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March 21 in Music History: Faces and the Pixies release their debut albums

Faces

1952 – Cleveland stakes a claim on Rock history when the Moondog Coronation Ball is held at the Cleveland Arena. Organized by the WJW DJ Alan Freed (“Moondog” on the air), it is widely considered the first Rock concert, with Billy Ward and The Dominoes, Tiny Grimes, and Paul Williams on the bill. The crowd goes over capacity and police shut down the show because of fire code violations after just one song by Williams. The event proves to the music industry that this type of R&B music has widespread appeal.

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Stream another new song, “Death To My Hometown” from Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball

“Death To My Hometown” is the latest new song from Bruce Springsteen’s forthcoming album Wrecking Ball that you can listen to here on the Paste Magazine web site. Each day now through March 2nd, a new song from Wrecking Ballwill be streaming on a different website. The songs will be streaming for 24 hours only, beginning midnight ET each day. Bruce rolls in to Philly for two sold out shows at the Wells Fargo Center on March 28th and 29th. Wrecking Ball can be pre-ordered here. Writing about “Death To My Hometown”, Paste magazine says:

Living up to Wrecking Ball‘s overall theme, “Death To My Hometown” is an Irish-laced rock hymn that lashes out with conviction. The album’s fifth song exudes Springsteen’s truculent message, one that stands as a rallying cry in the face of despair. His defiant anthem rings aloud as he sings: “They destroyed our families’ factories and they took our homes / They left our bodies on the planks, the vultures picked our bones.”