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New Found Power: 50 Albums That Defined 2004

on September 11, 2014

Ah, memories.

We've glanced at the albums that defined 1984. Then we checked in with 50 albums that characterized 1994.

Now it's 2004's turn!

It was a year that saw tragedy—and a sea change in mainstream rock and guitar-centric music.

In 2004, the landscape of mainstream rock was jarred once again by Green Day's American Idiot. An incredibly ambitious rock opera that touched on politics, depression and suburban ennui, it shifted millions of copies and re-established the trio as the American pop-punk band.

Having had the way paved by Green Day's unbelievable success, pop-punk, melodic

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6th Annual LITTLE KIDS ROCK BENEFIT in NYC

on September 10, 2014

The annual Little Kids Rock Benefit is the nation’s premier annual benefit event supporting music education in public schools, and has been Little Kids Rock’s largest fundraising event each year since 2009. That year, Clarence Clemons was honored for his devotion to helping Little Kids Rock build a world, via music, where children can lead rich, purposeful lives. Since then, millions of dollars have been raised, dozens of musical luminaries have come out to support, and hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren have received the transformational gift of music education.

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Longview: Looking back on the Green Day ‘riot’ at the Hatch Shell, 20 years ago today

on September 10, 2014

With the Replacements in town over the weekend for Boston Calling, there was some question of whether Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong would join the Minneapolis band on stage for a few songs. After all, Armstrong had done just that for previous ‘Mats reunion shows, including Coachella, and there was a certain anniversary on the horizon that would forever tie the Green Day frontman to our city: the 20th anniversary of the alleged “riot” at the Hatch Shell for a WFNX 101.7 FM “Welcome Back Weekend” student concert.

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Green Day's Mike Dirnt Walks For Breast Cancer Research

on September 10, 2014

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Santa Barbara took place over the weekend and one special walker was Mike Dirnt, bassist for the rock band Green Day.

Mike walked in support of his wife, Brittney Cade Dirnt, who was diagnosed with breast cancer this past April at the young age of 31. Mike and their family participated in the Avon Walk to show their support not only for Brittney, but for everyone currently fighting this disease.

“I was moved by the Avon Walk this weekend,” said Mike Dirnt, “My wife is currently battling this disease, so it was both inspiring and encouraging to speak with

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