924 Gilman’s block party celebrates punk ethos

On the outside, 924 Gilman appears rather nondescript. It sits on the corner of 8th and Gilman streets in West Berkeley, and during the daytime, you might pass by it without a second glance. But on a weekend evening, the proliferation of leather-clad punks spilling out of the venue gives
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Bowling For Soup strikes back

Most people celebrate their 21st birthday by going completely wild — playing loud, rebellious music, hopping from bar to bar and drinking a ridiculous amount of beer. But Bowling for Soup has already spent the last two decades perfecting those skills. So in preparation for its Finally Legal Tour —
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‘American Idiot’ a decade later

A little more than 10 years ago, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool faced an unordinary obstacle. The trio, known as Green Day, was at a crossroads. Green Day’s follow-up album to Warning — Cigarettes and Valentines — was stolen from its studio. Faced with a decision to
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Tunesday: Wake Me Up When September Ends

It’s October, finally.  Well, last night, Berkeley chose one hell of an interesting way to wake us up when September ends.  Please, a little more subtle next time. September in general is a shitty month.  The original hit by Green Day was about Billy Joe Armstrong’s father having died when
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Berkeley immortalized through numerous cultural showcases

If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, then it could be argued that the greatest service that could be rendered to a city is for it to be interpreted through art. Although most might be familiar with the ways in which neighboring metropolis San Francisco has been captured through such means, Berkeley has left its own admirable legacy across a wide spectrum of artistic mediums.
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Bears’ boulevard of broken dreams

This was supposed to be my “Fire Jeff Tedford” column after Cal’s 27-17 loss dropped the squad to 1-4, the worst start in the Tedford era. But it isn’t. This was supposed to be my “Replace Zach Maynard with Zach Kline” column after Maynard threw incomplete passes on 19-of-28 attempts,
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Wake me up when September ends

Just this year, just this once, September should have 28 days. It would be so much more simple if Saturday was the first of October and not the 29th of September. Because September has not gone so well for the Cal football team. The Bears opened the season — and
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Green Day: ¡Uno!

Eight years ago, Green Day exploded from near-obscurity after their post-Dookie decline to rockstar superstardom following the release of the now Broadway-approved political epic American Idiot. Since then, and for most of their career, the East Bay natives have faced criticism for selling out their punk appeal to major-label record
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This Week in Arts

VISUAL ART Beginning next week, artists and art groups will fill public spaces in San Francisco’s Central Market neighborhood with their latest artwork, crafts, and performances as they collaborate in the 24 Days of Central Market Arts Festival. With special events and activities running through the entire few weeks concentrated
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