Clockwise from upper left: Bruce Springsteen, Joe Strummer during his time with The Pogues, Lydia Loveless, Devo Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Uneven But Vital, Bruce Springsteen Has 'High Hopes'

His 18th album is a mixed-bag assortment of covers and originals brimming with undimmed eagerness.

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Clockwise from upper left: St. Vincent, Bruce Springsteen, Damien Jurado, Maria Linden of I Break Horses Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Guatemalan author Eduardo Halfon's most recent book, The Polish Boxer, mesmerized us. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Springsteen's American Dream, Beautiful And Bleak

Ann Powers says her infatuation with The Boss grew into adult respect for the strivers in his songs.

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In a nearly hour-long address from the stage of the Austin Convention Center at South By Southwest, Bruce Springsteen spoke about his life as a musician and artists who influenced his career. Brian Birzer/SXSW hide caption

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The paint-splattered members of Venezuelan rock band La Vida Boheme won over NPR Music's team on the second day of the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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