The second leg of Springsteen's Magic tour brings the E Street crew back to St. Paul, still riding high on the album's resurrection of classic Jersey Shore thunder and brimstone. The former billowed up out of Magic's monster hooks and the rolling waves of Clarence Clemons's sax, Max Weinberg's drums, and Roy Bittan's piano. The latter flowed from Springsteen's anguished depiction of black magic rotting the national spirit in song after song on the album, an unsettling, adeptly nuanced portrait of a country adrift with lunatics at the helm. With the election season offering renewed promise for routing the bastards, the fall tour under his belt, and Patti Scialfa back for emotional and vocal support, count on Bruce and the boys to be even more fired up than they were in November.
Sun., March 16, 7:30 p.m., 2008