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  • Butch Vig’s production credits read like the roll call at a meeting of platinum record recipients. He’s been the guiding force behind such albums as Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown, Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light––both Grammy winners––and Nirvana’s Nevermind, among many others. In 1994 he co-founded Garbage, a multiplatinum band that recently completed a European tour. Music Connection gets Vig’s take on a number of production issues in this exclusive Q&A.

    MC: With Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown, how did you begin to guide the band?

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    SXSW will screen the world premieres of two films about Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day as well as films about the racial mix in the 1960s Chicago blues world, Burning Man and the travels of Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz.

    In addition, the festival will screen two films that were well-received at the recently completed Sundance Film Festival, Dave Grohl's "Sound City" and Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet From Stardom."

    SXSW announced 109 of the feature films that will screen between March 8 and 16 in Austin as part of the 20th anniversary festival.

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    January 31, 2013

    It's like a fortress. That was my first impression as I approached JingleTown Recording Studio on this dead-end street in Oakland, California. A deceptively dilapidated building surrounded by high walls obscured by vegetation and overgrowth, and a security gate scarcely revealing the parking lot full of vintage cars and motorcycles, amid a working-class residential neighborhood, I was sure I was in the wrong place, or, at the very least, a big-ass rottweiler was coming around the corner eager to turn me into lunch.

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  • It seems like there might be quite a few metaphysical miles between farm country outside Bartlesville, Okla., and the perhaps less rarefied air of Jingletown, USA.

    But Kennedy Caughell has made the journey from one to the other, and she couldn't be happier with where she ended up.

    In the stage musical “American Idiot,” Jingletown is a kind of suburban wasteland where mind-numbing TV rules and three young males, Johnny, Will and Tunny, go in the direction of no direction, smoking cigarettes and drinking beers in a basement.

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  • Green Day: "99 Revolutions," from Tré (Reprise)
    Billie Joe Armstrong
    's public meltdown in September got more column inches than Uno, Dos and Tré combined. They deserved better, especially the rage, pop and sense of "99 Revolutions," written in the aftermath of Occupy Oakland. A week before he ran off the rails in Las Vegas, Armstrong finished Green Day's New York album-release gig at Irving Plaza with this incendiary device. It was the 40th song of the set, but he sang it with a face and voice alight with sustained fury and faith. I prefer to remember the end of his year this way.


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  • Tune-in to ESPN’s coverage of the Winter X Games from Aspen all weekend to catch Green Day as a featured artist. 

    That means you’ll hear "X Kid," "Troublemaker," "Stray Heart" and "99 Revolutions" all over the broadcasts.

    On top of that Mike and Tre will be in Aspen for a special screening and Q & A of  ¡Cuatro! tomorrow night at The Wheeler Opera House in Aspen.

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    January 23, 2013

    Vote Green Day Best Music Moment of the Year for their surprise set at Reading: HERE

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  • Ladies and Gentlemen, grab your air guitars and head on over to our beautiful Chrysler Hall on January 25th to see the hard-rockin' Green Day musical "American Idiot". The show will perform a 2-night stand ( 3 performances) in Norfolk and is sure to bring the house down. Who would've thought that the three dudes from the band "Green Day" would actually write a Broadway musical? I certainly didn't.

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  • '¡Cuatro!' goes behind the making of Green Day's last three albums. The film will screen Jan. 26 at Aspen, Colo.'s Wheeler Opera House as part of the X Games FILM showcase. Watch the trailer: HERE

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