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Here’s a nice thing to have happen in your town: A free acoustic Bruce Springsteen show, in the middle of a sunny day, with enough of a crowd that the “Thunder Road” singalong resonates loudly but not so much of a crowd that you can’t… More »
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 get away with the standard hour-plus-encores show. And yet, last night in Finland, he played the longest show of his entire career — one that lasted four hours and five… More »
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 Paul McCartney. “I gotta tell you,” the Boss said to the 76,000 people in attendance, “I’ve been trying to do this for 50 years.”They blazed through a rendition of “I… More »
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 a rendition of “E Street Shuffle” on Saturday. Watch it below, plus catch a bonus video of Bruce’s daughter Jessica (who is an Olympic alternate for Equestrian, apparently) filling the… More »
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 detail is what makes him probably our greatest remaining stadium star. At last night’s Berlin show, Springsteen busted out a cover of “When I Leave Berlin,” a song from the… More »
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 superimposes scrawls of the song’s lyrics over images of urban desolation. It’s a blunt but effective way to make sure the song’s message gets across. Watch it below. More »
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 last night’s Newark show, singing one of the songs Helm made famous, just like Bon Iver and the Black Keys have done in recent weeks. Springsteen started off last night’… More »
Yesterday, the Boss came to town. Bruce Springsteen delivered his SXSW Keynote Address in the afternoon (watch below), and in the evening, he and his E Street Band played their much-touted SXSW show. I didn’t go, but I talked to a bunch of people who did, and nobody had anything bad to say about it. More »
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’s posted a Soundcloud stream of the entire album so that the poor (and the rich) among us might hear it for free. Stream it here.
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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 through to play a couple of new songs. In the past two nights, John Legend and Kenny Chensey have both appeared and covered Springsteen songs.
Last night another… More »
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 show of the week, Fallon hosted Bruce himself, along with his E Street Band. On last night’s show, Springsteen played probably the two best songs from his new album Wrecking… More »
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 with him to play an intimate show during the Austin festival. On 3/15 (Thursday), the band will play an unannounced venue; my money’s on Stubb’s. SXSW is holding a ticket… More »
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 held up as a paragon of real American-ness, whatever that might possibly mean. And new Springsteen albums don’t have the luxury of just being Springsteen albums; they have to become… More »
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 off chance you are experiencing something similar at yours, we have decided to put up a post for us all to congregate and talk shit about Adam Levine. This year’… More »
Last month, the Boss returned with the old-school anguished stadium-stomper “We Take Care Of Our Own,” and today he’s debuted the video for that track. The clip, which helpfully prints all the lyrics onscreen and which intermingles footage of serious-looking Bruce with salt-of-the-earth Americana imagery, is really nothing to write home about. But it’s alway… More »
Springsteen back! On March 6, the Boss will release a new album called Wrecking Ball, and it’ll feature members of the E Street Band, as well as people like Tom Morello and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain. “We Take Care Of Our Own,” the first single, hit the internet last night, and it’s a big… More »
“We didn’t forget where we came from, right?” asked Gaslight Anthem lead singer Brian Fallon Friday Night at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, which was an immediately recognized hat-tip; the crowd immediately launched into a deep “BRUUUUUUCCEE.” And their king arrived to perform “American Slang” with the Jersey alt rockers. Check out the video… More »
A couple of months ago, we posted a list of the 10 best Coldplay covers. That list is safe. New Jersey punk rock champions Titus Andronicus recently posted an intentionally ramshackle, lo-fi cover of “In My Place” on Twitter, and holy god this thing is awful. It’s awful on purpose, but it’s still awful. Also,… More »
On March 15 of next year, one Bruce Springsteen will walk into the Austin Convention Center to deliver the year’s SXSW keynote address. And even if he just blathers about factory closures and Pete Seeger for two hours, it’ll probably be worth trying to get in, because he’s motherfucking Bruce Springsteen.
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Ólöf Arnalds’ next release will be an EP of covers, where the Icelandic singer/songwriter rephrases songs by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Russell, Neil Diamond and more using her spare, acoustic arrangements. Hear a cover of Neil Diamond’s “Solitary Man” as well as a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” (with a bonus live… More »