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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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