Friday, March 6, 2015

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong to Open Broken Guitars in Oakland

In related 40th St. Corridor news, 1-2-3-4 Go! Records just announced plans to open a second location in San Francisco.

by Sam Lefebvre
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 5:25 PM

Billie Joe Armstrong, leader of the East Bay pop-punk outfit Green Day, is set to open Broken Guitars in the storefront located at 423 40th St. in Oakland. His business partner, Bill Schneider, a longtime Green Day associate and former bandmate of Armstrong's in Pinhead Gunpowder, said that the grand opening is slated for April 3rd.  

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A 'Fifty Shades'-Inspired Kink App? No, Spank You

It's not the "kinks" that need to be worked out.

by Anna Pulley
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 12:24 PM

Is that supposed to be blood? How comforting.
  • Is that supposed to be blood? How comforting.

Dear @nna is an advice column for the digital age. Got a digital dilemma of your own? If you have a question involving technology, the internet, or online etiquette, shoot it to with the subject “Dear Anna.”

I recently read about a “kink” app inspired by the Fifty Shades of Grey hullabaloo. Why am I so offended by its existence? I don’t care that people engage in BDSM, but there’s something about apps like this that seem so pandering. Your thoughts?
— Fifty Shades of Whatever

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This Weekend's Top Five Events

March 6, 7 & 8

by Sarah Burke
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 7:00 AM

This past week, Bjork's retrospective at the MoMA opened after months of hype. Of course, some loved it (actually couldn't find a link to put here, but I'm assuming). But most critics abhored it. All I have to say is that those mannequins really do look nightmare-worthy — and not in a cool, alternative way. Regardless, I'd like to take this opportunity to share one of my favorite Bjork music video with you all. Watch it, remember the days of Bjork before this horrible catastrophe, then read below for a list of fun things to do this weekend. 

Bites & Beats: Women in Hip Hop
In honor of Women’s History Month, Youth Radio’s Remix Your Life will be hosting an all-female panel of hip-hop musicians at its Bites and Beats showcase, which takes place on the first Friday of every month in its arts venue (1719 Broadway, Oakland). The women who will be sharing knowledge aren’t just musicians, either — they rock in journalism, poetry, youth advocacy, authorship, and production as well. The lineup includes MADlines, Coco Peila, Dom Jones, Rocky Rivera, Jazz Monique Hudson, Hazel Rose, and Talia Taylor. The inspiring group will speak about their careers and contributions to hip-hop, and will then open up into conversation with each other and the attendees. In addition to the talk there will be a performance showcase involving Youth Radio participants. Youth Radio’s Remix Your Life is a program for youth and young adults to develop their musical and artistic voice, offering education and professional studio time. Bites and Beats is one opportunity for participants to wow crowds with their impressively mature talents.— Sarah Burke
Fri., March 6, 5:30-8 p.m. Free.

Where It's At & The Legionnaire Saloon 2-Year Anniversary Party
In just two years, The Legionnaire Saloon has become an Uptown fixture, with regular DJ nights in the main bar and an upstairs loft for live performances. The musical fare is eclectic — recent bills have included traditional Irish music, scrappy local garage rock, and rap — but it’s telling of the bar’s stylistic allegiance that its two-year anniversary event is a joint effort with Where It’s At, the regular funk and soul party. The Greasetraps and Gene Washington & the Ironsides — horns, rhythm section, and vocals put in the service of soul — are scheduled to perform upstairs. The bands’ resident DJ counterparts, including emissaries from local funk-forward record shops such as Vamp, will exhume the genre’s gorgeous roots downstairs. The Legionnaire opened in March 2013 without street signage. On Saturday, decades and eras are sure to slip away.— Sam Lefebvre
Sat., March 7, 9 p.m. Free downstairs, $15 upstairs.

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