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    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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    Billie Joe Armstrong and his American Idiot director Michael Mayer took part in a discussion with producer Jordan Roth at the 92nd Street Y Sept. 19, 2010 The event was part of the venue’s “Broadway Talks” series.

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    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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    July 03, 2011


    Katie McPansy is working on her 6th Green Day collaboration video. Send your submissions now!

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    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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    July 01, 2011


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

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    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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    June 29, 2011


    We caught up with Machine Head front man Robb Flynn last week at Green Day's Jingletown Studios, where he was putting the finishing touches on the Grammy-nominated Oakland group's upcoming seventh studio album, "Unto the Locust." There was just one problem. "We can't seem to write a damn song under six minutes," he said. Flynn wasn't kidding: The band's latest single, "Locust," clocks in at over eight. Machine Head, by some estimates the second-biggest heavy metal act in the Bay Area, plays the main stage at the Mayhem Festival at Shoreline Amphitheatre next Sunday.

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    June 29, 2011


    His guitar style — with chainsaw chords producing bright melodies — helped to define the postpunk sound, influencing everyone from the Pixies to Green Day to Nirvana. Kurt Cobain was a devout Hüsker fan.

    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,2080415,00.html#ixzz1QoQGm3kN

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    June 29, 2011


    A new diner, partly owned by Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt, opened its doors earlier this month right next to Oakland’s iconic Fox Theater.

    Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café, with its combination of hearty fare and punk rock style, is the brainchild of Piedmont resident Steve Mills, a commercial restaurant builder.

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