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Sunday, December 16 2012

The Best New Artists of 2012

The best new artists of 2012 have remade R&B for the new century, pushed eclectic art-rock in new directions, and kept indie rock and hip-hop strong.


Thursday, December 13 2012

The Artists of the Year: 2012 Edition

The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.


Wednesday, July 25 2012

Yes, I Like Springsteen... No, I'm Not Just Being Ironic

Bruce Springsteen supposedly sucks by Gen-Y standards because he embraces serious values which are rejected as a matter of course by a youth culture with a bad case of postmodernity.


Wednesday, March 7 2012

Bruce Springsteen Tries to Discover How We Can Survive These Hard Times

Wake up. An alarm is sounding. A siren. A pulsing guitar fixes our attention and Bruce Springsteen propels us on a journey -- musical, lyrical, spiritual, confrontational -- to discover how we can survive these hard times, these dying times.


Thursday, June 30 2011

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.


Columns

Thursday, March 7 2013

Everyone Lost: Protest Art and the Iraq War

While people were killing and dying, what did it matter whether there were decent songs being sung, insightful films being produced, appropriate art being inspired? When did poetry ever stop a war?


Thursday, August 9 2012

Bruce Springsteen, Country Music Idol?

Country singers of all stripes have covered or referenced Bruce Springsteen in their songs, yet the reasons they do so, and what they see in his songs, is not as easy to read as you might expect.


Thursday, June 7 2012

Bruce Springsteen Shouts at the Hard of Hearing

Why has Springsteen set aside his storytelling in favor of social jeremiads? Who is he singing to? Why is he trying to do something different now, or is it just, as some critics claim, his brand of righteous rock as usual? The critical questions are not about the subjects, but instead, style, method and strategy.


Sunday, February 5 2012

'Nebraska': Bruce Springsteen's 'Heart of Darkness'

In 1982, with the charts ruled by “Physical”, “Don’t You Want Me” and “Eye of the Tiger”, along came a low-tech record about killers, small-time thieves and other forgotten souls -- and it's still one of the best albums in American music.


Sunday, January 20 2008

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (A Eulogy for the E Street Sound)

When it comes to his work with the E Street Band, Springsteen seems to have tempered or even jettisoned other songwriting trademarks, such as the sense of place that informed so many of his songs.


Reviews

Monday, May 19 2014

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.


Wednesday, April 16 2014

Bruce Springsteen's Artful Criticism of American Culture

This is an ambitious undertaking, weaving American history, popular culture, and Bruce Springsteen’s music into a cohesive narrative.


Monday, January 13 2014

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.


Monday, January 13 2014

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.


Monday, December 2 2013

'Springsteen and I' Really Is About the Fans More than the Man Himself

The heart is in the right place even if the head isn't for Springsteen and I, a "fan-made" homage to the Boss for... who, exactly?


Blogs

Wednesday, February 12 2014

Ain't Talking 'Bout Love: Top 10 Definitive Breakup Albums

During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.


Friday, February 7 2014

Counterbalance No. 162: Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA'

You can't start a fire without a spark. This gun's for hire, even if it's the 162 most acclaimed album of all time. A misunderstood blockbuster from 1984 is this week's Counterbalance.


Monday, November 25 2013

Bruce Springsteen Announces New Album 'High Hopes'

Today, Bruce Springsteen has announced his 18th studio album High Hopes, releasing on 13 January.


Friday, April 5 2013

Counterbalance No. 123: Bruce Springsteen's 'Nebraska'

Radio's jammed up with gospel stations, lost souls callin' long distance salvation. Hey, mister deejay, wontcha hear my last prayer? Play the 123rd most acclaimed album of all time. Springsteen's acoustic masterpiece is this week's Counterbalance.


Friday, January 11 2013

Counterbalance No. 112: Bruce Springsteen's 'Darkness on the Edge of Town'

The 112th most acclaimed album of all time has got a ’69 Chevy with a 396, fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor. Springsteen’s 1978 opus is waiting for you down in the parking lot outside the 7-11 store.


News

Wednesday, April 10 2013

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


Thursday, November 15 2012

Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West to appear at New York Sandy benefit

LOS ANGELES — Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will help anchor another all-star benefit to aid in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, once again joined


Wednesday, April 4 2012

Springsteen’s left-leaning songs win fans on the right

HACKENSACK, N.J. — “Banker man grows fatter, the working man grows thin.” “Send the robber barons straight to hell.” The message of Bruce Springsteen’s


Monday, March 5 2012

Bruce Springsteen hones in on recession with ‘Wrecking Ball’

It seems kind of goofy, at first, that the title Bruce Springsteen chose for his serious-as-your-life 17th studio album, which comes out Tuesday, is “Wrecking


Friday, March 2 2012

Production, arrangements undercut message of Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball’

Call it patronage, insider politics, Wall Street privilege. In Chicago, they call it the “We don’t want nobody that nobody sent” rule. It’s


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