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Hear Justin Townes Earle's contribution to an all-star Springsteen tribute

There is a certain kind of Springsteen fan who loves the songs on his 30-million-selling Born in the U.S.A. but can’t stand the album’s highly polished, synthesizer-heavy sheen. That type of fan should be thrilled about the upcoming tribute compilation Dead Man’s Town, out Sept. 16, where a cast of roots-rock luminaries, including North Mississippi Allstars, Low, Nicole Atkins, Blitzen Trapper, Joe Pug, and Trampled by Turtles, offer a stripped-down song-by-song reimagining of Born in the U.S.A. that aims to replicate some of the powerful intimacy of its predecessor, 1982′s Nebraska.

Outlaw country scion Justin Townes Earle is involved, which shouldn’t be too surprising to anyone familiar with his habit of covering Springsteen songs and also of appearing pretty much anywhere rootsy, acoustic-based rock music is being made. For Dead Man’s Town, he gives a bare-bones rendition of “Glory Days” that peels back the original’s feel-good bar-band sound to highlight the small-town pathos at its core. We have the first listen here.

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Bruce Springsteen debuts short film for 'Hunter of Invisible Game'

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To mark the end of his latest massive world tour, Bruce Springsteen just posted a thank-you message to fans on his website, along with a short film based around “Hunter of Invisible Game” from his most recent album, High Hopes. The Boss not only stars in the 10-plus-minute clip but co-directed it along with frequent collaborator Thom Zimny, who’s been working on Springsteen documentaries for over a decade.

The short revolves around Springsteen playing a grizzled loner in what seems to be some sort of post-apocalyptic world that’s reverted to a pre-20th-century technological level—or at least that’s what all the crumbling ruins and horse riding seem to suggest. (Think The Road but gauzily dreamy rather than relentlessly horrifying.) The folk-soul song gets expanded to fit the visual format with an extended instrumental intro arranged for synthesizer, strings, and, uh, wind chimes.

For a first-time effort it’s not too bad. If he ever gets tired of making records (doubtful) he could probably pull off a post-catastrophe cowboy flick. “Hunter” is streaming now at his site.

Record Store Day 2014 Roundup: Reviews and samples of new stuff by Bruce Springsteen, Jack White, and the glorious return of Veruca Salt

Another Record Store Day is in the books, and based on preliminary statistics and the number of photos of crowded indie shops that popped up all over Instagram on Saturday, it appears to be bigger than ever.

This year’s crop of exclusive vinyl releases featured several big-time reissues or first vinyl appearances of classic albums, but there were also a handful of newly minted pieces of music unveiled via Saturday’s festivities. Bruce Springsteen released a four-song salvo, Jack White set a record with a record, and Veruca Salt announced their return via two new tracks. Check out the reviews of these new tunes from big-name artists below.

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HBO announces new Bruce Springsteen documentary 'High Hopes'

Attention Springsteen fans: HBO just announced a documentary on the making of the Boss’s 18th studio album, High Hopes.

Bruce will be reuniting with filmmaker Thom Zimny, who previously directed The Promise: The Making of ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ in 2010. The film will feature behind-the-scenes studio and rehearsal segments, exclusive E Street Band tour footage, and interviews with Springsteen and album collaborator Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. The two discuss their artistic choices for the project and explain how Morello brought a distinctive twist to Springsteen’s material. When High Hopes was released in January, it sold 99,000 copies in its first week, bumping it to No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

The film will run on HBO on Friday, April 4th at 9:30pm EST; read EW’s take on High Hopes here.

Bruce Springsteen, Vampire Weekend, Christina Aguilera, Arcade Fire, more headline New Orleans Jazz Fest 2014

New Orleans knows how to throw a good party. And the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival looks like it will be no exception.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Eric Clapton, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Santana, Phish, Public Enemy, and more will join New Orleans jazz and funk acts like Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Kermit Ruffins, the North Mississippi Allstars, and Allen Toussaint at the annual music extravaganza, which runs over two weekends, April 25-27 and May 1-4.

Other highlights include Robin Thicke, Robert Plant, Alabama Shakes, and Chaka Khan.  In a nod to the indie rock turn the annual event has taken in the past few years, Foster the People and The Head and The Heart have also joined the lineup.

Springsteen last played Jazz Fest in 2012 and Arcade Fire paid a visit to the fairgrounds in 2011. Check out the announcement video below and get the full daily lineup on the festival’s site here.

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Bruce Springsteen's new album 'High Hopes' making its debut on 'The Good Wife,' to stream at CBS.com -- EW chats with the show's creators

Plenty of artists are previewing their albums via iTunes, but Bruce Springsteen is about to become the first to unveil his new work at the law offices of Florrick & Agos.

Springsteen’s upcoming album High Hopes, set for release on Jan. 14, will be streaming in its entirety on CBS.com. The album will be available following this Sunday’s brand-new episode of The Good Wife, which will feature snippets of songs from the new album during the preview for the Jan. 12 episode, which will prominently feature three of the tracks from High Hopes: “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” “Hunter Of Invisible Game,” and “High Hopes.”

The stream of Springsteen’s High Hopes will be available on CBS.com/Springsteen through Monday night, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. ET — just in time for the album to go on sale to the public the following morning.

For The Good Wife creators and hardcore Springsteen fans Robert and Michelle King, this is the perfect arrangement. READ FULL STORY

Bon Jovi has year's top-grossing global tour

Bon Jovi not only has the year’s top tour, but the rock band has achieved a career high.

The New Jersey-based act’s worldwide tour grossed $259.5 million this year, topping Pollstar’s annual top 20 list and setting a record for the band itself.

Beyoncé is second with $188.6 million. She ended her tour last week in Brooklyn. Pink, Justin Bieber, and Bruce Springsteen round out the top five.

The global concert business scored a record year with the top 20 tours, earning $2.43 billion in primary ticket sales. It generated $1.96 billion last year.

The top 20 list also included Taylor Swift, Elton John, Rihanna, Depeche Mode and One Direction. The Rolling Stones’ comeback tour ranked twelfth, a notch under Paul McCartney.

Bruce Springsteen announces new album and single 'High Hopes' for January

While most artists of his age enter a fallow period brought on by the comforts of success or a lack of meaningful inspiration (or both), Bruce Springsteen just keeps getting up and going to work every day.

He just announced that his new album High Hopes will be out on January 14, and that the album’s first single of the same name is out right now. It will be Springsteen’s 18th studio album and his fifth in seven years—a remarkable accomplishment, especially considering he once went seven years without releasing much of anything.

The new album consists of a series of new tracks recorded with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who sat in with Springsteen and the E Street Band on a bunch of shows during the band’s tour for 2012′s Wrecking Ball. It also contains a bunch of tracks previously recorded for other projects but never before released, which is how late E Streeters Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons came to be on High Hopes. READ FULL STORY

Bruce Springsteen dedicates song to Trayvon Martin

Bruce Springsteen dedicated his protest song “American Skin (41 Shots)” to teenager Trayvon Martin during a concert in Limerick, Ireland.

In a video posted online, the 63-year-old singer told the crowd Tuesday: “We’ll send this as a letter back home for justice for Trayvon Martin,” after noticing a fan’s sign that read “American Skin (41 Shots).”

George Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Martin’s death. Zimmerman said he fired his gun in self-defense during a February 2012 confrontation with the 17-year-old in Sanford, Fla.
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Bruce Springsteen makes kid's life by inviting him onstage -- VIDEO

Happy Friday video: During a recent concert in Brisbane, Bruuuuuuuuuuce invited onstage a cute kid from the audience, wearing a Born in the U.S.A.-inspired getup, complete with a red cap in one of his back pockets to sing a few bars of “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day,” and join him for a patented knee slide. The whole thing was captured on video, so the boy’s g’day could be enjoyed by all. Watch and feel your heart grow three sizes: READ FULL STORY

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