camp"
- "Constructive Summer" in a pretty huge way.
- Fanon: General consensus seems to be that Sapphire from "Yeah, Sapphire" is the psychic in "Chips Ahoy," "Both Crosses," and "The Weekenders," but Craig Finn has never outright said this.
- More Popular Spin-off: The Hold Steady was formed by the singer and bassist of cult band Lifter Puller.
- The Woobie: Holly.