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Cheap Seats: My Experiences with Bootlegging by Gabriel Ricard

I was saddened to find recently that a monstrous, completely free, seemingly endless archive of Bruce Springsteen concerts had been taken off the internet. We won’t debate the morality of listening to concerts a person would be otherwise unable to enjoy. It was a resource available to those who wanted it, and it provided an extraordinary chronological history of one of the most enduring figures in rock history. At twenty-six years old, my options for experiencing shows from the 1975 tour are pretty slim. Any opportunity to experience these shows or others from Springsteen’s considerable career was a welcome one.

Music Review: Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band’s performance at the 2012 Grammy’s was a good plug for the group’s seventeenth studio album, Wrecking Ball, but it wasn’t great.  If you were to go on that performance alone, you might be inclined to think that Springsteen and the gang have finally settled, as they approach forty years since the release of 1973’s Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. That the days of crafting something as ferocious as Darkness on the Edge of Town or as solemn and devastating as Nebraska were behind them. 

Music Review: The Magnetic Fields

If you’re not on board with what The Magnetic Fields do by now their latest album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, isn’t likely to change your mind. Like their previous work, the new album is a collection of short songs (most clocking in at around 2 minutes) featuring varied instrumentation behind either the droning, melancholy vocals of lead songwriter Stephen Merritt or the pure, clear voice of Claudia Gonson, along with lyrics which seem to have been tossed off while Merritt pines away at the end of the bar over some new beautiful boy that has passed him by (or, even more devastating, given in to his advances).