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Bruce Springsteen really likes Best Coast, Josh Ritter, Gaslight Anthem

on November 19, 2010, 11:40am

It seems like The Boss is everywhere lately, and while it may have something to do with that new, nostalgic mega box set he just put out, Bruce Springsteen’s recent comments on Sirius XM (via The Daily Swarm) lead us to believe that the 61-year-old rock ‘n’ roll legend feels pretty good about the future of music.

Asked which bands he sees as the torchbearers of good songwriting, Springsteen had some kind words to say about Best Coast, Josh Ritter, and fellow Jersey boys and former on-stage collaborators, The Gaslight Anthem. While picturing Wavves’ Nathan Williams getting all huffy about Bruce talking about his girl’s band, it was Springsteen’s comments on Brian Fallon & Co. that were most endearing.

“Oh, those guys are terrific,” said Springsteen, “[Fallon] just writes real, real well and has the intensity, and combination of fun and seriousness that make them a joy to watch.” He even went on to expound why he thinks bands like Gaslight and Against Me! Are important to the scene.

“There are bands that build communities…the nature of what they do is such that it gathers a community of people around them, and that’s something that always has resonance,” he explained, “I think that how well you serve that community of people determines your longevity and your position down the line.”

Good advice from a guy whose managed to remain relevant since our parents still wore size-32 Levis, and if we were in any of these bands, then we’d listen to The Boss on that one. Check out the interview clip below.

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