Happy Birthday, ‘Dookie’

On this day, a quarter century ago, Bay Area punk trio Green Day dropped their major-label debut Dookie on an unsuspecting generation like it wasn't even a thing. They didn't even care. They called it Dookie for crying out loud. Needless to say, this record ended up having notable influence on the next wave of musicians to follow. And this weekend 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley will be host to a celebration of the landmark record's 25th birthday. 15 bands Bay Area bands each covering one of the 15 songs off the seminal record. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8dh9gDzmz8 And yes, it has been [...]

By |February 1, 2019|Tags: |

Review + Photos: Green Day at the Oakland Coliseum

Green Day (photo: SarahJayn Kemp) Two years ago, I injured my knee screaming “Basket Case” at a karaoke party. The lingering injury is just one of countless ways Green Day has impacted me throughout the years; many of my most memorable elementary and middle school moments can be conjured by the opening notes of a Green Day song, and their music has threaded myself and my childhood friends together, even as we live our adult lives. I’m not going to lie to you and say that I grew up at 924 Gilman, or that I saw Green Day before they were [...]

By |August 7, 2017|Tags: |

Photos + Review: Green Day breathe life into Night 2 of Not So Silent Night

Green Day (photo: SarahJayn Kemp) The final night of Live 105’s Not So Silent Night was a packed event with supporting acts Day Wave, K. Flay, Phantogram, The Head and the Heart, and Bastille priming the audience for headlining band, Green Day. Though all opening bands played enthusiastic sets in which they managed to sound just as good as their albums, local boys Day Wave were the only real reminder as to why live music is everything. They didn’t sound like a recording — they sounded alive. Moody and melodramatic, their sound hearkens back to an era before autotune and family-band [...]

Review: UnderCover Presents’ Green Day’s “Dookie” at The Fox Theater

For those unfamiliar with the concept of Undercover Presents, you may get a little overwhelmed at one of their shows. Their thesis (I guess) is that music is a good thing. Music should be made, and people who make music are doing good things. This is embodied in the title of Lyz Luke's position: Executive Music Enabler. The idea that music is a good thing is a pretty huge umbrella, and the shows they put on take full advantage of it. So everyone at The Fox Theater on Friday for their tribute to Green Day's "Dookie" album got a vast, all-encompassing experience. [...]

Bay pays tribute to Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ at 924 Gilman benefit

Since 1989, Jesse Townley has played in numerous East Bay punk bands, such as Blatz, The Gr'ups, The Criminals, and The Frisk. The first time that Townley — known to many in the 924 Gilman Street scene as Jesse Luscious — and Blatz played in Southern California, at a pizza parlor, they were accompanied by their frequent tour mates Green Day. Townley, a longtime Gilman volunteer and fundraising committee member, has remained friends with Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool — despite the infamous dust-up between the collective punk club and the world-famous East Bay rock band. In [...]

A Wasteland I Like to Call My Home: Discovering Dookie a Decade Late

I was nine when I heard my first curse word in music. I had kept a mental catalogue of all the words my mom castigated my dad for saying in front of me as I was growing up, and had built a highly effective radar that caught any uses of said words in the world around me. Through my sister’s then new Sony headphones (the kind with the removable fuzz pads for the ears and the highly-bendable-but-easily-breakable headband) launched a slingshotting guitar riff that was to give way to the oncoming profanity, as my older sibling stared at me and [...]

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