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  • Local rock star Billie Joe Armstrong is the lead singer-songwriter-guitarist of five-time Grammy Award-and two-time Tony Award-winning punk band GREEN DAY, one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time. After releasing successful albums Dookie, InsomniacNimrod, and Warning, Green Day conquered Broadway with the musical version of their rock opera album American Idiot. Fleshing out his diverse resume, Armstrong makes a favorable impression as a featured player in the new independent film Like Sunday, Like Rain.

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  • About StokesMe
    StokesMe September is the official fundraising effort for the SIMA Humanitarian Fund. This year, StokesMe supports 12 surf-related humanitarian organizations dedicated to improving the life, health, and/or welfare of people. The 2014 SIMA Humanitarian Fund beneficiaries are: AccesSurf, Best Day Foundation, Boarding for Breast Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, Life Rolls On, Mauli Ola Foundation, Outdoor Outreach, STOKED, SurfAid, Surfers Healing, and Waves for Water.

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  • Green Day’s American Idiot 10 Years On! The Amazing Untold Story…

    American Idiot didn’t just define a decade, it saved a punk rock institution. Through the eyes of its key players, Kerrang! find out how… PLUS! The 50 greatest albums of the noughties: All Time Low, 30 Seconds To Mars, Linkin Park and more speak! Foo Fighters take over the UK, Pierce The Veil‘s Vic Fuentes and Sleeping With Sirens‘ Kellin Quinn go head-to-head before their world tour hits the UK, K!

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  • More at KERRANG!: HERE

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  • Ah, memories.

    We've glanced at the albums that defined 1984. Then we checked in with 50 albums that characterized 1994.

    Now it's 2004's turn!

    It was a year that saw tragedy—and a sea change in mainstream rock and guitar-centric music.

    In 2004, the landscape of mainstream rock was jarred once again by Green Day's American Idiot. An incredibly ambitious rock opera that touched on politics, depression and suburban ennui, it shifted millions of copies and re-established the trio as the American pop-punk band.

    Having had the way paved by Green Day's unbelievable success, pop-punk, melodic

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  • With the Replacements in town over the weekend for Boston Calling, there was some question of whether Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong would join the Minneapolis band on stage for a few songs. After all, Armstrong had done just that for previous ‘Mats reunion shows, including Coachella, and there was a certain anniversary on the horizon that would forever tie the Green Day frontman to our city: the 20th anniversary of the alleged “riot” at the Hatch Shell for a WFNX 101.7 FM “Welcome Back Weekend” student concert.

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  • The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Santa Barbara took place over the weekend and one special walker was Mike Dirnt, bassist for the rock band Green Day.

    Mike walked in support of his wife, Brittney Cade Dirnt, who was diagnosed with breast cancer this past April at the young age of 31. Mike and their family participated in the Avon Walk to show their support not only for Brittney, but for everyone currently fighting this disease.

    “I was moved by the Avon Walk this weekend,” said Mike Dirnt, “My wife is currently battling this disease, so it was both inspiring and encouraging to speak with

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  • Quick: Close your eyes and picture the coolest group of people imaginable. If an image of ‘90s-era record-store employees popped into your head, then you’ve probably seen Empire Records one or two dozen times. The teen comedy, about a group of youthful workers trying to save their record store from a corporate takeover, bombed on its release in 1995. Nonetheless, the movie – which counted Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger, and Ethan Embry among its stars – developed a loyal following on home video, and produced a classic soundtrack. Over at Buzzfeed, Anne Helen Peterson has written up a history of

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  • Fans of the hit Green Day musical American Idiot will be happy to hear that after the national tour closed in May, plans were put into motion to bring the rock show to the college level-apropos to its age demographic and subject matter. Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, known for its dedication to pop/rock voice training will be the first school to premiere the work on the non-professional level. According to Musical Theatre International's website, it is currently the only licensed production of the show.

    Musical Theatre Program Coordinator Jonathan Flom has been working with

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  • The 4th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), scheduled for November 12-16, 2014, announced its Narrative and Documentary feature film competition lineups as well as Jury members. The 2014 Festival will screen 22 feature films in competition. The full film program line-up, including out-of-competition special presentations, sneak previews of awards season contenders, and narrative, documentary and animated shorts, will be announced in September.

    “Our thoughts are with everyone in the Napa Valley who have suffered losses from the recent earthquake,” said Co-Founder/Artistic Director Marc

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