Posts Tagged ‘bruce springsteen’

The Show Report, 10/16: I wanna find one face that ain’t lookin’ through me, I wanna find one place, I wanna spit in the face of these…

October 16, 2009

bruce-springsteen-2Tonight brings a show your humble Show Report writer has been anticipating for a long time: An all-star cast of performers, including members of The Eric Weiler Band, The Bootheel, The BoogeyMen and more combine talents in a Bruce Springsteen tribute at Lindberg’s. Why, you ask? It’s National Boss’s Day, and how better to pay tribute to bosses than to pay tribute to “The Boss.” The night will start with a special treat: An all-acoustic set by Eric Weiler (of The Eric Weiler Band) and Todd Balisle (of The Bootheel) playing all of Springsteen’s 1982 album Nebraska. After that, it’s time to pump fists and shout choruses, and you can bet this word-typing goofball will be in on it at some point.

Lots more after the break, too. Get ready to barhop.


Album Review: Under the Yellow Moon, by John Henry & the Engine

May 23, 2009

John Henry & The EngineJohn Henry isn’t the first artist to draw considerable inspiration from Bruce Springsteen, but he’s the first artist we can think of–especially one who plays around Springfield regularly–to draw from the less anthemic parts of The Boss’s catalog. Right away “Lightning City Blues” kicks things off with the sparse, slightly eerie feel of a plugged-in Nebraska outtake. “Sweetness Wind” draws unavoidable parallels, too, in this case to songs from Darkness On the Edge of Town. The late-’50s-prom vibe of “Leave a Light On For Me” would be quite at home on The River. Henry has the young Springsteen’s breathy singing style and inflections down, too, complete with a hint of echo in the recording. Nice touch. 

What helps John Henry & The Engine differ most from Springsteen on Under the Yellow Moon is that, while both Henry and Springsteen want to evoke the feel of the rock ‘n’ roll songs of the late ’50s and early ’60s, Henry seems to show a stronger desire to stay faithful to the source material. While Springsteen made sweeping, dynamic rock only hinting at, or tangential to, the pre-pop rock ‘n’ roll that inspired him, Henry roots his work directly in a mixture of blues, doo-wop and flourishes of rockabilly. You may not pump your fist and shout the choruses, but that’s not really the goal. Much like his famous influence, Henry makes music to reach through the speakers and make you feel alive–with all the happiness, sadness and longing that often involves. As an album full of such music, Under the Yellow Moon carries a power of its own–one that doesn’t need a saxophone solo, thank you very much.

Happy Obama Day. Stop working and watch music vids.

January 20, 2009


For those of you who weren’t aware today was Inauguration Day:

1. Welcome back to Planet Earth.

2. You clearly don’t watch enough NBC/CBS/ABC/FOX/PBS/C-SPAN/CNN/FOX NEWS/CNBC/MSNBC

3. You missed one hell of a party. Not only did the weekend provide a collection of artists not seen on a single stage since Live Eight (Seriously, couldn’t they have found a long-gone superband to reunite for this event, too? Maybe Steve Perry returns to Journey for a very special “Don’t Stop Believin’?” On second thought, don’t let that happen. Ever.), but “entertainer” Aretha Franklin brought the soul on “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee” following Joe Biden’s swearing-in, and John Williams–composer of the film scores for Superman and the Indiana Jones series–wrote a song just for the occasion, played by a collection of some of the best symphonic performers in the world. In all, it was pretty epic… so we condensed the last few days and put the best musical stuff we could find from today and the weekend’s HBO-televised concert in one place after the break. So what if it’s not local. Who wants to sweat the details (or get work done, for that matter) on such a historic day, anyway?