The tough, rumbling rock 'n' roll of New Jersey's the Gaslight Anthem may have some punk roots that contribute to the quartet's rolling, thunderous drive. But the New Brunswick outfit can't deny that it was born to run on the same greasy fumes as that kid from over in Freehold. So the Springsteenisms are rife throughout TGA's catalogue, including the about-to-be-released Handwritten, the band's major-label debut. Just like Bruce, they're products of blue-collar central-Jersey environs (albeit a generation apart), with similar affinities for roots rock, Motown, R&B, and that sort of Mitch Ryder school of taut, wiry rock 'n' roll. Handwritten was recorded in Nashville with producer Brendan O'Brien, who previously worked with the likes of Springsteen and Pearl Jam. The intensity doesn't wane throughout, delivering the kind of stuff you want blasting out of a '55 Chevy dashboard when you go racing in the streets. Dave Hause of the Loved Ones opens.
Wed., July 11, 8 p.m., 2012