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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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EMILY'S ARMY RETURN TO SAN FRANCISCO

on July 03, 2011


Billie Joe's son, Joey Armstrong, and his band Emily's Army finished the first leg of their west coast tour Thursday in San Francisco. Check out the photos here!

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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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