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  • Jeff Matika moved to Little Rock in 1991. "I kind of thought this was going to be a stepping stone," he said recently. "I'd come here for a couple of years and figure out where I wanted to go." He fell into the music scene, playing shows and hanging out at Vino's until he got a job there, which he kept for 10 years. He toured the country in beloved local bands like Ashtray Babyhead and the Magic Cropdusters, before settling down in the 2000s with an IT job. "I had decided, I'm going to play music forever," he said, "but as a casual thing." Then he got a call from Green Day.


    His old friend

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  • In an Indian shelter for abused girls, healing comes in the form of singing to Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."


    MANILA, Philippines – A group of young girls gather around guitarist Druv Visdanath as he strums to rock band Green Day's hit "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." It might not be the most melodious rendition there is, but it is one of the most heartrending covers.


    “Many of these children have been abused or have suffered trauma. Music helps to engage them, it helps them to relax,” his colleague Faith Gonsalves says.

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  • The cultural impact of The Simpsons is immeasurable, as you can tell from checking out Joey "Sideshow Joe" DeGroot's list on the number of bands that named songs (or themselves) after references to the animated classic. Celebrities of all stripes realize the kind of power that such a program packs so they'll readily appear as guest stars. The number of musical guests in the history of The Simpsons is huge, but we've whittled it down to nine of the best in honor of the current marathon of every episode currently happening on FXX.


    Green Day on The Simpsons Movie


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  • From Beck to Bush, the bubble-grunge, pop-punk, and trip-hop that made '94 classic by SPIN Staff In 1994, the distinction between "mainstream" and "alternative" evaporated. Green Day and the Offspring brought hook-heavy punk to the Billboard charts, middle-of-the-road acts such as Soul Asylum and Live helped calcify "alt-rock" into a blockbuster radio format, and Nirvana's fate as future classic-rock legends was sealed with Kurt Cobain's death. Beck rebranded "loser" as a badge of honor and Trent Reznor said he wanted to... well, you know.

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    August 26, 2014

    Billie Joe posted some photos of his guitar "Blue" on Instagram. Check 'em out: HERE

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  • In case you missed it Billie Joe performed with Jesse Malin on Thursday night at The Viper Room in Hollywood.

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  • Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue played a characteristically great set at Lollapalooza this past Sunday. One of the highlights for me — if you feel like playing Where’s Waldo, you can find me in about the 8th row wearing a red Wisconsin hat — was this long cover of Brain Stew by Green Day.

    Full article at The Big Lead: HERE

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  • Bay Area based engineer and producer Chris Dugan talks with the SoundWorks Collection about his road to Jingle Town Studios. We talk about his journey as a small studio owner to recording the grammy winning Green Day album American Idiot.

    Chris also talks about an unreleased Green Day holiday album and his perspective on recording albums with different size budgets.

    Listen to the interview at SoundWorks Collection: HERE

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  • Enter for a chance to win a copy of Kerrang! magazine's Green Day issue featuring a CD of American Idiot covers! Bands covering Green Day include: 5 Seconds of Summer, Bowling for Soup, The Swellers, You Met At Six and more!

    Enter for a chance to win at Idiot Nation: HERE

     

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    August 03, 2014

    Ever since Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong bought his first Les Paul junior back in 2000, he's been hooked. Since then he's rarely seen on stage without one. Throughout the past decade, Billie Joe has played various Les Paul Jr's, a Les Paul Special, an SG, and his acoustic signature Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong J-180. Armstrong has even gone so far as to play old Green Day songs, that were originally recorded on other types of guitars, on his LP Jr. So let’s take a look at Billie Joe live on stage with his many Gibson guitars!

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    “The first time I ever picked up a Les Paul Junior,

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