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Lorde covers Bruce Springsteen with a dark-folk mashup of “I’m On Fire / 400 Lux”

Lorde | Photo by Noah Silvestry | http://silvestography.com/

During a recent show at Christchurch, New Zealand, Lorde surprised fans with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire.” Stripping away dramatic theatrics, the rendition played out as a haunting folk tune that, carried by the same guitar melody, later morphs seamlessly into her Pure Heroine track, “400 Lux.” Continue reading →

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Bruce Springsteen releases live album from 1978 Houston show for Hurricane Relief

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

Good news for fans of The Boss as well as giving to those in need; Bruce Springsteen has released a 26-track recording from a 1978 live show in Houston, with all of the revenue going to MusiCare’s hurricane relief fund. There have been video bootlegs of this show circulating in the past, but this is the first full-concert audio-only release. As well as being available for digital download, CDs of the show will be available beginning on October 9th. Watch “Badlands” from the concert below, and purchase the recording hereContinue reading →

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It’s Official: Bruce Springsteen is going to Broadway

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

The rumors were milling earlier this summer that Jersey son Bruce Springsteen was planning on taking up residency at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City for a limited run of dates. Today, that news is official: as NPR Music reports, the Boss will be lighting up Broadway for a limited series of shows beginning in mid-October.

Springsteen will perform five shows a week at the intimate theater from October 12th through November 26th. Continue reading →

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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
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 is going to lend itself to some incredibly intimate sets. Continue reading →

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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. Continue reading →

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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
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 killed it.

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

Ryan Adams
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. Continue reading →

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Listen to Bruce Springsteen talk Jersey, Nebraska, mental health and politics on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast

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

After ceaselessly circling the globe on his mammoth tour celebrating The River, Bruce Springsteen is in the middle of a well-deserved month off — but Bruce being Bruce, there’s still something going on. Today, he appears on the latest episode of Marc Maron’s famed WTF podcast, where the two Jersey sons bond about their home state and go on to have a wide-ranging discussion that touches on issues from parenthood to politics and the making of The Boss’ iconic Nebraska LP, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this fall. Continue reading →