Bruce Springsteen

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    June 4, 2014

    Five Songs That Were Grossly Misinterpreted

    Songs get misinterpreted all the time. Sometimes it's because they have vague lyrics, others it's because singers can't enunciate properly -- looking at you, Eddie Vedder -- and still others it's just because they're misleading and people don't take the time to think them through all the way. That ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    The Boss Works His Magic for Houston Once Again

    Bruce Springsteen and a slightly different E Street Band played The Woodlands May 6.

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    May 7, 2014

    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 5/6/2014

    Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion May 6, 2014 It's fitting that the rooflike shelter hanging above the seats at the Woodlands Pavilion is shaped in a tent spire. Because no one has ever merged the concepts of rock and roll show and religious tent revival like Bru ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    A Special Springsteen Preview From New Orleans

    Last month, The New York Times Magazine published an essay decrying "The Pernicious Rise of Poptimism," defined by critic Saul Austerlitz as the trend among rock critics to embrace the shallow lifestyle-reporting aspects of pop culture while disregarding or distrusting "music that is about something ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Bruce Springsteen Finally Coming Back to Houston

    See that photo up there? That's the last decent live photo Rocks Off ran of Bruce Springsteen, and it's from SXSW 2012. Our photos from his Houston shows are so old we don't even want to use them anymore. We were starting to think he didn't like us anymore. Never mind. According to the Boss' offici ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    Springsteen's Fans Take Center Stage In New Doc

    Springsteen & I Eagle Vision, 142 mins, $14.98 Every musician at least pays lip service to the importance of their fans. Some even coalesce together as a community, former stronger-than-normal bonds (think Deadheads. The KISS Army. Beliebers). But few performer's fans are more rabid, loyal, and em ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    Awful Springsteen Knockoff Not Helping Save the Dome Much at All

    In the campaign to save the Astrodome with the upcoming Proposition 2 referendum, someone has decided that just the thing to put it over the top is a bad Bruce Springsteen parody. Like, really bad. Monday, an outfit called "Jalapeno Pixels" posted a YouTube video called "My Dome Town," a four-and-a ... More >>

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    April 23, 2013

    Yet Another Springsteen Book, This Time In the Boss' Own Words

    Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters Edited by Jeff Burger Even editor Burger himself poses this question in his intro: Does the world really need another book on Bruce Springsteen? Especially in recent times when Boss Books have been flooding the marketplace (and Yours ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Latest Springsteen Book Digs Deep Into Songs

    E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band By Clinton Heylin Viking, 352 pp., $27.95. Capping a trilogy of recent, impressive Springsteen bios that also includes Marc Dolan's Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock and Roll and Peter Ames Carlin's semi-authorized Br ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Bruce: New Springsteen Book Is the Boss of Them All

    Bruce By Peter Ames Carlin Touchstone Books, 512 pp., $28. Let me start by saying that Carlin -- who has also penned books on Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney -- has written the definitive Springsteen straight-bio here with Bruce, an engaging, thorough, and compelling look at the man and his music. ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    A Playlist for Tonight's Hurricane Sandy Telethon

    The music business was hardly spared the effects of Hurricane Sandy. As reported by our New York sister blog, Sound of the City, dozens of shows in the New York-New Jersey area were postponed or canceled; the resulting travel snafu has scuttled touring plans as far away as tonight's (former) Houston ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Revisiting Gaslight Anthem and Other "Baby Boss Bands"

    This past year and a half was a pretty Springsteen-centric one for me. It was just last summer that we lost The Big Man, Clarence Clemons, the E Street Band's mascot and longtime saxophonist at the age of 69 due to stroke complications. Rewind: Springsteen Stumbles On Pedestrian New Album Wrecking ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    The Saxophone: 8 Songs That Show Off Rock's Underappreciated Horn

    Bruce Springsteen is currently in the middle of a world tour with E Street Band, their first without saxophonist Clarence Clemons. "The Big Man" passed away one year ago today from complications resulting from an earlier stroke. His death was sad for many reasons, but the reasons most relevant to ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    SXSW: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Rock ACL Live

    Bruce Springsteen's Thursday started with a keynote speech in one of the big ballrooms at the Austin Convention Center, and ended with a mythic three-hour set at ACL Live across town, in front of a few thousand people cooing "Bruce". The keynote and the show went hand in hand. If you weren't there ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Support Staff: 10 Of Pop History's Greatest Backing Bands

    Being behind the scenes is what most musicians who don't write songs or sing expect of their lives once they start seriously playing. A career backing someone up can be extremely rewarding, particularly if you are part of a transcendent group of musicians that goes from simply backing up an artist i ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    The Top 10 Laziest Music Videos Ever

    We're obsessed with music videos lately, and have spent almost the whole of the weekend seeking new and brilliant ones in order to feature in our weekly column. We're just so impressed with the capabilities open to modern artists at all strata of stardom, and how brilliant a piece of work can come o ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Bruce Springsteen's New Single and a Preemptive Review of His Upcoming Album

    Like any red-blooded American rock and roll fan, I am looking forward to the next year to be filled with Bruce Springsteen. The man has a new album, Wrecking Ball, coming on March 6, a massive tour in the planning stages, and he's set to be the keynote speaker at this year's South By Southwest in Au ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Rolled Up Like a Douche: "Blinded by the Light" Explained

    A few years ago, my band took a trip up the east coast to play some shows in and around New York City. One of the stops was in Asbury Park at a club called The Saint. Not more than probably a mile down the road was the Stone Pony, the legendary venue where some great bands got their start including ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Springsteen Web Site: '78 Summit Show Best Video Ever

    ​ Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, "Fire," live at the Summit 12/8/78 Since one of the extra goodies is a complete video of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's December 1978 concert at the Summit, Rocks Off is sure Houston's Boss fans don't need much more reason to buy the expande ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Last Night: Gaslight Anthem At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Gaslight Anthem Warehouse Live October 7, 2010 Quite a great deal of press - too much, really - has been given to the similarities between New Jersey's Gaslight Anthem and that other guy from the Garden State - Jon Bon J... er, Bruce Springsteen. Both Springsteen and GA ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Springsteen 2.0: Can Baby Bosses Cruise The Backstreets?

    Daniel Kramer​This fall, Houstonians salivating for another touring run by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band don't have to search to hard to find bands heavily influenced by the man's sound and work ethic. Even though Springsteen and his merry band of musicians may be cooling their road ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Springsteen Darkness Reissue Includes 1978 Houston Show

    ​Did you know Bruce Springsteen mentions bygone downtown venue Liberty Hall in his song "This Hard Land"? Of course you did, because Rocks Off is contractually obligated to mention it every time we post something about The Boss. So now that's out of the way, here's something else Houston-re ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    Beasting Off the Riesling: The Most Ridiculous Lyrics of 2009, Part 1

    The lowest common denominator having been achieved in 2005 with the release of the Black Eyed Peas' Monkey Business, popular musicians have had to work extra hard in recent years to find new and inventive ways to be inane. They found great success in 2009, with artists as varied as Lady Gaga, Bruce ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    Listology: The American Heist Soundtracks Their Funerals

    ​ ​Of all the bands to emerge out of the Houston music puppy mill this year, none has been as steadfastly working class and punk rock as the American Heist. Rocks Off first spied the band opening up for Florida's Fake Problems in May. At the time they were still called Born Anchor, but a Seattle ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Hiding on the Backstreets: Remembering Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band In Houston

    Daniel KramerThe Boss at Toyota Center, April 2009​This past weekend's show in Buffalo, N.Y., was the last date on a nearly two-year (and two-album-supporting) trek by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, which found them criss-crossing the country and the globe several times to rapt audiences ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    Get Lit: Three More for That Already Groaning Springsteen Bookshelf

    Daniel KramerThe Big Man, the Boss and Mighty Max Weinberg at Toyota Center, April 2009​ Just as Bruce Springsteen winds down a frenzied period of back-to-back album and tour marathon - despite the death of Springsteen's cousin/assistant tour manager earlier this week in Kansas City, he and the E ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    9/9/09: Songs With a Certain Number in the Title

    ​As Hair Balls pointed out, we've only got three more of these weird number/same number/same number days left this century after today. Such chronological repetition appeals to the hidden obsessive-compulsive in all of us, so join us as we wash our hands nine times, lock the door nine times, and l ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Eyeballin: Bruce Springsteen: Road Trip - 40 Years of the Boss

    While its packaging and title are fairly misleading - the cover photo of Road Trip is a contemporary concert shot, and there's nothing here covering anything past 1984's Born in the USA, this nearly three-hour, 2-DVD documentary is still a worthwhile title for the hardcore Boss lover looking to ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Aftermath: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Toyota Center

    Bruce Springsteen missed the Great Depression - which no doubt bugs him every time he thinks about what a wealth of material those years provided for one of his idols, Woody Guthrie - but he seems determined to make up for it during these days of massive job-shedding, frozen credit an ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    Springsteen Tickets for 20 Bucks

    It's always nice to find something out from the daily, but when it involves Bruce Springsteen, Rocks Off is more than happy to poach, poach away. According to this item on the Chronicle's new entertainment/lifestyle website, - which debuted last week to nary a mention from its print parent ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    WrestleMania: The Slideshow!!!!!

    "Have you ever seen a one-legged dog making its way down the street? If you've ever seen a one-legged dog than you've seen me," Bruce Springsteen sings in the title song to The Wrestler.Well, we've never seen a one-legged dog, to be honest, but we could have seen Mickey Rourke if we went to last nig ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009
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    February 2, 2009

    Aftermath: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Super Bowl XLIII

    Part 1: "10th Avenue Freeze-Out" and "Born to Run" Score another one for the old folks. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's quarter-hour onstage at Super Bowl XLIII Sunday night may not have been the most contemporary booking the NFL could have landed - but, and we'll get to this in a minut ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    Album of the Week: Bruce Springsteen's Working on a Dream

    Bruce Springsteen is one prolific motherfucker. After all, he's produced one entire 4 CD box set (Tracks) of songs that he thought weren't good enough to be included on a regular album, and much of it still blew away anything in comparison. In that vein, we have Working on a Dream, coming little mor ... More >>

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    January 27, 2009

    Bruce Springsteen Confirms Second Houston Show in a Year

    Alejandro Escovedo with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band,"Always a Friend," Toyota Center, April 14, 2008 After last year's sold-out show that ended with both Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely duetting with the Boss, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are headed back to Houston for&n ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    New Tape Of A Young Springsteen Remembering His First Houston Gigs

    Someone has put up on YouTube the long audio interview he did with a very young Bruce Springsteen in Phoenix on March 24th, 1974 (Way before the 1978 Phoenix show that included the legendarily filmed "Rosalita").In part two of the six-part interview, Springsteen talks about the reception he's been g ... More >>

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    July 16, 2008
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    June 5, 2008

    More Houston Strippers Busted

    Bruce Springsteen said it’s hard to be a saint in the city, but dude didn’t know the half of it: It’s even harder being a stripper in Houston. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office arrested 18 boob-oriented entertainers during a May 29 raid at the St. James Cabaret, which is one of approxim ... More >>

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    April 15, 2008

    Last Night: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Toyota Center

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Toyota Center April 14, 2008 Better than: Getting your fortune told by Madam Marie on the Boardwalk – accurately Download: “Candy’s Room,” “She’s the One,” “Girls in Their Summer Clothes,” “Badlands,” “American Land” For two and a ... More >>

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    December 4, 2007
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    November 20, 2007

    Whither Springsteen?

    As posted on Houstoned Rocks literally moments ago, Live Nation announced today that Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will bring their Magic tour to Houston April 14, 2008. No venue is currently listed for Houston or the April 13 Dallas date, but the other dates on the tour are booked in basket ... More >>

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    October 18, 2007
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    August 24, 2007

    No Surrender: Bruce Springsteen Hates Radio Almost as Much as You Do

    Hey, all you people who complain about rock radio: You’re not alone. The latest to join the never-ending fray: Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen and the E Street band will release a new album, Magic, October 2; a tour is planned. As usually happens, it’s starting to leak onto the Net. “Radio No ... More >>

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    February 20, 2007

    Glory Days

    The Museum of Printing History's "Now Playing Houston: The Liberty Hall Poster Show" features reminders of a lost local treasure. Before it closed in '77, Liberty Hall hosted Big Mama Thornton, Lightnin' Hopkins, The Velvet Underground, The Ramones, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and ot ... More >>

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    February 23, 2006

    Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy

    The Brave and the Bold

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    June 17, 2004

    Beastie Boys

    To the 5 Boroughs (Capitol)

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    October 31, 2002
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    August 15, 2002

    Bruce Springsteen

    The Rising (Columbia)

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    April 27, 2000

    Listen In

    Clandestine -- Dave Nevling and the Blues Kats -- Tommy Dardar and the Sheetrockers

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    April 13, 2000
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