Tag Archives: Bruce Springsteen

The War On Drugs – Thinking Of A Place (2017)

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If you think nine minutes of Yo La Tengo is long… check this. It’s been a long three years since their 2014 LP Lost in the Dream, but Philly rockers The War on Drugs have decided to return with 11 minutes of ‘Thinking Of A Place’. The expansive and psychedelic sounds are the first from a new work due later this year. Will the fourth album cement Adam Granduciel as the modern-day Springsteen?

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Marah – Round Eye Blues (2000)

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For a while there in the late 1990s, Marah were the heirs apparent to Bruce Springsteen. Formed by singer-guitarist brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko, the band developed a reputation for their Boss-like live shows. The release of their second album, Kids in Philly, cemented this reputation, and no more so than in their delivery of ‘Round Eye Blues’.

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Strand Of Oaks – Radio Kids (2016)

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Strand of Oaks is a project by Philly-based songwriter and producer Timothy Showalter. Previously an arbiter of folk rock, ‘Radio Kids’ sounds more like an arena-rock sing-your-guts-out anthem à la the E Street Band, or more recently, The Hold Steady. I like. Strand of Oaks’ new album Hard Love is out this week via Dead Oceans.

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The War On Drugs – Baby Missiles (2011)

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I saw The War On Drugs at the Brixton Academy this week. Oh my. ‘Red Eyes’, ‘Under The Pressure’, ‘An Ocean In Between The Waves’, ‘Eyes To The Wind’ – the set was unfathomably stellar. Frontman Adam Granduciel does a great job of tapping Mellencamp, Petty, Knopfler… They also played ‘Baby Missiles’ off their 2011 album Slave Ambient – you can add Springsteen to that list.

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Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built (2012)

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Japandroids‘ second album, Celebration Rock, is a call back to dirty garage rock. Like King Khan, this sound hails from Canada. ‘The House That Heaven Built’ is loud and fast: “Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh oh oh, oh!” Great fun.

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The Hold Steady – The Chillout Tent (2006)

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A rocker to get things up and running on a Monday. Oft dubbed an indie band, these New Yorkers have a Springsteen-inspired sound that critics go mad for. The public less so. Not one of the band’s most acclaimed songs, ‘Chillout Tent’ is buried (10th track) on the THS’s Boys and Girls in America. The sound is arguably blue collar, but the lyrics differ: a music festival in western Massachusetts, a chillout tent, oranges and cigarettes, and a boy and a girl in America. It’s a song I play a lot – it’s all that youthful escapism.

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