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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


    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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    July 01, 2011


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

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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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    June 29, 2011


    TyRain's audition song was Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," but he said his dismissal won't change his dreams. "This is something I wanted to do my whole life. I'm not discouraged, because this is what I'm supposed to be doing."

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    June 29, 2011


    It’s a button-pushing title for a debut disc, “Don’t Be a Dick,” from teen Oakland proto-punkers Emily’s Army. But what else would you expect from Joey Armstrong, the drumming son of original snot-nosed upstart Billie Joe Armstrong, who dubbed his breakthrough with Green Day “Dookie”? The songs — Chixdiggit-y power-chorders such as “Asslete,” “Statutory Brainrape” and “Broadcast This” — are playfully snarky, produced by Billie Joe and performed by Joey, 15; guitarist Travis Neumann, 16; and Becker brothers Max, 17, and Cole, 15, on bass and guitar, respectively. The band name honors the Beckers’ older cystic-fibrosis-diagnosed sister, Emily, for whom they started a fundraising organization, www.emilysarmy.com.

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    June 28, 2011


    Green Day’s rise from garage three-chord punk rockers to stadium-filling three-chord radio mainstays has been an unprecedented achievement. Formed way back in 1987 yet still, somehow, ‘down with the kids’, this forever-young three-piece have remained poster boys for several generations of rebellious stoner teenagers… and their moms.

    Live, Green Day instil the kind of wild, devil-horn wielding crowd behaviour only possible in an arena full of young adults. It’s all about who can start the furthest away moshpit...

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    June 28, 2011


    Rare interview with Green Day guitarist Jason White in the new issue of Fluke.

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