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HISTORY IN THE MAKING: EMILY'S ARMY

on July 04, 2011


Emily’s Army is a teenaged punk band that first made headlines because the drummer, Joey Armstrong, is the son of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, but they have a lot to offer other than family connections. They play the kind of fast, loud, poppy punk rock that’s been making kids go nuts ever since the ‘70s and they have such a positive message—their debut album is called Buy Don’t Be a Dick, and they revel in raising awareness for Cystic Fibrosis research —that you can’t help but smile when you hear them. They’ve been touring up and down the West Coast (their home base is San Francisco), and they spoke to us about the appeal of punk, having fun, and being inspired by comedy

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COLLABORATION VIDEO

on July 03, 2011


Katie McPansy is working on her 6th Green Day collaboration video. Send your submissions now!

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BROADWAY TALKS AT 92ND ST. Y

on July 03, 2011


Billie Joe Armstrong and his American Idiot director Michael Mayer took part in a discussion with producer Jordan Roth at the 92nd Street Y Sept. 19, 2010 The event was part of the venue’s “Broadway Talks” series.

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15 AWESOME 'AMERICA' SONGS

on July 03, 2011


It's impossible to live in the 50 states and not know at schoolhouse classics like "The Star Spangled Banner" and "This Land Is Your Land" but those famous patriotic odes aren't the only way to give a musical shout-out to America. This Independence Day, we've hand-selected these 15 songs which talk about this big, great, complicated country of ours each in its own special way from the critical (Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A.") to the full on celebratory (Miley Cyrus's "Party In The U.S.A."). Happy 4th of July everyone!

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ROCK AND ROLL: AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?

on July 03, 2011

While this seems like an outrageous statement, statistics do back this claim somewhat. In the July 2, 2011 edition of the Chicago Tribune, reporter Robert Channick takes a close look at the state of Chicago radio. As he points out in "The Volume of Rock on Chicago Radio Is Quieter These Days," conglomerate Merlin Media recently purchased three bundled stations: WKQX (Q101), WLUP (The Loop), and New York's WXRP, all at a greatly reduced price. Rumor has it that the company may turn Q101 into an all-talk format, leaving only three all-rock stations standing: WLUP, WXRT, and WDRV (The Drive). Stations such as the all-oldies WLS may air some rock as part of their format, but are not classified as "rock" by Arbitron Ratings. Only WDRV remains in the top ten ratings; the rest are either talk, news, urban, or pop stations. Channick quotes Chicago radio veteran John Gehron (current consultant for Merlin Media) as saying that rock radio is struggling in several major markets: "It's not the dominant sound that it was in the '60s and '70s, when rock really was the sound of a generation," he explains. Is the state of Chicago rock radio symptomatic of rock in general?

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