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Editor’s Pick #271: Green Day’s Grammy Performance by 20watts

Punk-Rock idols Green Day will perform at the 52nd Grammy Awards

PREVIEW: LISTEN to Green Day performing “21 Guns” with the cast “American Idiot” on YouTube.

Hey did you know that The Grammy Awards are on TV this Sunday! Yeah, neither did I. It’s true that The Grammy Awards are getting further from relevance every year, but there’s at least one thing to look forward to this year. Green Day will perform with the cast of “American Idiot” the musical. Having a broadway show based on your incredibly popular, mainstream CD might not be “punk-rock,” but the musical has been getting rave reviews. Recently, the musical wrapped up a record breaking three month stint at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California, and on April 20th the show will make it’s Broadway debut at the the St. James Theater. So, be sure to check out Green Day and a performance by Eminem, Lil Wayne, Drake and Travis Barker. On second thought, The Grammy’s might not be too bad this year.

–Eric Hoffman, Managing Editor

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City Sounds 11/16: San Francisco by krkuchta

The Grateful Dead playing in San Francisco's Winterland Auditorium, 1971

Known for the “San Francisco Sound,” San Fran has had a steady music scene since at least the ’60s. With huge bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Journey forming there it’s been a hot spot for trends and great music. In addition to an interesting history of mashup DJs, ‘Frisco has also thrown its two cents into West Coast hardcore and punk music with pioneers such as The Dead Kennedys and Green Day.

Listen up and listen good. WERW and City Sounds are crossing the Golden Gate Bridge for one hell of a night on Monday, 11/16, from 11pm-1am. We’ll send you off into the wee hours of the morning with some of the great new artists coming out of the Bay Area and give you some of their great mashup artists during the second half of the show.

— Kyle Kuchta

Editor’s Pick #192: Our Band Could Be Your Life by 20watts
The Replacements

Bands like The Replacements (above), Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and The Minutemen are featured in Our Band Could Be Your Life

Will there ever be another era in independent music like the ’80s and early ’90s? I think not, and Michael Azerrad‘s Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 hopes to explain why. This book, published a decade later in 2001, attempts to explain and elaborate on the underground indie music scenes that defined the bands that today enjoy mainstream popularity.

Our Band Could Be Your Life focuses on thirteen disproportionately influential bands. None of them enjoyed any sort of mainstream success, but through constant touring, prolific recording, fanzine exposure and other methods of getting noticed, they all sired the bands that we today consider music gods (indie or mainstream).

Without Hüsker Dü, there could be no Pixies. Without Big Black, industrial rock wouldn’t be around. Without Black Flag, Green Day would probably have been a Cheap Trick cover band. Without The Replacements, The Decemberists literally wouldn’t exist. Without Sonic Youth and every other band mentioned in the book, Nirvana wouldn’t have changed the way we listen to music.

In The Replacements’ Let It Be‘s 33 1/3, Colin Meloy mentions listening to Let It Be incessantly to get over the self-consciousness over his extended sternum. Books like this one and the 33 1/3 series are both interesting and informative. Speaking from experience, having a working knowledge of a musical genre’s history adds a lot to any critique. We salute you, Mike Azerrad.

— Eric Vilas-Boas, Managing Editor

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Industry News: Tour Dates and Album Releases by tjwell01
Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

This is just as good a time as any to keep ya’ll up to date on upcoming records and nearby concerts before the semester comes to a close. Keep in mind, some of these albums were going to be reviewed in our print issue, but that’s the way it goes.

Ten upcoming albums to look out for  (in chronological order):

1) Tinted Windows (debut album)—April 21st

2) St. Vincent, Actor—May 5th

3) Green Day, 21st Century—May 15th

4) Iron and Wine, Around the Well—May 19th

5) Passion Pit, Manners—May 19th

6) Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus—May 25th

7) Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest—May 26th [Even though it leaked weeks ago]

8 ) Placebo, Battle for the Sun—June 8th

9) Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D.—June 9th

10) Tiny Masters of Today, Skeletons—June 16th

Nearby shows/Acts that would be worth the road trip (or quick car ride):

1) Margot & The Nuclear So-Sos—Buffalo, April 17th

2) Dave Brubeck—Buffalo, April 25th

3) Peter Bjorn and John—Toronto, Quebec, Montreal, April 25th-27th

4) Presidents of the United States—Syracuse, Aprl 22nd

5) Big Bad Voodoo Daddy—Verona, May 14th

AND…For those lucky bastards staying here in Syracuse for the summer:

6) Phantogram (w/ Flying Lotus, NAS and The Disco Biscuits)—Mariaville, July 16th

– Jett Wells, Co-Reviews Editor

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Green Day Plays Bowery Ballroom by kayzimbo
April 13, 2009, 11:41 am
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Wait, WHAT!!!??  I’m seriously just as confused as you are.  Not only is Green Day back in action, but they are releasing a new album titled “21st Century Breakdown” and will be playing at a 600-person, NYC club, in honor of the release.  The last time Green Day went on tour they could easily sell out 10,000 person stadiums all over the country.  Their last cd sold over twelve million copies, and I’m almost nervous to see how fast these tickets will sell out and how much stubhub will be selling them for.  As crazy as this sounds, even if I’ll be in the area, I’m not so sure how much I’ll be trying to get my foot in that door.  The screaming teenagers and industry execs who will flood the crowd do not sound like an appealing audience to me, but then again, what if they play “Time of Your Life”???  That would change everything.  Oh well – anyways, if you’re interested in going, the show is May 18 (three days after the cd release); let the mosh-pit ensue.

-Kyra Zeller