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Best Albums of 2019

It was another great year for music. Need proof? Start with these albums!
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Was 2019 a good or bad year for music? That is always an easy question for me and it may surprise some friends and readers: every year is a great year for music! I never fail to find albums that capture and inspire me. There is great music all around us and it comes from new and veteran artists every year if you are willing to look for and be found by it. So yes, 2019 was a great year for music and here are just some of the albums - listed alphabetically -- that spent considerable time with me

Listful Thinking: Top 5 Songs About God By 'Secular' Artists

Five great songs from rockers who stopped playing God and instead sang about Him...
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Like it or not, love it or hate it, God is everywhere. Even if you don't think there is a God, enough people do, or were at least raised to, that we often find religion at the center of art. This has been true since the Middle Ages, and it is no less true today in the great medium of rock and roll. Early American rockers like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins all came from charismatic Christian traditions, making their inclination to gyrate a bit while telling it like it is all the more natural. Johnny Cash

CD Review: Nils Lofgren - Face The Music

Unsung guitar hero Nils Lofgren gets a massive, career-spanning retrospective
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For many music fans, Nils Lofgren is best known through his work with Neil Young, where he was briefly a member of Crazy Horse and, more recently, for his time with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. A musician's musician, Lofgren has earned a reputation for being a great side man -- and deservedly so. A fantastic guitarist, Lofgren has proven that he plays for the song and has, arguably, made both legendary groups stronger in the process. At the same time, Lofgren has been releasing critically acclaimed music of his own, both with his early band, Grin, and

Pick Of The Week, April Fool's Day Edition: Jackson Browne Tribute 'Looking Into You'

Bruce Hornsby, Bruce Springsteen, Lyle Lovett, Ben Harper and others come together to pay tribute to the iconic '70s singer/songwriter...
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I like compilation albums. I love cover songs. I'm pretty indifferent to Jackson Browne. Great compilations bring in all sorts of different songs from amazing arrays of artists. They can be perfect mix-tapes letting you explore terrific songs by folks you already know and love while introducing you to new artists and sounds. A good cover song takes an already wonderful tune and turns it on its head. The best allow you to hear the song in a completely different way while still maintaining the stuff that made you like it in the first place. I don't have anything against

New Music Tuesday Pick Of The Week: Bob Dylan In The '80s Vol. 1

New Music Tuesday March 25, 2014: Dylan, Elton John, Mikey Junior, Springsteen Tribute, Miles Davis, Rod Stewart and more!
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It is just about universally accepted that Bob Dylan's output in the 1980s was the worst of his long, storied career. He was years away from his spokesman of a generation icon status in the '60s and had moved away from his genre busting, career redefining, Rolling Thunder touring in the '70s. The '80s found Dylan lost. Seemingly unsure of who he was and what his place in the culture could be anymore. The bulk of his album output during that decade was pretty universally panned and is to this date looked upon with scorn. Bob Dylan in the 80's:

Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes is the Pick of the Week

2014 gets in gear this week with a huge week of great new releases!
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We are definitely back in business this week with a slew of great looking releases. I'm contractually obligated to make any new Bruce Springsteen my pick of the week (and by obligated I mean our notorious editor Josh Hathaway has threatened to kill me if I don't) and so I am proud to announce that High Hopes is this weeks pick.It probably would have been anyways. I've never been the world's biggest Springsteen fan, but after seeing him live a few years back I jumped on the bandwagon with both feet. Dude knows how to bring it in front of

Blu-ray Review: Springsteen & I

This new documentary celebrates the fans of The Boss.
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Most musicians hope to have a fan base as rabid and devoted as that of Bruce Springsteen's. While there have been many features on Springsteen over the years, Mr. Wolf and Ridley Scott Associates have decided to pay tribute to his fans. Made with support from Springsteen, Springsteen & I combines homemade testimonials from fans, along with rare footage of The Boss in concert in a fitting tribute for fans and an attempt to convert the nonbelievers. The documentary opens with bootleg footage of a Springsteen concert where he proclaims, "We're here for one reason -- because you're here. Where

Grammy Nominations Another Mess Of Disappointments, Surprises

Good, bad, and bewildering... in other words, exactly what we've come to expect from The Grammys...
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It's that time of year again: Grammy nomination season and as is usually the case, I consider myself (mostly) disappointed. I'm not going to expend much energy detailing the many ways the Recording Academy has lost its way as an organization and how it annually fails. To borrow from former NFL head coach Dennis Green, they are who we think they are. There are some bizarre and inexplicable choices in the major categories but there are a few inspired moves this year so we'll highlight a few of each. Let's start with things that please me: Jack White's Blunderbuss

Bruce Springsteen Announces New North American 'Wrecking Ball' Tour Dates

Springsteen comes to State College, PA and arenas and stadiums across N. America in the fall...
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The theme of Bruce Springsteen's recent tour dates in support of his latest album Wrecking Ball seems to be "Bigger Is Better"; the shows have been getting longer and the tour is getting extended by an additional 16 dates. Springsteen is currently in Europe playing shows routinely topping the three hour mark with one show nearly reaching four hours (3:48) and famously had the plug pulled on him while jamming with Paul McCartney in the UK. That leg of the tour is about to come to an end and Springsteen had already announced several stadium shows in Boston, Chicago,

Springsteen Debuts 3 Songs in Vienna Setlist; July 12, 2012

One of the best setlists of the tour...
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Good night, Vienna! Wow. What a night. These set list reviews and commentaries I write are difficult for me because they're part of an ongoing conversation I've been having about Bruce Springsteen and his music going back several years and many of you join that discussion already in progress. The truth is even though he sometimes does things that make me want to throttle him (Albany, Milan, Zurich, Atlanta, and nights I skipped because I couldn't summon the outrage to be bothered), he has those inspired moments of magic and genius. I wouldn't bother commenting on Bon Jovi setlists because

Bruce Springsteen's Solo Piano Performance Of "If I Should Fall Behind" From Zurich (Video)

A highlight from a setlist that needed one...
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The controversial "Citizens United" Supreme Court decision widened the interpretation that "money" is "free speech" and protected by the First Amendment but tragically refused to recognize the right to keep and bear bricks and aim that at your favorite artist when he does something stupid. I know; I was surprised, too. I was pretty annoyed by Bruce Springsteen's setlist in Zurich but there were a few moments in the show I'd genuinely like to have seen and one of them has been posted to YouTube so we're going to play revisionist history at BlindedBySound and ignore the fact some lowdown

Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball Tour Setlist July 9, 2012 Zurich, Switzerland

This is not a joke so please stop smiling...
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It was the best of shows; it was the worst of shows. Wow, Zurich! I have no idea what to make of what happened in your fair city on this Wrecking Ball tour… The show opens with the tour premiere of "Don't Look Back" from the Tracks box set, a sign request for "Growin' Up," "Save My Love" from The Promise, and a big surprise in the form of a solo piano version of "If I Should Fall Behind," from the Lucky Town record. I can't believe Bruce "saw" that sign. I'm betting that solo piano performance was fantastic. I've

Springsteen Isle Of Wight Festival Setlist: June 24, 2012

Springsteen at the famed UK festival...
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Bruce Springsteen brought his Wrecking Ball tour to the Isle Of Wight festival today and as festivals rules were in play, we have a shorter show than much of the European leg of the tour. The one-two of "Atlantic City" and "Because The Night" would have set my soul on fire and I can't begin to fathom how I'd have felt when he segued from them to "Working On The Highway." Bewildered. Betrayed. A dimension of angry I'd never before experienced in my life? I'll tell you what I wouldn't have been: surprised. He'll do it to you every time. I sure

Bruce Springsteen Manchester UK Setlist - June 22, 2012

Hits and misses as the 'Wrecking Ball' tour rolls along...
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There's a lot of laziness going. I once again skipped a Springsteen show set list because he didn't care enough to make it interesting and I didn't care enough to write about it but tonight is different because our good friend Aaron McMullan was in attendance at tonight's show and because there are actually a few songs in the set list that make this one worth further consideration. I would have been ready to knife myself two songs in when "No Surrender" comes out but let's skip past that and look at the run that includes "Spirit In The Night,"

Springsteen Catches 'Fire' In Montpellier, France: June 19, 2012 Setlist

Two tour premieres in tonight's stop in France...
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Bruce Springsteen cut back a bit on the folks in Montpellier, France, this being the first setlist under 30 songs in quite some time. It's been awhile since we've convened to discuss Springsteen setlists because he finally played a set so unimaginative I couldn't bring myself to care. I was so over it, I skipped the next one on general principle. The tedium is well-represented in tonight's show but there are also some cool moments and we'll hit on both. First the good: the tour premiere of "Growin' Up" and "Fire," the latter of which allegedly took a couple of tries

Bruce Springsteen Discusses 'Wrecking Ball' In Brand New Digital Film, Continues European Tour

The stories behind the songs go well beyond the current economic turmoil...
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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band are continuing their trek across Spain (playing the longest set of his career last night in Madrid) and occasionally playing elsewhere in Europe. Springsteen is promoting the solo album he released earlier this year, Wrecking Ball, and has now released a short interview/documentary film about the themes of the record and why they continue to resonate with him and recur in his work. The rock icon no longer achieves the same commercial success he did at the different peaks in his 40 year career, but this latest album has been largely well

Springsteen Milan, Italy Setlist June 7, 2012

We're going to continue until he gets it right...
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Bruce Springsteen resumes his trek across Europe on the Wrecking Ball world tour, stopping tonight in Milan, Italy. We have good news and bad news in this one and we're going to be positive on this Thursday and start with the good. This is now the longest set of the entire tour coming in at 33 songs strong. The good is "Candy's Room" and "The Promise," the latter performed solo piano. The good includes "Spirit In The Night" and "E Street Shuffle" played back-to-back. Good also includes "Darkness On The Edge Of Town." I also love seeing "Cadillac Ranch" in

Bruce Springsteen Rocks Rio in Lisbon, Portugal Setlist June 3, 2012

You can Rock In Rio all the way in Portugal...
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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band closed down Rock In Rio…in Lisbon, Portugal. If you are one of those who thought you might hold Rock In Rio in, oh I don't know, Rio De Janeiro, surprise! Well, they do. But that's not this one. I'm sure there's a reason. It might even make sense but you've got me. This being a festival, the set is pared down to 24 songs and Bruce was in a generous mood, frequently taking requests from fans who brought signs to the gig. Three of the songs from the set were sign requests: "She's

Bruce Springsteen San Sebastian, Spain Setlist June 2, 2012

A wet one under Spanish skies with peaks and valleys...
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I guess it was a little damp when Bruce Springsteen brought the E Street Band back to Spain for their show in San Sebastian because Bruce opened things with "Who'll Stop The Rain" before kicking in to the standard opening shell of shows on this tour. "The Ties That Bind" and "Night" slot into a couple of the open slots in the opening that includes the usual assortment of Wrecking Ball songs and "Spirit In The Night" has become something of a staple, which is excellent. "Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?" got played a few times early in the tour

Bruce Springsteen Berlin, Germany Setlist May 30, 2012

A promise kept tonight...
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It's the last night in Germany for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and the big story in Berlin tonight is the tour premiere of "Save My Love," first officially released on the 2-CD The Promise released as part of the Darkness On The Edge Of Townreissue. Little Steve Van Zandt has been swearing up and down songs from The Promise would be played on the Wrecking Ball tour but they have been scarce. We got one tonight and it's among my favorites from that set. Here's to hoping there's more where that came from… The show opened with "When I Leave Berlin," apparently a cover
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