Music on TV This Week: Bruce Springsteen

It's rare when a music documentary can capture the raw poetry a music fan experiences with their favorite album, and The Promise: The Making of 'Darkness on the Edge of Town attempts gallantly to do just that for Bruce Springsteen's 1978 classic. HBO airs the film Thursday, only three weeks after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, with the Boss himself in tow to promote.

In 1976, Springsteen was both at the height of talents and on a forced sabbatical thanks to a lawsuit with his former manager. On the heels of the breakout success of Born to Run, the band found themselves locked out of recording for two years, so Springsteen and the E Street Band rehearsed and worked out nearly 70 songs before whittling it down to the 10 that make up Darkness on the Edge of Town (two of the songs cut, "Fire" and "Because the Night", ended up becoming big hits for The Pointer Sisters and Patti Smith).

The Promise, the title itself a song that didn't make the cut, culls handheld camera footage from the studio, interwoven with interviews with current day Bruce Springsteen, (Little) Steven Van Zandt, Max Weinberg (ex-Team Coco) and more. "More than being rich or famous or happy, I wanted to be great," says Springsteen at one point, reminiscing about the album's process. Springsteen is one of the rare artists who managed to achieve it all in time, and while at the film's conclusion, we were left wanting more, there's an expanded reissue on the way that will serve that very purpose.

Meanwhile, Minnesota supergroup Gayngs is easy listening with a not-so-easy twist. Made up of a rotation of members from Bon Iver, Megafaun, The Rosebuds and more, Gayngs started out as an appreciation of Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen but has turned into something much more than just some tongue-in-cheek gimmick, impressing fan after fan on their current tour. The 10-piece ensemble will pack on to the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon stage on Monday, and if we're lucky, they might placate us with a cover of Alan Parsons Project's "Eye in the Sky," as shown below:

Playlist: Picks for the week

Monday, October 4

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: will.i.am with Nicki Minaj

CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Rosanne Cash

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Cast of "Rock of Ages"

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Gayngs

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Janelle Monae (REPEAT)

Tuesday, October 5

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Phoenix (REPEAT)

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Mavis Staples with Jeff Tweedy

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Sick of it All (REPEAT)

IFC: 360 Sessions: The Hours

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: K.T. Tunstall

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Jimmy Eat World

Wednesday, October 6

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Band of Horses (REPEAT)

BET: 106 & Park: The Celebration, 10 Years Live: Ne-Yo, Nelly

COMEDY CENTRAL: The Colbert Report: Mavis Staples with Jeff Tweedy

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Devendra Banhart (REPEAT)

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Fistful of Mercy

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Weezer

PBS: Michael Feinstein's American Songbook: Michael Feinstein, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole

SYNDICATION: The Ellen DeGeneres Show: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

Thursday, October 7

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Primus (REPEAT)

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Gorillaz

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Suffocation

HBO: The Promise: The Making of 'Darkness at the Edge of Town': Bruce Springsteen

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Meat Loaf

NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Pete Yorn

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Tift Merritt, Matt & Kim

Friday, October 8

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Maroon 5 (REPEAT)

CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Antony & the Johnsons

FUEL: The Daily Habit: Chiddy Bang

NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: OneRepublic

NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Kate Nash

Saturday, October 9

NBC: Saturday Night Live: Bruno Mars

PBS: Austin City Limits: Spoon

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