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Bruce Springsteen | Wrecking Ball

There was a time when Bruce Springsteen didn't need rousing choirs, swelling orchestrations, or repetitive Pogues poses to broadcast anthemic populist subversion.
Columbia (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 09, 2012

Titus Andronicus | The Monitor

As if to allay any fears of a starchy Civil War concept album, Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles spends the first minute of The Monitor shouting out a series of cultural artifacts that postdate that conflict by, oh, about a hundred years: th
XL (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 19, 2010

Vegas and Jungleland

Paul Shaffer is a happenin’ cat. Pick an It Moment from pop culture over the past 30 years and Shaffer was there. He was an original band member on Saturday Night Live . He played hapless promo guy Artie Fufkin in This Is Spinal Tap . Disco? He co-wr
Paul Shaffer and the Big Man tell all
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  November 27, 2009

Britt pop

It’s like the Anti–Wall of Sound.
The spare magic of Spoon
By WILL SPITZ  |  October 09, 2007

Do you believe in Magic?

On Magic (Columbia), Bruce Springsteen’s first album with the E Street Band in five years, not everything is what it seems.
Bruce Springsteen returns to the E Street Band
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 01, 2007

Magic numbers

“I like that Stone Roses song,” one of them noted. “You know the one I mean — ‘I Wanna Be a Door.’ ”
The mysterious allure of 27
By BRETT MILANO  |  August 14, 2007


Matter of characters

Two men are on the phone.
In the age of the sound bite, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster are reviving the lost art of long-form radio comedy
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 04, 2007

Springsteen comes of age

This article originally appeared in the June 6, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
A dangerous romantic begins to reckon the risks of rebelling
By KIT RACHLIS  |  November 14, 2006

Hoary days

DOWN THUNDER ROAD: THE MAKING OF BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, by Marc Eliot with the participation of Mike Appel. Simon & Schuster, 382 pages, $23.
One opinion about the making of Bruce Springsteen
By JOHN J. KELLY  |  May 23, 2006

Man's work

“It's hard to figure out what it actually takes to be a man," Springsteen said during a rare post-sound-check interview. In recent years, though, he’s had the financial security and the time on his hands to figure it out.
An epic show from a kinder, gentler Bruce Springsteen
By GARY SUSMAN  |  May 23, 2006

He's the Boss

If good rock and roll is about escape, great rock and roll is about taking ordinary life and making something extraordinary out of it.
Why Bruce Springsteen makes great rock and roll
By  |  May 23, 2006

Bruce Springsteen’s rock dream: Little Big Man as Hot Rod hero

Columbia has been so successful that, no matter what Born To Run sounds like, Bruce Springsteen is in all probability going to be rock’s next superstar. In fact, if one can judge from the crazed crowds outside New York’s Bottom Line, he already is.
By PETER HERBST  |  May 22, 2006

A last chance power drive

By Mike Smith  |  December 18, 2005