Tag Archives: Bruce Springsteen

Funny, Socially Aware, Singalong Tunesmithing from North of the Border at the Mercury Tonight

Source: New York Music Daily

Toronto band the Fast Romantics’ latest album American Love – streaming at Bandcamp – was conceived in the shock and horror after the 2016 Presidential Election. It’s a considerably generous gesture from the powerpopsters’ frontman Matthew Angus, a salute to all good things American rather than the cheap shot he could have taken so easily. The model for the songs is Born to Run-era Springsteen (with plenty of Cheap Trick and ELO thrown in), yet not in a cheesy, imitative way. There’s hope and urgency and a lot of humor, some of it allusive and some of it a ...

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Catch Bruce Springsteen at his reported upcoming Broadway residency

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Catch Bruce Springsteen at his reported upcoming Broadway residency

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com

New Jersey boy, Bruce Springsteen, is making his Broadway debut this summer at NYC’s Walter Kerr Theatre. Well, sort of. Sans show tunes and musical numbers, Springsteen is reportedly taking up a residency at the Theatre for eight weeks.

As a change in pace from mammoth stadium tours, Rolling Stone states that the two month long gig will feature solo performances taking place five days a week. That’s a whole lotta chances to see Bruce. And with the venue seating to up to 975 fans, this run ...

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Bruce Springsteen join Steven Van Zandt on stage in Red Bank, NJ

Source: The Key (WXPN)

XPN MusicNotes: Watch Bruce Springsteen join Steven Van Zandt on stage in Red Bank, NJ

Steven Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen | photo by Amanda Stevens | via AP

“I’d like to bring out a friend of mine who’s out of work” – Steven Van Zandt introducing Bruce Springsteen

Steven Van Zandt spent part of the weekend in New Jersey performing at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank with his band The Disciples of Soul, and guess who came out to join him on the encore? None other than “The Boss” himself — Bruce Springsteen.

Bruce Springsteen played four songs with Van Zandt during Steven’s encore Saturday night, including “It’s Been a Long ...

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Watch Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder cover The Boss’ “Bobby Jean” at benefit event

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Watch Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder cover The Boss’ “Bobby Jean” at benefit event

Eddie Vedder covering The Boss | photo via Consequence of Sound

This weekend, our friends to the north Boston hosted the annual Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert run by Chicago Cubs owner Theo Epstein.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was in attendance, and pulled out all the stops for his performance, covering Talking Heads to The Who, Aerosmith to The Rolling Stones, and most importantly, “Bobby Jean” by Bruce Springsteen himself. Done up in Vedder’s soulful style, the song slays. Check out the fan-shot footage below.

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New York Senator Chuck Schumer shares Trump-dissing Spotify playlist

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

While Schumer didn’t elaborate much, the song titles speak for themselves: “You Haven’t Done Nothin'” (Stevie Wonder), “Gold on the Ceiling” (The Black Keys), “Promises, Promises” (Naked Eyes), “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (The Who), “Fool Me Once” (B.B. King), “Beautiful Liar” (Beyonce & Shakira)…you get the idea.

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filmmaker Jonathan Demme, RIP (read tributes from David Byrne, Robyn Hitchcock & more)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Demme’s work included ‘Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense,’ ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ concert films for Robyn Hitchcock, Neil Young and Justin Timberlake, music videos for New Order, The Feelies and so much more. A very sad loss.

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Watch Bruce Springsteen join guitarist Steve Van Zandt’s band at Asbury Park Music & Film Festival

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Watch Bruce Springsteen join guitarist Steve Van Zandt’s band at Asbury Park Music & Film Festival

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com

Up in Jersey, this weekend’s Asbury Park’s Music & Film Festival housed some important performances from hometown friends and family. On Friday and Saturday, Steve Van Zandt (guitarist of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band) and his band Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul headlined the Paramount Theatre, only to be interrupted by The Boss himself. Crashing the party, Springsteen joined the band in a rendition of Little Richard’s “Lucille” and Zandt’s own “It’s Been A Long Time.” And of course, they ...

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Good Cover Version: Lea Porcelain Does Bruce Springsteen

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Good Cover Version: Lea Porcelain Does Bruce Springsteen

Pulp gave the world the song “Bad Cover Version.” But seeing as I’m a sonic optimist, I’m of the belief that there’s more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

Sorry, Bruce, but I prefer this Lea Porcelain interpretation of 1993’s “Philadelphia.” The London-via-Berlin duo’s otherworldly synth-driven lo-fi pop is so heartbreakingly lovely here, turning the original’s Americana despair into something completely and incandescently beautiful.  


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Tribeca Film Fest 2017 lineup: ‘Godfather’ reunion, Tarantino, Diddy, Hanks & Springsteen, Johnny Rotten, more

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival runs April 19-30.

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Listen to Timelapzzz’s updated political spin on Springsteen’s “Born In the U.S.A.”

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Listen to Timelapzzz’s updated political spin on Springsteen’s “Born In the U.S.A.”

Timelapzzz | Photo via timelapzzz.bandcamp.com

The one plus side to living during an an incredibly politically-charged time and atmosphere is the music that is born out of the chaotic social climate. Take Aaron Joseph’s hazy, electro-pop project, Timelapzzz, for instance, who just released a modern-day cover of Bruce Springsteen’s, “Born In the U.S.A.”

In the cover, the Texan-turned-Philly transplant ruminates on the loaded question: what does it mean to be an American? Though typically misunderstood of as a staple of American patriotism and a Fourth of July firework must-have tune, the original “Born in the U.S.A.” is a charged criticism of ...

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Watch Ryan Adams perform a stripped-down version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia”

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Watch Ryan Adams perform a stripped-down version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia”

Ryan Adams | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

While Ryan Adams is out on the road promoting his new record Prisoner, he stopped by the BBC to perform a beautifully intimate version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia.” As part of the BBC Radio 6’s celebration of music from 1994, The Boss’ cut from the Philadelphia soundtrack (which won an Oscar that same year) is boiled down to a lovely acoustic guitar and paired perfectly with Adam’s exquisite vocal work.

Does he give Bruce a run for his money? Compare the versions below and decide for yourself!  

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37 Album Covers with a Meitu Makeover (viral selfie app turns people into anime)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Okay, fine… 36 album covers and a picture of Mark E. Smith.

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Chrisette Michele cancels NJ to play for Trump (Questlove would pay her to NOT)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

It appears that Roots collaborator Chrisette Michele has agreed to play “The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” in DC. Questlove said: “I’d pay Chrisette to NOT perform.”

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XPN MusicNotes: Roy Orbison’s classic Black & White Night concert gets 30th anniversary package

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XPN MusicNotes: Roy Orbison’s classic Black & White Night concert gets 30th anniversary package

30 years ago, the late great Roy Orbison began his late 80’s comeback with the historic all-star “Black & White Night” concert film and show at LA’s Coconut Grove Club. It’s now getting the special bonus treatment to mark the 30 year milestone.

Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30 comes out Feb. 24th and will feature previously unreleased performances. According to Billboard it will include “5 songs performed after the formal concert ended and the audience left the Coconut Grove club on Sept. 30, 1987.”

The project came about when Alex Orbison, Roy’s son and the President of Roy’s ...

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Jan 5 in Music History: Bruce Springsteen releases Greetings From Asbury Park NJ, Prince makes his live debut

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Jan 5 in Music History: Bruce Springsteen releases Greetings From Asbury Park NJ, Prince makes his live debut
1940 – The FCC hears the first demonstration of FM radio.

1961 – The Beatles play at Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool. Two members Rory Storm & the Hurricanes are in the audience: Johnny Guitar and Ringo Starr.

1963 – Leonard Chess, co-founder of Chess records, tells Billboard magazine: “As it stands today, there’s virtually no difference between rock and roll, pop and rhythm and blues. The music has completely overlapped.”

1965 – The Supremes record “Stop! In The Name Of Love.”

1973 – Bruce Springsteen releases his debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Recorded in a single week, ...

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XPN MusicNotes: The Black Keys now on Spotify, plus 8 songs Bruce Springsteen would take to a Desert Island

Source: The Key (WXPN)

XPN MusicNotes:  The Black Keys now on Spotify, plus 8 songs Bruce Springsteen would take to a Desert Island

The Black Keys‘ drummer Patrick Carney officially Tweeted the news today that The Black Keys discography has finally made its way onto Spotify.

As recently as 2014 The Black Keys made it very clear how they felt about the streaming service.

“The owner of Spotify is worth something like $3 billion. He’s richer than Paul McCartney and he’s 30 and he’s never written a song.”
-Patrick Carney- Seattle ...

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Ben Gibbard covering Teenage Fanclub, TPOBPAH/Titus covering Tom Petty & more for ‘Sounds Delicious’ vinyl series

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Plus: Yumi Zuma covering Oasis’ ‘What’s The Story Morning Glory’ and more full-album covers as part of this vinyl subscription series.

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Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor gives us his “Top Ten Homeless Thanksgiving San Francisco Tracks” (listen)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

“This is the music I listened to whilst walking around San Fransisco on Thanksgiving, the music I heard in my head, and also some of the tunes various people were listening to on the streets that I ‘Shazammed’.” – Alexis Taylor

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This Day in Music History: Elton John & Bernie Taupin sign their first contract, Alice in Chains release their self-titled album

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This Day in Music History: Elton John & Bernie Taupin sign their first contract, Alice in Chains release their self-titled album

1963 – The Beatles make their only two appearances ever in Ireland, playing at the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin. The group hooks up with screenwriter Alun Owen, who has been appointed to write the screenplay for their as-yet-untitled first motion picture. Owen spends three days with them, observing their hectic lifestyle.

1959 – Smokey Robinson marries Claudette Rogers, a member of The Miracles and the eventual inspiration for his song “My Girl,” made famous by the Temptations. The two divorce in 1985.

1967 – Reg Dwight (Elton John) and his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, sign their first recording contract. As minors, their ...

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This Day in Music History: Bruce Springsteen gets his first #1 album, Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York is released

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This Day in Music History: Bruce Springsteen gets his first #1 album, Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York is released

1894 – Billboard Advertising begins publication. Within a few years, it starts focusing on billboards for entertainment shows and drops “Advertising” from its name, and by the 1930s, it is covering radio and sales of a new medium: jukebox records.

1955 – R&B group The Famous Flames, led by James Brown, cut their first demo (of “Please, Please, Please”) at a radio station in Macon, Georgia. It leads to their contract deal with King Records.

1959 – Ray Charles leaves his old label, Atlantic, for a better deal at ABC-Paramount Records.

1968 – George Harrison releases Wonderwall Music, thereby ...

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This Day in Music History: Prince releases 1999, Amy Winehouse releases Back to Black

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Amy Winehouse Back to Black

1960 – Ben E. King records “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand by Me.”

1964 – Sonny (31-year-old Salvatore Bono) and Cher (18-year-old Cherilyn Sarkisian) exchange vows and wedding rings in their first home. Their publicity materials cite this as the day of their wedding, but the duo would not officially marry until 1969.

1970 – Black Sabbath begin their first US tour.

1975 – After releasing Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen has the rare honor of simultaneous cover stories in Time and Newsweek magazines.

1982 – Prince releases 1999.

1988 – U2’s film Rattle And Hum receives its world premiere ...

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