We've never really understood tribute bands. It's one thing for a band to play some covers, but to devote your entire musical career to aping one particular artistâespecially one that sucks like, say, Sublimeâseems the opposite of rock 'n' roll dreams come true, as Meatloaf might put it. In fact, the whole thing pretty much screams "LOSER!" With that in mind, the latest losers brought to us by the House of Blues at least have it in their hearts to impersonate one of our favorites, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. We're pretty sure we could accurately predict 90 percent of the Bruce in the USA setlist ahead of timeâwe're thinking fans of Nebraska will probably be a little pissedâbut the show should be a fist-pumpin' good time nonetheless. After all, these guys not only sound vaguely like Springsteen and Co., they look vaguely like them too! Just boo a few times so the band doesn't get too big for their britches; their extensive tour rider laughably refers to them as "artists" after all. Remember, boys and fake Patti Scialfa: Bruce is an artist, you guys just paint-by-number. Bruce in the USA plays 9 p.m. Friday at the House of Blues. Tickets are $13.50. Visit ticketmaster.com.
Fri., June 29, 9 p.m.