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Music, All Shook Down Bay Area Punk Mainstay, Heiko Schrepel, Dies at 39

Bay Area Punk Mainstay, Heiko Schrepel, Dies at 39

Much-loved Bay Area punk musician, Heiko Schrepel, died yesterday morning at the age of 39. The One Man Army and U.S. Bombs bassist had been on life support in Highland Hospital for a week. The cause of death is not yet known.  Friends…
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Music, All Shook Down Rancid's Bay Area Roots: 5 Things You May Not Know...

Rancid's Bay Area Roots: 5 Things You May Not Know...

Punk rockers the world over got excited yesterday when Rancid released a sneaky preview of their eighth album, ...Honor Is All We Know. The new tracks, "Collision Course", "Honor Is All We Know," and "Evil's My Friend" are the…
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Music, Hear This Japandroids: Show Preview

Japandroids: Show Preview

In light of its title, Japandroids' new Celebration Rock bookends its eight tracks with the perfect sound effect: the pop of fireworks. The second album from the Vancouver duo is a legit contender for record of the year based on…
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Goodbye, Lookout! Records: A Tribute in 10 Songs

You may have heard over the last few days that Berkeley's Lookout! Records -- one of the world's most treasured punk rock labels, and the place that Green Day got its start -- is closing for good, back catalog and…
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Music, All Shook Down Rancid Bassist Matt Freeman Talks Devil's Brigade Project, Kids Songs, and Op Ivy Reunion

Rancid Bassist Matt Freeman Talks Devil's Brigade Project, Kids Songs, and Op Ivy Reunion

Just when it seemed like almost everyone in the big-time East Bay punk band Rancid has had a side project of their own except for bassist Matt Freeman, the 44-year-old bassist is today releasing Devil's Brigade, a long-in-the-works collection of…
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Music, All Shook Down No Operation Ivy Reunion? Thank You, Jesse Michaels

No Operation Ivy Reunion? Thank You, Jesse Michaels

Jesse Michaels, you have just earned yourself enough punk rock cred to fill a dirty van. (Or a four-door car, as the case may have been.)In an interview  with Jewcy, Michaels, singer of the short-lived-but-much-mythologized East Bay ska-punk band Operation…
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Calendar, Night&Day Jolly Rogers

Jolly Rogers

Pirates and Ireland go hand in hand. Think about it: a small, rural island that produces Guinness, Jameson, and traditional music that is perfect for swabbing decks to. Although a big chunk of the island’s population once came to America…
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Music, Common Cause

Common Cause

With short black hair, clean khakis, and a plaid button-down shirt, Jesse Michaels could pass more easily for a Cal biochemistry grad student than a punk rock icon. Far from intimidating, he speaks quietly and laughs easily and often, a…
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Crash Worship

"I've been imitated so well, I've heard people copy my mistakes," Jimi Hendrix once said. It's impossible to pick up a music rag these days without being assailed by tracts on the perils of the "revival." Despite the critical hoopla…
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