Bruce Springsteen

The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

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The hosts we’ve all been waiting for finally returned to the SNL stage last night. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler debuted their new movie Sisters this weekend, which we’ve been highlighting all week, but the real fans flocked to the telly to see the women resume their rightful place on the “Weekend Update” throne, dish out sassy banter, and bring some bite back to series. See how it all went down last night, below.
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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s ‘SNL’ Promos Are The Funniest Things They’ve Done This Year

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Sorry, Sisters, but Tina Fey and Amy Poehler don’t shine their brightest in feature-length films. No, they shine brightest when being absurd in short bursts, which is exactly what is happening in their promos for this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live, which the duo is hosting along with musical guest Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. 
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HBO’s ‘The Ties That Bind’ Is a Disappointingly Flat Look at an Energetic Springsteen Album

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s 2010 The Promise was the kind of archival culling that music fans dream about; a double album of unreleased tracks and outtakes from the dramatic, endless, complex Darkness on the Edge of Town sessions. It was the rare box set of its kind that worked gorgeously as its own standalone album, worthy of being played on repeat, our ears cocked for subtleties and new meaning.
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Flavorwire Staffers on the Song Lyrics They Totally Didn’t Get as Kids

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Did you originally start listening to Eminem as a child because you were a glutton for chocolate, then only keep listening because you were also incidentally a glutton for punishment? Did you think “…Baby One More Time” was about a temperamental, flailing infant, that “Killing Me Softly” told the story of someone poisoned with Downy, or that “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was an ode to BO?
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5 Flannery O’Connor Quotes to Live By

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Flannery O’Connor, patron saint of short-story writers, is nearly synonymous with the Southern Gothic tradition. O’Connor was a woman of religious conviction and macabre imagination, and she left a long legacy. As another artist famous for imposing Catholic imagery on a distinctly American landscape, Bruce Springsteen, once said, “the short stories of Flannery O’Connor landed hard on me. You could feel within them the unknowability of God, the intangible mysteries of life that confounded her characters, and which I find by my side every day. They contained the dark Gothicness of my childhood and yet made me feel fortunate to sit at the center of this swirling black puzzle, stars reeling overhead, the earth barely beneath us.”

O’Connor, who died in 1964, would have been 90 today. To honor her, here are five of her best quotes on writing, faith, and the mysteries of life.
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“Because the Night” Belongs to Vivian: Links You Need to See

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Did you know Patti Smith’s “Because the Night” — arguably one of her most accessible pieces — actually began as a Bruce Springsteen song that he wrote and rejected? The A.V. Club, in their column “Hear This,” has this week set its focus on songs written by men that women interpreted better. Check it out for more on how Patti Smith vitalized, morphed and rewrote Springsteen’s sloppy seconds and made “Because the Night” one of the most memorable rock ballads of the 70s. 
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Why Music Fans Need to See Colin Hanks’ Tower Records Doc ‘All Things Must Pass’

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AUSTIN, TX: “Everybody in a record store is your friend for 20 minutes or so,” Bruce Springsteen announces in All Things Must Pass, Colin Hanks’ nerdy, nostalgic documentary about Tower Records, which premiered last week at SXSW after seven years in the making. As ex-Tower clerk Dave Grohl points out later, this is not necessarily true of most record store employees, who have a snobbish reputation. But Tower was different.
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