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THE ACCOUSTIC SIDE OF BILLIE JOE

on July 03, 2011

Starting out as hardcore punks in California in the late ’80s, Green Day have grown into one of the biggest, most successful bands in the world, with Billie Joe Armstrong’s acoustic guitar an increasingly integral part of their sound.

In the early days, however, it was a tough, minimalist and angry sound that colored their gigs and recordings, culminating in their two cutthroat punk indie albums that would surprise any listeners that came to the band in the past few years.

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VALLEY STUDENT EARNS MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

on July 03, 2011


Berklee's focus is on contemporary music, so the children are learning, but through Linkin Park, Green Day, pop music, rock 'n roll, R & B and jazz.

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GOV. BROWN VISITS RUDY'S CAN'T FAIL CAFE

on July 02, 2011


And after last week's official opening of the second Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe, which is next door to Oakland's Fox Theater, Gov. Jerry Brown and Anne Gust Brown came to dinner. The two-hour visit to the new restaurant was proof that Brown hasn't forgotten his old job, and still wants to support the Uptown Oakland renaissance he promoted as mayor of Oakland. Read more

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LADY GAGA INTERVIEW

on July 01, 2011


Lady Gaga talks about being a Green Day fan and the first album she purchased, Dookie.

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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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