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Green Day's 'Revolution Radio' Tour Wallops Audience at Barclays Center

Billie Joe and co. are on the road for a supercharged tour -- and Trump is only stoking their fire further.


Green Day
City: Brooklyn, NY
Venue: Barclays Center
Date: 2017-03-15

Green Day's Revolution Radio concentrated the bandmates efforts into a solid punk effort with songs that mesh well with their oeuvre. Bigger and brasher in many cases and a little more mellow and heartfelt in others. The current tour for Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt take the band around the world for several months of hard hitting shows. Right out of the gate Green Day smash the audience with "Know Your Enemy" and, at least at the Barclays Center, welcomed a fan to join them on stage, sing some verses and then throw herself into the raised arms of the fervent crowd.

The stage for these shows has been adjusted to give the band ample space to run around, including adding a perpendicular extension in the center of the arena floor, and for pyrotechnics lending extra gravitas to the madness. The extension in particular allows for fans to build up extra speed before they dive off the stage. The pyrotechnics include flames shooting up, sparks cascading down and deafening booms that are massive even through earplugs.

Green Day blend hits from their extensive career into an action packed show. "Bang Bang" and "Revolution Radio" followed the first song and these new songs were no less frantic. My favorite track from the new album the inspirational "Still Breathing" came near the end of the main set with Armstrong still running around, in fine shape to fight what is yet to come. Later on, after Armstrong made a quick reference to Trump, the audience jeered loudly as they remembered they too are part of a continual struggle but otherwise the band's energy had pushed aside persistent concern of the President's shenanigans -- the focus here and now was on Green Day. As Armstrong implored to the sold-out arena, "This is about being together, everybody, here, tonight. We’re going to leave all this shit behind us."

The band mashed the two lead tracks from American Idiot (the self titled track and "Jesus of Suburbia") into their first encore set before departing. Yet Armstrong returned once more to perform a warmer acoustic set -- new song "Ordinary World" (which he had premiered last year after the Tribeca Film Festival screening of the related film) and the ever popular sing-along "Good Riddance".

This was one of the most fun shows I'd ever seen and I'm planning to catch Green Day once more this year hopefully -- they've got a run of amphitheater shows this summer. Check out photos from the Barclays Center show and tour dates below.

SET LIST

Know Your Enemy

Bang Bang

Revolution Radio

Holiday

Letterbomb

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Longview

Youngblood

2000 Light Years Away

Hitchin’ a Ride

When I Come Around

Burnout

Waiting

Scattered

Minority

Are We the Waiting

St. Jimmy

Knowledge (Operation Ivy)

Basket Case

She

King for a Day medley (Bump N’ Grind / Shout / Always Look on the Bright Side of Life / (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction / Hey Jude)

Still Breathing

Forever Now

[encore break]

American Idiot

Jesus of Suburbia

[encore break]

Ordinary World

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

TOUR DATES

3/20 - Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Centre*

3/22 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre*

3/23 - Quebec, QC - Vidéotron Centre*

3/25 - Pittsburgh, PA - Petersen Events Center*

3/27 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena*

3/28 - Champaign, IL - State Farm Center*

3/30 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center*

4/1 - Saint Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center*

4/3 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena*

4/5 - Broomfield, CO - 1stBank Center*

4/7 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena*

4/8 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center*

4/30 - Perth, Australia - Perth Arena

5/3 - Hindmarsh, Australia - Adelaide Entertainment Center

5/5 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena

5/6 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena

5/8 - Boondall, Australia - Brisbane Entertainment Centre

5/10 - Sydney, Australia - Qudos Bank Arena

5/11 - Sydney, Australia - Qudos Bank Arena

5/13 - Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena

5/14 - Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena

6/4 - Landgraaf, Netherlands - Holland Pink Pop Festival

6/6 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Ljubljana Dvorana Stozice

6/7 - Munchen, Germany - Olympiahalle

6/9 - Interlaken, Switzerland - Greenfield Festival

6/11 - Bretigny-Sur-Orge, France - Download Festival Paris

6/12 -Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg - Rockhal

6/14 - Lucca Lu, Italy - Piazza Napoleone

6/15 - Milan, Italy - Autodromo Nazionale Monza

6/17 - Nickelsdorf, Austria - Nova Rock

6/18 - Budapest, Hungary - Papp Laszlo Arena

6/21 - Goteborg, Sweden - Scandinavium

6/23 - Scheessel, Germany - Germany Hurricane Festival

6/24 - Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany - Germany Southside Festival

6/28 - Belfast, United Kingdom - Ormeau Park

6/29 - Dublin, Ireland - Royal Hospital Kilmainham

7/1 - London, United Kingdom - Hyde Park

7/3 - Sheffield, United Kingdom - Sheffield Arena

7/4 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Glasgow Bellahouston Park

7/7 - Madrid, Spain - Mad Cool Festival

8/1 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre^

8/2 - Portland, OR - Moda Center^

8/5 - Oakland, CA - Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum^

8/7 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre^

8/9 - Englewood, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre^

8/11 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center^

8/12 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center^

8/14 - Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^

8/16 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center^

8/18 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage^

8/20 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center^

8/21 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center^

8/24 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field^

8/26 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center^

8/28 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center^

8/29 - Hartford, CT - The XFINITY Theatre^

8/31 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion^

9/1 - Raleigh, NC - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek^

9/3 - West Palm Beach, FL - Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre^

9/5 - Tampa, FL - MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre^

9/6 - Orange Beach, AL - The Wharf Amphitheater^

9/8 - Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater^

9/9 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center^

9/11 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater^

9/13 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre^

9/16 - Pasadena, CA - Rose Bowl^

* With Against Me!

^ With Catfish and the Battlement

From genre-busting electronic music to new highs in the ever-evolving R&B scene, from hip-hop and Americana to rock and pop, 2017's music scenes bestowed an embarrassment of riches upon us.


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White Hills epic '80s callback Stop Mute Defeat is a determined march against encroaching imperial darkness; their eyes boring into the shadows for danger but they're aware that blinding lights can kill and distort truth. From "Overlord's" dark stomp casting nets for totalitarian warnings to "Attack Mode", which roars in with the tribal certainty that we can survive the madness if we keep our wits, the record is a true and timely win for Dave W. and Ego Sensation. Martin Bisi and the poster band's mysterious but relevant cool make a great team and deliver one of their least psych yet most mind destroying records to date. Much like the first time you heard Joy Division or early Pigface, for example, you'll experience being startled at first before becoming addicted to the band's unique microcosm of dystopia that is simultaneously corrupting and seducing your ears. - Morgan Y. Evans

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The Best Dance Tracks of 2017

Photo: Murielle Victorine Scherre (Courtesy of Big Beat Press)

From the "shamanic techno" of Parisian duo Pouvoir Magique to Stockholm Noir's brilliant string of darkly foreboding, electro-licked singles, here are ten selections that represent some of the more intriguing dance offerings of 2017.

In June of 2016, prolific producer Diplo lambasted the world of DJ's in an interview with Billboard, stating that EDM was dying. Coincidentally enough, the article's contents went viral and made their way into Vice Media's electronic music and culture channel Thump, which closed its doors after four years this summer amid company-wide layoffs. Months earlier, electronic music giant SFX Entertainment filed bankruptcy and reemerged as Lifestyle, Inc., shunning the term "EDM".

So here we are at the end of 2017, and the internet is still a flurry with articles declaring that Electronic Dance Music is rotting from the inside out and DJ culture is dying on the vine, devoured by corporate greed. That might all well be the case, but electronic music isn't disappearing into the night without a fight as witnessed by the endless parade of emerging artists on the scene, the rise of North America's first Electro Parade in Montréal, and the inaugural Electronic Music Awards in Los Angeles this past September.

For every insipid, automaton disc jockey-producer, there are innovative minds like Anna Lunoe, Four Tet, and the Black Madonna, whose eclectic, infectious sets display impeccable taste, a wealth of knowledge, and boundless creativity. Over the past few years, many underground artists have been thrust into the mainstream spotlight and lost the je ne sais quoi that made them unique. Regardless, there will always be new musicians, producers, singers, and visionaries to replace them, those who bring something novel to the table or tip a hat to their predecessors in a way that steps beyond homage and exhilarates as it did decades before.

As electronic music continues to evolve and its endless sub-genres continue to expand, so do fickle tastes, and preferences become more and more subjective with a seemingly endless list of artists to sift through. With so much music to digest, its no wonder that many artists remain under the radar. This list hopes to remedy that injustice and celebrate tracks both indie and mainstream. From the "shamanic techno" of Parisian duo Pouvoir Magique to Stockholm Noir's brilliant string of darkly foreboding, electro-licked singles, here are ten selections that represent some of the more intriguing dance offerings of 2017.

10. Moullinex - “Work It Out (feat. Fritz Helder)”

Taken from Portuguese producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist Luis Clara Gomes' third album Hypersex, "Work It Out" like all of its surrounding companions is a self-proclaimed, "collective love letter to club culture, and a celebration of love, inclusion and difference." Dance music has always seemingly been a safe haven for "misfits" standing on the edge of the mainstream, and while EDM manufactured sheen might have taken the piss out of the scene, Hypersex still revels in that defiant, yet warm and inviting attitude.

Like a cheeky homage to Rick James and the late, great High Priest of Pop, Prince, this delectably filthy, sexually charged track with its nasty, funk-drenched bass line, couldn't have found a more flawless messenger than former Azari & III member Fritz Helder. As the radiant, gender-fluid artist sings, "you better work your shit out", this album highlight becomes an anthem for all those who refuse to bow down to BS. Without any accompanying visuals, the track is electro-funk perfection, but the video, with its ruby-red, penile glitter canon, kicks the whole thing up a notch.

9. Touch Sensitive - “Veronica”

The neon-streaked days of roller rinks and turtlenecks, leg warmers and popped polo collars have come and gone, but you wouldn't think so listening to Michael "Touch Sensitive" Di Francesco's dazzling debut Visions. The Sydney-based DJ/producer's long-awaited LP and its lead single "Lay Down", which shot to the top of the Hype Machine charts, are as retro-gazing as they are distinctly modern, with nods to everything from nu disco to slo-mo house.

Featuring a sample lifted from 90s DJ and producer Paul Johnson's "So Much (So Much Mix)," the New Jack-kissed "Veronica" owns the dance floor. While the conversational interplay between the sexed-up couple is anything but profound, there is no denying its charms, however laughably awkward. While not everything on Visions is as instantly arresting, it is a testament to Di Francesco's talents that everything old sounds so damn fresh again.

8. Gourmet - “Delicious”

Neither Gourmet's defiantly eccentric, nine-track debut Cashmere, nor its subsequent singles, "There You Go" or "Yellow" gave any indication that the South African purveyor of "spaghetti pop" would drop one of the year's sassiest club tracks, but there you have it. The Cape Town-based artist, part of oil-slick, independent label 1991's diminutive roster, flagrantly disregards expectation on his latest outing, channeling the Scissor Sisters at their most gloriously bitchy best, Ratchet-era Shamir, and the shimmering dance-pop of UK singer-producer Joe Flory, aka Amateur Best.

With an amusingly detached delivery that rivals Ben Stein's droning roll call in Ferris Bueller's Day Off , he sings "I just want to dance, and fuck, and fly, and try, and fail, and try again…hold up," against a squelchy bass line and stabbing synths. When the percussive noise of what sounds like a triangle dinner bell appears within the mix, one can't help but think that Gourmet is simply winking at his audience, as if to say, "dinner is served."

7. Pouvoir Magique - “Chalawan”

Like a psychoactive ayahuasca brew, the intoxicating "shamanic techno" of Parisian duo Pouvoir Magique's LP Disparition, is an exhilarating trip into unfamiliar territory. Formed in November of 2011, "Magic Power" is the musical project of Clément Vincent and Bertrand Cerruti, who over the years, have cleverly merged several millennia of songs from around the world with 21st-century beats and widescreen electro textures. Lest ye be worried, this is anything but Deep Forest.

In the spring of 2013, Pouvoir Magique co-founded the "Mawimbi" collective, a project designed to unite African musical heritage with contemporary soundscapes, and released two EPs. Within days of launching their label Musiques de Sphères, the duo's studio was burglarized and a hard drive with six years of painstakingly curated material had vanished. After tracking down demos they shared with friends before their final stages of completion, Clément and Bertrand reconstructed an album of 12 tracks.

Unfinished though they might be, each song is a marvelous thing to behold. Their stunning 2016 single "Eclipse," with its cinematic video, might have been one of the most immediate songs on the record, but it's the pulsing "Chalawan," with its guttural howls, fluttering flute-like passages, and driving, hypnotic beats that truly mesmerizes.

6. Purple Disco Machine - “Body Funk” & “Devil In Me” (TIE)

Whenever a bevy of guest artists appears on a debut record, it's often best to approach the project with caution. 85% of the time, the collaborative partners either overshadow the proceedings or detract from the vision of the musician whose name is emblazoned across the top of the LP. There are, however, pleasant exceptions to the rule and Tino Piontek's Soulmatic is one of the year's most delightfully cohesive offerings. The Dresden-born Deep Funk innovator, aka Purple Disco Machine, has risen to international status since 2009, releasing one spectacular track and remix after another. It should go without saying that this long-awaited collection, featuring everyone from Kool Keith to Faithless and Boris D'lugosch, is ripe with memorable highlights.

The saucy, soaring "Mistress" shines a spotlight on the stellar pipes of "UK soul hurricane" Hannah Williams. While it might be a crowning moment within the set, its the strutting discofied "Body Funk", and the album's first single, "Devil In Me", that linger long after the record has stopped spinning. The former track with its camptastic fusion of '80s Sylvester gone 1940s military march, and the latter anthem, a soulful stunner that samples the 1968 Stax hit "Private Number", and features the vocal talents of Duane Harden and Joe Killington, feels like an unearthed classic. Without a doubt, the German DJ's debut is one of the best dance records of the year.

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