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Concert Review: Bruce Springsteen At Mohegan Sun

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Bruce Springsteen performed at Mohegan Sun Arena on May 17. (Nick Caito Photo.)

Bruce Springsteen performed at Mohegan Sun Arena on May 17. (Nick Caito Photo.)

“You do this every night?” a winded Steven Van Zandt asked Bruce Springsteen, only five songs deep into the E Street Band’s three-hour concert at Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night.

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Upcoming Concerts: Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss

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Bruce Springsteen will perform at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on May 17-18. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images.)

Bruce Springsteen will perform at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on May 17-18. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images.)

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced 15 new tour dates this week, including two shows at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on May 17-18. Continue reading

Connecticut Music Fans: The Hartford Courant Needs You!

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Led Zeppelin in Chicago, 1975. (Wikimedia Commons.)

Led Zeppelin in Chicago, 1975. (Wikimedia Commons.)

Did you see Elvis Presley at the Hartford Civic Center in 1976? Did you skip Woodstock to catch Led Zeppelin at the Oakdale in 1969? Catch Pink Floyd in Waterbury in ’73 on the Dark Side of the Moon Tour? Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk Tour in New Haven in 1979?

Well, I want to hear from you.

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Searching For Authenticity At SXSW

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Blitzen Trapper performs Big Star's "Feel" with members of R.E.M., including Peter Buck, second from left. (Photo by Eric R. Danton)

AUSTIN, Texas — With some 2,000 acts performing just about every style of music imaginable, South by Southwest can be whatever kind of festival you want.

This year I wanted authenticity.

Authenticity in music a thorny concept, however, in that what’s real and what’s authentic are often two different things. No less an authority than Bruce Springsteen dismissed the idea altogether during his SXSW keynote speech on March 15.

“We live in a post-authentic world,” Springsteen said. “Today, authenticity is a house of mirrors. It’s all just what you’re bringing when the lights go down.”

That is authenticity, though. Springsteen has long-since transcended his blue-collar roots, as his detractors love pointing out every time that fatcat Jersey millionaire writes a song sympathetic to the working class. But they’re missing the point: Even if Springsteen no longer has much in common with the characters he sings about, there’s no doubting the emotional authenticity of his songs, nor the conviction with which he performs them.

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Bruce Springsteen Shares Stage With Parade Of Guests At SXSW Show

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Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt perform Thursday, March 15, at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas — Talk about versatility: Bruce Springsteen can make a stadium show feel as intimate as a house concert, and he can make an intimate theater show feel as huge and epic as a stadium.

He did the latter Thursday night at South by Southwest, giving a Springsteen-length performance packed with special guests in the snug (for him) Moody Theatre, home of “Austin City Limits.”

And what guests. Springsteen was joined on stage variously by reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, Animals leader Eric Burdon, guitarist Tom Morello, Rhode Island band the Low Anthem, Texas favorites Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely, and members of the Arcade Fire.

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Bruce Springsteen Describes His Artistic Evolution In SXSW Keynote Speech

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Bruce Springsteen gave the keynote address Thursday, March 15, at the 2012 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival.

AUSTIN, Texas — Bruce Springsteen closed his keynote address Thursday at South by Southwest with some advice for the hordes of musicians preparing for gigs later in the day.

“Stay hard, stay hungry and stay alive, and when you walk on stage tonight to bring the noise, treat it like it’s all we have,” he said. “Then remember: it’s only rock ‘n’ roll.”

Springsteen spoke at length about the changing nature of popular music, and the ways in which he has developed as an artist dating back to when he got his first guitar, at the age of 6, a week after seeing Elvis Presley on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

He was funny, occasionally profane and sometimes even profound as he surveyed the pop-music landscape. With so many sounds and styles — he reeled off an extensive list of genre titles — he questioned the very concept of summing it up as a keynote, singular.

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