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Bruce Springsteen's "We Take Care of Our Own" from 'Wrecking Ball'

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 March US). The album will was produced by Ron Aniello with Springsteen and includes appearances from Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and former Pearl Jam member, Matt Chamberlain as well as members of the E Street Band.

To coincide with the album, Springsteen has also announced a European Tour with plans for a US tour to come. He'll be stopping by SXSW as a keynote speaker before then. And out now, is the lyric video for the first single, "We Take Care of Our Own".

Wrecking Ball tracklist:

01 We Take Care of Our Own

02 Easy Money

03 Shackled and Down

04 Jack of All Trades

05 Death to My Hometown

06 This Depression

07 Wrecking Ball

08 You’ve Got It

09 Rocky Ground

10 Land of Hope and Dreams

11 We Are Alive

12 Swallowed Up (Bonus Track)

13 American Land (Bonus Track)

Europe Tour Dates:

13 May Sevilla - Estadio Olimpico

17 May Barcelona - Estadio Olimpico Lluis

18 May Barcelona - Estadio Olimpico Lluis

25 May Frankfurt - Commerzbank Arena

27 May Cologne - Energie Stadion

28 May Landgraf - Pink Pop 3 Mar

30 May Berlin - Olympia Stadion

2 June San Sebastian - Estadio Anoeta

3 June Lisbon - Rock in Lisbon

7 June Milan - Stadio Meaza

10 June Florence - Stadio Francesco

11 June Trieste - Stadio Trieste

17 June Madrid - Estadio Santago Bernabu

19 June Montpellier - Park & Suites Arena

21 June Sunderland - Stadium of Light

22 June Manchester - Etihad Stadium

24 June Isle of Wight - Isle Of Wight Festival

4 July Paris - Bercy

5 July Paris - Bercy

7 July Roskilde - Roskilde Festival

9 July Zurich Stadium - Letzigrund

11 July Prague - Synot Tip Arena

12 July Vienna - Ernst Happel Stadium

14 July London - Hard Rock Calling

17 July Dublin - RDS

18 July Dublin - RDS

21 July Oslo - Valle Hoven

23 July Bergen - Koegen

24 July Bergen - Koegen

27 July Gothenberg - Ullevi

28 July Gothenberg - Ullevi

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The World of Captain Beefheart: An Interview with Gary Lucas and Nona Hendryx

Gary Lucas and Nona Hendryx (photo © Michael DelSol courtesy of Howlin' Wuelf Media)

Guitarist and band leader Gary Lucas and veteran vocalist Nona Hendryx pay tribute to one of rock's originals in this interview with PopMatters.

From the opening bars of "Suction Prints", we knew we had entered The World of Captain Beefheart and that was exactly where we wanted to be. There it was, that unmistakable fast 'n bulbous sound, the sudden shifts of meter and tempo, the slithery and stinging slide guitar in tandem with propulsive bass, the polyrhythmic drumming giving the music a swing unlike any other rock band.

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From Haircut 100 to his own modern pop stylings, Nick Heyward is loving this new phase of his career, experimenting with genre with the giddy glee of a true pop music nerd.

In 1982, Nick Heyward was a major star in the UK.

As the leader of pop sensations Haircut 100, he found himself loved by every teenage girl in the land. It's easy to see why, as Haircut 100 were a group of chaps so wholesome, they could have stepped from the pages of Lisa Simpson's "Non-Threatening Boys" magazine. They resembled a Benetton knitwear advert and played a type of quirky, pop-funk that propelled them into every transistor radio in Great Britain.

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Despite the uninspired packaging in this complete series set, Friday Night Lights remains an outstanding TV show; one of the best in the current golden age of television.

There are few series that have earned such universal acclaim as Friday Night Lights (2006-2011). This show unreservedly deserves the praise -- and the well-earned Emmy. Ostensibly about a high school football team in Dillon, Texas—headed by a brand new coach—the series is more about community than sports. Though there's certainly plenty of football-related storylines, the heart of the show is the Taylor family, their personal relationships, and the relationships of those around them.

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Mixing some bland "alternate" and "film" versions of Whitney Houston's six songs included on The Bodyguard with exemplary live cuts, this latest posthumous collection for the singer focuses on pleasing hardcore fans and virtually no one else.

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