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New Music Tuesday with Drew Tewksbury: Bruce Springsteen and Balkan Beat Box

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Bruce Springsteen (L) and Joe Walsh (R) perform onstage at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012, in L.A. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Music critic Drew Tewksbury reviews new releases from Bruce Springsteen and Balkan Beat Box.

Bruce Springsteen:

Bruce Springsteen proves he's still a working class hero with his new album "Wrecking Ball." He told Rolling Stone that "this is as direct a record as I ever made."

Springsteen's 17th album is full of ire towards Wall Street's "greed and corruption and a look into the devastation it has wrought." Bruce Springsteen at the 2012 Grammy Awards:

Balkan Beat Box:

Balkan Beat Box's Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat met in Brooklyn, New York as teenagers. They had trouble finding a musical genre that represented themselves, so they created their own. Styles of Mediterranean and Balkan traditions fuse with hip hop and dancehall beats.

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