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That harmonica peal. It is one of the all-time great opening moments of any album ever, up there with the guitar and deranged growl of “Rocks Off” on Exile On Main St. or the snare hit at the beginning of “Like A Rolling Stone” on Highway 61 Revisited. Springsteen himself once commented on that snare… More »

A few weeks back, we premiered Low’s cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” and it was great (more on that below). It’s their contribution to a forthcoming Springsteen tribute titled Dead Man’s Town, a compilation marking the thirtieth anniversary of Born In The U.S.A. (and taking its name from that album’s title track). Betwee… More »

For you to remember the first time you heard Born In The U.S.A., you have to be above a certain age. It’s just one of those albums. Once it was out there, it was ubiquitous. That tends to happen when you produce seven top ten singles from one album, or when a record goes platinum,… More »

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Craftwerk: The 10 Weirdest Bruce Springsteen Crafts On The Web

When it began, early Bruce was an exotic figure -- young and feral, with a wild mop of hair, a scraggly sailor's beard and a…
Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy | March 12, 2013 - 9:44 am

Watch Divine Fits Cover Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart”

Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" is one of those songs that will continue to turn arenas into pits of ecstasy until long after we're all dead.
Tom Breihan | February 8, 2013 - 8:57 am

Watch Nirvana & Paul McCartney Debut “Cut Me Some Slack” At 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief

So last night the unthinkable happened: Paulvana, Nirmacca, Nicartney -- whatever they're calling themselves (Abomination is taken) -- performed at the 12-12-12 Concert For Sandy…
Michael Nelson | December 13, 2012 - 11:04 am

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band @ Honda Center, Anaheim 12/4/12

Twenty-eight songs and a running time slightly over three hours. These are the hallmarks of a Bruce Springsteen live show. It was a special night…
Andrew Youssef | December 5, 2012 - 3:21 pm

Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums Of 2012

Hot on the heels of our own list of 2012's 50 best albums comes the grandaddy of 'em all, Rolling Stone. And I'm not kidding…
Michael Nelson | December 5, 2012 - 12:22 pm

Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Fallon To Do Hurricane Sandy Telethon On Friday

According to the New York Times, NBC Universal will broadcast a one-hour telethon to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts on Friday. The broadcast — which…
Corban Goble | November 1, 2012 - 1:05 pm

Notes From A Bruce Springsteen Obama Rally

There's a reason why I'm not a photographer Here's a nice thing to have happen in your town: A free acoustic Bruce Springstee…
Tom Breihan | October 23, 2012 - 5:41 pm

Springsteen Plays Longest Set Of His Career

Next month, Bruce Springsteen will turn 63. He is pretty much my dad's age. He has a global audience so adoring that he could easily…
Tom Breihan | August 1, 2012 - 4:03 pm

Hard Rock Calling Pulls Plug On Springsteen/McCartney Encore

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band delivered a three-hour set at London's Hard Rock Calling, closing it out with a guest appearance by Sir…
Michael Nelson | July 16, 2012 - 3:02 pm

Watch Springsteen & The Roots Do “E Street Shuffle” At Roskilde

Bruce Springsteen and the Roots were two lynchpins of this past weekend's Roskilde Festival in Denmark, so, naturally, they ended up on stage together for…
Corban Goble | July 9, 2012 - 4:38 pm

Watch Springsteen Cover “When I Leave Berlin” In Berlin Last Night

It's not like Bruce Springsteen has to learn a song about Berlin just because he's playing Berlin, but that kind of dedication and attention to…
Tom Breihan | May 31, 2012 - 5:10 pm

Bruce Springsteen – “Rocky Ground” Video

Bruce Springsteen doesn't show up in his video for "Rocky Ground," the gospel-tinged underclass lament from his new album Wrecking Ball. Instead, the clip superimpose…
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2012 - 9:28 am

Bruce Springsteen Covers “The Weight”

Today, we got to hear "Toast To Freedom," one of the last songs Levon Helm recorded. And now here's a video of Bruce Springsteen at…
Tom Breihan | May 3, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Watch Springsteen Joined By Arcade Fire, Tom Morello, Eric Burdon, And Others At SXSW

Yesterday, the Boss came to town. Bruce Springsteen delivered his SXSW Keynote Address in the afternoon (watch below), and in the evening, he and hi…
Tom Breihan | March 16, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Stream Springsteen Wrecking Ball, Watch Him Cover LMFAO On Fallon

Bruce Springsteen's new recession-special album Wrecking Ball is out tomorrow, and it mostly concerns America's widening gulf between rich and poor. Appropriately enough, then, he'…
Tom Breihan | March 5, 2012 - 1:22 pm

Watch Elvis Costello And The Roots Cover Springsteen On Fallon

We're deep into Bruce Springsteen Week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, a five-night celebration of all things Boss that started with Springsteen himself rolling
Tom Breihan | March 2, 2012 - 10:06 am

Watch Springsteen Kick Off Springsteen Week On Fallon

It's Springsteen Week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, which means we're just starting a solid five shows of Boss-related goodness. And on the first…
Tom Breihan | February 28, 2012 - 10:06 am

Springsteen Announces Intimate SXSW Show

Well, this type of thing doesn’t happen every day. Bruce Springsteen, already announced as SXSW’s Keynote Speaker, will bring his whole entire E Street Band…
Tom Breihan | February 27, 2012 - 2:03 pm

Premature Evaluation: Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball

Being Bruce Springsteen can't be easy. As one of the last quasi-relevant survivors of a stadium-rock infrastructure that doesn't exist anymore, he's spent decades being…
Tom Breihan | February 20, 2012 - 1:24 pm

Grammys 2012 Comment Party!!

It's the 2012 Grammys! The Stereogum crew is over at my house, there may or may not be pizza and beer involved, and on the…
Amrit Singh | February 12, 2012 - 7:55 pm