XPN MusicNotes: See Bruce Springsteen literally “dance in the dark,” hear a new Hiss Golden Messenger track


Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have become legendary for their  energetic, never-ending performances, but Monday night in Paris the Boss proved too much for the power supply at AccorHotels Arena as they blew a main electrical fuse during the show- cutting electricity to the stage for about 20 minutes and forcing Springsteen to do a little impromptu dancing in the dark.  Watch.

Bruce & the band continued performing acoustically during the power outage at the arena, before leading an improvised conga line in the crowd. Springsteen was joined by this wife- singer Patti Scialfa, & saxophonist Jake Clemons.  The Boss signed autographs for fans before returning to the stage to perform (appropriately enough) “Dancing in the Dark.”

Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by John Vettese
Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by John Vettese

North Carolina folk outfit, Hiss Golden Messenger have announced their first new album since 2014’s Lateness of Dancers. The new one will be called “Heart Like a Levee” and and is expected out on October 7th. HGM’s lead singer M.C. Taylor got help from members of Bon Iver & Megafaun (most notably: Megafaun’s Bradley and Phil Cook, & Bon Iver’s Matt McCaughan.) Tift Merritt also sings backing vocals.  You can listen to David Dye’s vintage World Cafe interview with Hiss Golden Messenger from 2014 here.

Also, hear to the new album’s opening song “Biloxi” below, and read Pitchfork’s interview with HGM’s MC Taylor.



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