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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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    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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    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'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

    Starting out as hardcore punks in California in the late ’80s, Green Day have grown into one of the biggest, most successful bands in the world, with Billie Joe Armstrong’s acoustic guitar an increasingly integral part of their sound.

    In the early days, however, it was a tough, minimalist and angry sound that colored their gigs and recordings, culminating in their two cutthroat punk indie albums that would surprise any listeners that came to the band in the past few years.

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    July 03, 2011


    Berklee's focus is on contemporary music, so the children are learning, but through Linkin Park, Green Day, pop music, rock 'n roll, R & B and jazz.

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    July 03, 2011


    It's impossible to live in the 50 states and not know at schoolhouse classics like "The Star Spangled Banner" and "This Land Is Your Land" but those famous patriotic odes aren't the only way to give a musical shout-out to America. This Independence Day, we've hand-selected these 15 songs which talk about this big, great, complicated country of ours each in its own special way from the critical (Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A.") to the full on celebratory (Miley Cyrus's "Party In The U.S.A."). Happy 4th of July everyone!

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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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