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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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