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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”

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

Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen | still from A Black & White Night

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. Continue reading →

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

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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. Continue reading →