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MTV'S FASHION TRIBUTE TO JULY 4TH

on July 01, 2011


Sure, there's "pride" and "patriotism" but let's get serious for a minute: Being American means blue jeans. It means cowboy boots and dust in your hair and crazy shoulder pads and Lady Gaga shoes. Somewhere there are debt crises and manifest destinies and whatnot, but what really matters on the Fourth of July is optimism—putting on your sunglasses and venturing into the horizon like good Americans. While there are plenty of tunes about being an American, these are the ones that remind us that looking like an American can be weird and crazy but almost always cool. Like, Bruce Springsteen-cool. (No Fourth of July playlist is complete without The Boss and that is an undisputed fact and if you are even questioning our style-commitment to Bruce you should maybe have your passport revoked.)

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MIKE DIRNT SCISSOR COLLECTION?

on June 29, 2011


A new diner, partly owned by Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt, opened its doors earlier this month right next to Oakland’s iconic Fox Theater.

Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café, with its combination of hearty fare and punk rock style, is the brainchild of Piedmont resident Steve Mills, a commercial restaurant builder.

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SUMMER VACATION WITH EMILY'S ARMY

on June 29, 2011


It’s a button-pushing title for a debut disc, “Don’t Be a Dick,” from teen Oakland proto-punkers Emily’s Army. But what else would you expect from Joey Armstrong, the drumming son of original snot-nosed upstart Billie Joe Armstrong, who dubbed his breakthrough with Green Day “Dookie”? The songs — Chixdiggit-y power-chorders such as “Asslete,” “Statutory Brainrape” and “Broadcast This” — are playfully snarky, produced by Billie Joe and performed by Joey, 15; guitarist Travis Neumann, 16; and Becker brothers Max, 17, and Cole, 15, on bass and guitar, respectively. The band name honors the Beckers’ older cystic-fibrosis-diagnosed sister, Emily, for whom they started a fundraising organization, www.emilysarmy.com.

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MACHINE HEAD RECORD AT JINGLETOWN

on June 29, 2011


We caught up with Machine Head front man Robb Flynn last week at Green Day's Jingletown Studios, where he was putting the finishing touches on the Grammy-nominated Oakland group's upcoming seventh studio album, "Unto the Locust." There was just one problem. "We can't seem to write a damn song under six minutes," he said. Flynn wasn't kidding: The band's latest single, "Locust," clocks in at over eight. Machine Head, by some estimates the second-biggest heavy metal act in the Bay Area, plays the main stage at the Mayhem Festival at Shoreline Amphitheatre next Sunday.

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BOB MOULD AUTOBIOGRAPHY

on June 29, 2011


His guitar style — with chainsaw chords producing bright melodies — helped to define the postpunk sound, influencing everyone from the Pixies to Green Day to Nirvana. Kurt Cobain was a devout Hüsker fan.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,2080415,00.html#ixzz1QoQGm3kN

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