Slate's Jody Rosen on the Arcade Fire and "the indie-rock cult of Bruce Springsteen."

Springsteen was once an indie bĂȘte noire, but today everyone from the Killers to the great beer-soaked poets the Hold Steady are aping Springsteen's musical cadences and open-road romanticism.
One connection that Rosen walks up to the edge of but doesn't explicitly make: the onstage theatricality. Plenty of indie bands put on great shows, but few of them have that E Street-style rock 'n' roll choreography.