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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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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 the United States’ government and the harmful effects of the Vietnam War. Continue reading →

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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 →