Articles tagged bruce springsteen

‘A Town Called Malice’: What’s Happened to Working-Class Music?

Is it possible that the very idea of the working class doesn't exist in popular music today -- as if it's been erased?

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The Return of the Great White Boss, Bruce Springsteen

The seven albums in this Collection capture the tension inherent to Springsteen's ultimate transformation into a global megastar.

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Spectacle of Empty Gestures: Rihanna’s “American Oxygen”

The problem isn't that Rihanna's "American Oxygen" fails as political art, it's that we might consider it a success instead of a mere gesture.

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The Staves feat. Justin Vernon - “I’m on Fire (Bruce Springsteen cover)” (video)

The lovely vocal harmonies of the English sister trio the Staves give new life to Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire".

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Will Hoge: Small Town Dreams

Will Hoge is rapidly positioning himself between those two pillars of populist rock, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp.

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Bruce Springsteen: 17 May 2014 - Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT (Photos)

Following a string of shows in Australia and New Zealand, Springsteen returned to the States for a run of shows ending with two sold-out nights at Mohegan Sun.

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Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes (take 1)

A patchwork of studio leftovers, covers and reworked originals billed as a studio album proper, High Hopes leaves something considerable to be desired.

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Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes (take 2)

On this, Bruce Springsteen's most unsteady album, Tom Morello demonstrates how a backing player can nearly ruin the proceedings.

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26 Jun 2013 // 10:04 PM

Willie Nile: American Ride

A statement of purpose and a call to arms, American Ride is a triumphant record, perhaps even a masterpiece of its form.

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10 Apr 2013 // 10:02 AM

Bruce Springsteen Book Claims ‘Born to Run’ Almost Died

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — On a July evening in 1975, a rising musician who had critics fawning but hadn’t yet captured the fancy of the general public

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11 Oct 2012 // 10:15 PM

Sing a Sad Song

If you're hooked on the sad song, you never stop looking for the next good one.

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I Heard You Missed Us (Says Van Halen and Many, Many Others)—We’re Back!

The David Lee Roth-fronted Van Halen returns after a 28-year absence. Who else has made fans wait that long? Quite a few, it turns out.

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Ólöf Arnalds: Ólöf Sings EP

The Icelandic singer-songwriter serves up a fine quintet of English-language songs; highlights include covers of Springsteen, Dylan, and Johnny Cash.

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Catie Curtis: Stretch Limousine on Fire

Here's another genial, generic album of singer-songwriter stuff that wouldn't sound out of place on your local public radio station.

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The Dirt Daubers: Wake Up, Sinners

The bluegrass outfit, led by Legendary Shack Shakers frontman (and Kentucky colonel) J.D. Wilkes, offers up an express train of an album.

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Counterbalance: Year One

In this special one-year anniversary edition of Counterbalance, Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn discuss their first year combing through the pop music canon (as determined by Acclaimed Music's calculations of every best-of list available), share a few favorites, and justify a couple items on their expense account.

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9 Aug 2011 // 7:40 AM

In Defense of Good Sax

I could list several dozen songs that would be greatly lessened, if not unthinkable, without their saxophonic embellishment; so could you. In the interest of time and clarity, let's take three and call it a day.

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12 Jul 2011 // 1:45 AM

Bought on the Fourth of July

With The Homeland Directive writer Robert Venditti offers a deep and meditative work on the nature of personhood in an era of mass marketing. Easily the equal of the illustrious works of John Reed or Jonathan Franzen, The Homeland Directive elevates both the political thriller genre and the comics medium.

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Drop the Needle and Pray: Mourning Clarence Clemons, 1942 - 2011

The mystery and sensuality of Clarence’s sax on “Spirit in the Night", the triumphant conclusion to “Thunder Road", and the epic solo in “Jungleland", are a few of the prodigies among Clarence and Springsteen’s many children -- children conceived by the spiritual love affair that they had for nearly 40 years.

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Clarence Clemons was an integral part of Springsteen’s sound and live show

Even if he hadn’t played a note, saxophonist Clarence Clemons would own an exalted place in rock history for the way he was depicted

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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