Wednesday, July 25 2012
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
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
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.
Wednesday, June 1 2011
If only the creators of the Spiderman musical had chosen Elvis Costello instead of U2 to create Spidey's soundtrack... While we're at it, here are some ideas for Broadway's next pack of superhero shows.
Tuesday, January 18 2011
Slipped Discs continues with the return of a legendary power pop band, previously unreleased Springsteen gems, the resurrection of '60s British folk rock sounds, loads of indie rockers and many more. All records that missed our top 70 list last year.
Thursday, March 7 2013
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
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
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
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
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.
Monday, December 2 2013
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?
Thursday, November 29 2012
Although Bruce Springsteen isn’t the king, he is The Boss. And the man can still sing.
Tuesday, June 12 2012
Since nothing kills street cred like unsolicited love from the establishment, news of a collection of scholarly essays on Bruce Springsteen might provoke skepticism, even fear. It needn’t. As awkward shows of affection go, this one is actually pretty good.
Sunday, March 18 2012
Coming on the heels of his keynote address, Bruce was in a jovial mood for his SXSW performance.
Sunday, March 18 2012
Springsteen works well with grand thematic gestures and that is what he offers on this tour.
Monday, November 25 2013
Today, Bruce Springsteen has announced his 18th studio album High Hopes, releasing on 13 January.
Friday, April 5 2013
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.
Thursday, January 10 2013
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.
Wednesday, April 18 2012
In the last 10 years, with and without the now-dwindling E Street Band, Springsteen has created some of his best music. No album as a whole approaches Born to Run’s cultural status, but select songs are equally memorable and musically vital.
Monday, January 23 2012
The Boss has an announcement. Bruce Springsteen is releasing a new album (his 17th), Wrecking Ball on Columbia Records in March (5th March UK, 6th
Wednesday, April 10 2013
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
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
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
Sunday, March 4 2012
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
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