Music for a Sunday: All hail King B!

Bruce Springsteen in Auckland, New Zealand, paying tribute to a young local talent who recently got famous. Maybe you’ve heard of her? Anyway, he takes her bouncy, breezy, teenage hip-hop send-up of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and strips away the steady electronic beat of the original, paring the instruments down to just an acoustic guitar and his own gravelly, syncopated voice, until what you get sounds like the old, old blues that the whole rock/hip-hop genre sprang from. And while it sounds more haunting than funny, I bet he winked at the audience, too…right at the end.

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