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5 Seconds Of Summer Cover Green Day’s “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 14, 2014

5 Seconds Of Summer recently covered Green Day’s “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams.” Check out the cover below after the jump.

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Green Day Stream “State Of Shock” From ‘Demolicious”

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 14, 2014

Green Day have released “State Of Shock” from Record Store Day’s Demolicious. Stream the song below after the jump.

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Foxboro Hot Tubs (Green Day) Announce SXSW Shows

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 5, 2014

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Foxboro Hot Tubs, Green Day side-project, will be playing two SXSW shows in a few weeks. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Green Day, MCR, Tegan And Sara, Mastodon RSD14 Details

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 4, 2014

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Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Tegan And Sara, and Mastodon all have releases coming out on Record Store Day this April. Check out tons of details about each release below after the jump.

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Green Day Announce 18 Song ‘Demolicious’ Release

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 25, 2014

Green Day will be releasing Demolicious, an 18-song demo collection, on Record Store Day. Check out the artwork below after the jump.

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Record Store Day: Paramore, Death Cab For Cutie, Green Day, Nirvana

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 24, 2014

The list of Record Store Day 2014 releases is quickly growing. Information is coming out that Paramore, Death Cab For Cutie, Green Day, and Nirvana, among many more, are now set for releases. Check out listings from Wax Poetic below after the jump.

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Second To Last Cover Green Day’s “She”

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 18, 2014

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Second To Last recently covered Green Day's “She” at a house show. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ Turns 20

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 1, 2014

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Green Day's Dookie, one of the most important punk albums of all time, is officially twenty years old. Stream the album below in celebration and let us know your favorite memories of the record!

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POZ Discussion: Albums That Deserve 10 Year Tours In 2014

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 22, 2014

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Our music scene is going through an interesting cycle in the present day. There have been a large influx of young bands that have provided great excitement and passion for us all in the last few years, but we’re also entering a time where the influences of those bands are celebrating major anniversaries for their most loved albums. Bands like Say Anything, Jimmy Eat World, and Midtown, among many others, have seen ten year anniversaries come and go. We all expect there to be more than a few great ten year tours in 2014, but PropertyOfZack team members put together a list of a few more albums that we want more than anything to see toured in full in 2014. Check out the full Discussion and feel free to reblog with any albums you think need to be championed as underrated masterpieces too!

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Say Anything - Is A Real Boy
I hate being “that guy” that holds allegiance to a band or artist’s very first record and finds little-to-nothing in subsequent records to grab onto, but if we’re being honest, there are TONS of “those guys” out there, enough to make commemoration tours of seminal records a rousing success and continuing trend. When I realized a few years ago that anniversary tours were going to start becoming relevant to my (very old) self, one of the first ones I mentally put on my future years calendar was the potential tour for “Is a Real Boy” here in 2014. While I’m not sure if anything will ever feel as triumphant or cathartic as seeing SA tour on that record in tiny rooms right after it came out (“what say you and all your friends step up to my friends in the alley tonight?” might as well be a call to war), the record is one of the most musical and theatrical that our scene ever adopted, and listening to it in its entirety feels like a crazy anecdotal journey through the amusement park of someone’s brain. And even though I personally feel that SA hasn’t been able to capture lightening in a bottle like that since, the band has been around for a long time, fine tuning their craft, touring with frequency, and seems to have a lot of respect for what they used to write and where they came from - the most recent example being the rarities and B-sides tour they did last summer. If they pull off a 10-year tour for Is a Real Boy, I will be more than thrilled to see how Bemis and his gang herald and revere the record that put them on the map, and is one of the most brave, artistically interesting releases to have come out in independent music in the last ten years.  - Adrienne Fisher

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Jimmy Eat World - Futures
Jimmy Eat World is lucky enough to have two to three generations of fans; that’s just part of what happens when you release an incredible record followed by an incredible record followed by another incredible record. Many fans were lucky enough to witness a ten year tour for Clarity in 2009, but the band decided to not do another for Bleed American several years ago. Why would they for Futures? That album feels different to many, I think. You could look at it is the “younger generation” Jimmy Eat World fan’s Clarity. And it looks like the band recognizes it too.

Jimmy Eat World has apparently also been practicing some extra songs off of Futures lately, because they played one for the first time ever at a holiday show in New Jersey in December. There have been hints of a reissuing for the album on vinyl too, to mark its ten year anniversary. All the stars are close to aligning. Hook it up, Jimmy Eat World. - Zack Zarrillo

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Midtown - Forget What You Know
Of the dozens and dozens of bands from last decade that have recently appeared on the reunion circuit, the one from my own personal roster of favorites that’s been most glaringly missing is Midtown. For those with a self-proclaimed bleeding Drive-Thru heart like my own, the disappearance of Midtown from active duty in 2005 was 
a pretty unexpected blow, especially considering the then-recent release of their major label debut, Forget What You Know. It was a record that, at the time, felt like a weird outgrowing of pop-punk despite how the album prior had been even popper and prettier than the first one.

And the lyrical content of FWYK strayed even further from the expectations, presenting philosophical takes on existentialism and disillusionment that perhaps a bubblegum crowd of wide-eyed teenagers wasn’t quite ready to “get.” Given the timeline, Midtown had only less than a year of touring under their belt for the record before they dissolved, and now it’s been 10 years since the moody, almost modern-rock record fell into the laps of fans. Which means that we’ve had plenty of time to absorb and understand the mature undertones that made Forget What You Know so excellent, but mostly it means that we’ve been crying for almost a decade now for Gabe Saporta to step down from the disco dance floor of Cobra Starship and pick up his bass again, preferably in a New Jersey firehouse somewhere, with the rest of the band. Although I have little-to-no hope that a Midtown reunion anything will ever happen (especially not on the heels of something so obvious as a ten-year milestone), it never hurts to put the reminder out, every once in a while, that we the fans are still out here. - Adrienne Fisher 

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Why Can’t Bands With Unlimited Resources Make Good Albums?

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 12, 2013

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It’s disheartening to love a band who reach mainstream success and are no longer, for some reason, able to release good or great quality music. It just seems to happen sometimes. Whether it’s recent Weezer releases, Green Day’s triple release last year, or any number of others, it seems to be a syndrome some bands just can’t shake. Noisey have published an article called The Weezer Paradox that takes a look at that very syndrome. Read a part of the piece below after the jump.

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The Weekender: Ian Watkins Pleads Guilty To Child Sex Offenses, Black Flag Fail To Carry The Torch With Honor

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 1, 2013

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Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we’ll be bringing you some of biggest and most interesting stories of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.

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Ian Watkins Pleads Guilty To Child Sex Offenses

Ian Watkins, nearly a year ago, “furiously denied” reports and charges of extreme child sex offenses. This week, Watkins pled guilty to the heinous actions and shocked much of the music industry that surrounded Lostprophets for the past ten or more years.

If you have the stomach, you can read horrifying details of the offenses here and read a statement from Lostprophets on the verdict here.

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Black Flag Fire Frontman Ron Reyes Mid-Show

You would imagine that the reputation of one of the most influential and meaningful bands in the punk/hardcore world for over thirty years would remain strong through almost anything. However, the current iteration of Black Flag has managed to make a laughing stock out of their name and honored history as a band.

You’re supposed to wear the uniform with honor. 

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Brand New Change Will Call Policy To Discourage Scalping

Brand New actually answered the cries of fans for a change in how they handle ticketing for their limited shows this week. But, the band’s answer wasn’t exactly a perfect fix. Brand New began enforcing a strict will call policy for any individual that purchased tickets through a Front Gate presale, which means any fan that bought scalped tickets from a presale purchaser is now 1) out of their money 2) out of a way to get into the show. 

A lose/lose situation for the band.

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Music Videos Are Dead

"Why won’t MTV just play music videos!?"

Well, once and for all, allow me to give that question a definitive answer.

MTV won’t play music videos because you won’t watch music videos!

If video did in fact kill the radio star, then the internet came along and killed the video star. It’s absolutely true. Much like how the record industry has all but crumbled, so has the business of the music video. Everyone who blindly makes the claim that MTV should go back to its roots isn’t really thinking — and also knows nothing about the television business. - Peter Hoare

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Green Day To Take A Break

Green Day members will be taking an extended break from the band following an Australian Soundwave tour in February and March of 2014. Many fans seemed to react incredibly well to the news following the upsetting output of Green Day’s triple-disc concept series. 

Is this a happy thing, though? 

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blink-182 Ready To Take Risks Again 

Ah, this is exactly what we, as blink-182 fans, were hoping for. 

Following a sporadic EP, small room shows, an Untitled residency, and throwing older songs into the set list, blink-182 seem to be ready to take risks once again. The last four years of a reunited blink-182 have been leading up to this moment. 

An Untitled Part II is unlikely, but something of a similar nature could be coming. 

Green Day To Take A Break

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 30, 2013

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Green Day will be taking a break after their Australian tour in February and March. Check out an excerpt from an interview below after the jump. 

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Green Day ‘Early Days’ Documentary Being Made; Band Asking Fans For Assets

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 31, 2013

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A documentary on Green Day's early days is being made, and the band is asking for fans toe end in videos, flyers, and photos from the bands 1987-1993 years. Check out a tweet from the band below after the jump.

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Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) + Norah Jones Announce Duets LP

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 23, 2013

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You read the headline right. Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Norah Jones are releasing a duets LP on November 25th called Foreverly. You can hear a cover of Everly Brothers” “Long Time Gone” below after the jump.

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Green Day Post Fourth ‘¡Quatro!’ Teaser

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 23, 2013

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Green Day have posted a third ¡Cuatro! documentary teaser. Watch it below after the jump.

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