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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band 

When: Fri., Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. 2012
Bruce Springsteen is one of the few artists in pop history to make it four decades into a career without indulging in nostalgia—not nostalgia for the past, necessarily, but nostalgia for the musician he used to be. Even on his most recent album, Wrecking Ball (Columbia), you can hear his undiminished fascination with Woody Guthrie, the Crystals, and postwar teenage existence. His new material is more than just an addendum to an already revered catalog; it's a viable part of the canon. He's never retired, never tried his hand at writing a symphony, never really stopped being the Bruce Springsteen who people fell in love with in the first place. Recent reissues of his important early-career albums Darkness on the Edge of Town and Born to Run came with some extremely cool previously unreleased material, but it didn't seem like that big of a deal because Springsteen has never stopped playing those records—in 2003 he opened his set at U.S. Cellular Field with a version of the Darkness cut "Adam Raised a Cain" that was arguably even more searing than the 1978 original. As for his self-mythologizing, well, that's always been part of his appeal—I'm getting a little choked up just imagining seeing the memorial tribute to iconic E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons that's become a regular part of his sets. —Miles Raymer

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