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Live Gig Video: Bruce Springsteen covers Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ in Dallas at March Madness Fest

By on Monday, 7th April 2014 at 4:00 pm

Last week we posted this awesome cover of a Kanye West song by London’s Glass Animals while they were recently in Sydney, Australia, performing for triplej radio. Unfortunately, like all things in life, not all covers are created equal.

Bruce Springsteen has taken to doing covers at his live shows as of late and well, he is the Boss, and he can do what he wants, yeah? He was in Dallas this past weekend to perform at the March Madness Fest in Dallas, Texas, and he caught everyone off guard by doing this reinterpretation of Van Halen’s ‘Jump’. Say what you want about Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth, but I think you’ll agree the original is the way to go after feeling the discomfort of this cover. I suppose he felt that since it was a basketball-themed event, he had to come up with a cover that was peripherally related to the sport? Cringe. Watch it below.



Video of the Moment #1399: Bruce Springsteen

By on Sunday, 1st December 2013 at 10:00 am

Bruce Springsteen has released a new visual for his version of ‘High Hopes’, the title track for a bits and bobs collection the Boss plans to release next year. Oddly, it’s a cover of a song by LA band Havalinas. Watch the lyric video below, and you’re welcome to have a listen to the original below too.




(Valentine’s Day Special!) Live Gig Video: Divine Fits cover Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Hungry Heart’ for triplej

By on Thursday, 14th February 2013 at 4:00 pm

As part of their ongoing Like a Version series, influential Australian radio station triplej just had supergroup Divine Fits come into the studio last week and do this live, pretty much acoustic (the drummer is playing a book, literally!) cover version of the Boss‘s ‘Hungry Heart’ on Tom and Alex’s breakfast show, with Spoon’s Britt Daniel taking over vocal duties. Watch the very cool performance from down under below.

Tom and Alex emceed the the triplej unearthed ARIA Week showcase at Oxford Art Factory back in November when I was in Sydney. (Read all about that here.)



The 2013 BRIT Awards – The Nominees

By on Friday, 11th January 2013 at 4:37 pm

Is there any point to the BRITs? Granted, it gives a certain demographic of London teenager the opportunity to sting Daddy for the eye-watering £70 ticket price, no doubt getting stuffed with half-term pizza and fructose syrup before spending three hours squealing loudly at microscopic effigies of their latest tabloid-endorsed musical crushes. But beyond that, does any vestige of musical credibility remain within the unhallowed, chart-obsessed recesses of the BRIT Award psyche?

A swift perusal of the nominations, released yesterday, would indicate: maybe, actually. The usual mega-selling suspects are there: Emeli Sandé, Mumford and Sons, Robbie Williams, Olly Murs. But look a little deeper and could there just be enough respect for the breakthrough, even the underground, so that beyond the face paint and lasers, there’s a bedrock of credibility?

Step forward Richard Hawley, the most unlikely of the entire nomination list, proving that the BRITs aren’t immune to a decent bit of ‘70s-throwback guitar action and heart-on-the-sleeve balladry from a bequiffed Yorkshireman. Plan B also deserves a shout for his unflinching portrayal of council estate life in ‘Ill Manors’, which still deserves to make more of an impact than it has.

Jessie Ware gathers two nods, a fine result for her this early in her career, single-handedly making 2011’s Critic’s Choice Award for her namesake Jessie J look ever more ridiculous. The more listeners turned on to her coolly urban soul, the better. Paloma Faith is also up for two gongs – British Female Solo is fair enough, but British Album of the Year for ‘Fall to Grace’, for a collection significantly worse than her début, is deeply suspect. British Group unoriginally throws up two previous Mercury Prize winners: unlikely media darlings alt-J, and minimalist electro-songsters the xx; Muse are nominated for the ninth (and tenth) time, with Mumford and One Direction predictably making up the numbers. A rum collection, if ever there was one, and despite the disparate yet singular talents of each, hardly a state-of-the-nation statement.

The British Single category is too depressing to analyse deeply. Suffice to say a more turgid collection of middle-of-the-road dross it’s difficult to conceive. Any list containing the execrable ‘Mama Do the Hump’ by Rizzle Kicks deserves to be encased in concrete and dropped into a very deep hole. Thankfully each of the British Breakthrough nominees have something to commend them, though surely Jake Bugg is the most extraordinary of the lot; his compellingly grizzled, world-weary, yet uplifting take on vintage blues in his debut album means he should have no problem in lifting the spotted statue next month.

Ironically, there’s far less to complain about the International (read: American) nominees. Perhaps it’s because we expect the USA to do bigness well, it’s difficult to complain about someone like Bruce Springsteen being nominated, although one wonders just how much pride of place a BRIT award would take on the dashboard of his pickup truck.

As always, it’s good to see producers, the guys behind the desk who really make the music, getting their opportunity to shine, although it seems somewhat unfair that Damon Albarn should be sharing their limelight – hasn’t he had enough of it by now? If the Albarn effect can be resisted, Paul Epworth should walk away with this one, although personally I prefer listening to his sister’s output to his. And what of Amy Winehouse and The Rolling Stones, both nominated, neither deservedly? Stop it, BRITs! Pick people who are more alive!

The 2013 BRITs take place on Wednesday the 20th of February at London’s O2 Arena. TGTF will be reporting, either from the event itself, or from somewhere else in London more interesting. Watch this space.

Who should win the British Brits, I reckon?

Male Solo: Richard Hawley
Female Solo: Jessie Ware
Breakthrough: Jake Bugg
Group: One Direction
Single: Alex Clare – ‘Too Close’
Album: Plan B – ‘Ill Manors’
Live: Coldplay
Producer: Paul Epworth

Full list of nominees after the jump.
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Video of the Moment #766: Bruce Springsteen

By on Sunday, 15th April 2012 at 10:00 am

As I think many of you know, we’re always busy promoting the little guy and not in the business of promoting megastars. Generally anyway. He’s a bit like marmite for me, but I know a lot of you love Bruce Springsteen, keynote music speaker at SXSW this year. Below is the performance-type video for ‘Death to My Hometown’. Enjoy it, if he rings your bells. I’ve also included his known appearances in the UK this summer, current as of today.


Thursday 21st June 2012 – Sunderland Stadium of Light
Friday 22nd June 2012 – Manchester Etihad Stadium
Sunday 24th June 2012 – Isle of Wight Festival
Saturday 14th July 2012 – Hard Rock Calling at London Hyde Park


Preview: SXSW 2012 – General Ticket Information and the Headliners

By on Wednesday, 29th February 2012 at 9:00 am

So you’re probably wondering why it’s taken me so long to write a preview of this year’s South by Southwest festival (now to be described as SXSW from this point forward), held annually in Austin, Texas. And yes, your faithful editor will be there to catch as much of the action as humanly possible (read: I’m putting my body to the test on this).

For your information, tickets to the music portion of SXSW from Tuesday the 13th all the way to Sunday the 18th of March are still available; music badges are now US$750 (approximately £472 at the time of this writing) and hotel rooms are going fast, so if you are still interested, I recommend you act quickly. Please note TGTF as a music Web site does not support ticket touting of any kind and I have been advised by the SXSW folks that wristbands for the gig portion only, which can only be bought by those with an Austin credit card billing address, are not transferable. So be prudent with your purchases to avoid getting ripped off.

I make it a point for our festival previews to include headlining acts, since these are the big names you will have heard of. It’s not a surprise that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be performing, since the Boss was announced previously as the keynote speaker to the music portion of the SXSW convention. Rather disappointingly if you’re a Boss fan, Bruce and co. are only performing a small show on Thursday 15 March and the only way in is through a ticket drawing open to those with badges and certain wristbands. If you are keen, the details on entering are here.

Far more interesting to me is the return of Keane – as a four-piece including former touring musician Jesse Quin – making their first appearances here in America in over 2 years, albeit in club-sized spaces. (I’m actually sick with worry that I won’t get in to see them.) Fiona Apple, who surely you remember her ‘Criminal’ and for having an the album title so long, everyone was mocking it and she got into the Guinness Book of World Records for it, is making her first live appearance in years at SXSW, at the intimate Central Presbyterian Church on Thursday 15 March (good luck getting into that one). The list of headliners for the massive outdoor Auditorium Shores Stage is a surprise: the Shins perform on Thursday night, ’90s hitmakers Counting Crows are on Friday and the Cult are on Saturday.

Keep it here on TGTF, as I’ll be posting more in-depth previews to SXSW 2012 in the coming days. Ooh, the excitement!


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