Music: Along Pinball Way

It is a familiar mix—the gaunt but unmarked face and the insinuating nasal rasp. He slouches buzzing over his guitar, his voice dry as locusts. Then, without warning, Bruce Springsteen rears back and uncorks a geyser of white hot sound. Cataracts of electrically charged fragments of sound lacerate the air, scattering intimations of Dylan and colliding with the fierce rhythms of Springsteen's own wild fusion of rock, jazz and folk rock.

"The best thing anyone can do for me is not to mention Bob Dylan," said Springsteen last week at Gertie's in Dallas....

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