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The Other Stars - You Looked Better At The Party

FFO: Modern Baseball, Front Bottoms, Piebald, Menzingers

Lyrics: 

Sometimes I think when I was happy
I had just turned twenty and I met her at a party
I was starting to get all those funny feelings in my chest
and all those feelings in my chest won’t go away
And she said
“Connor, you should watch out because I’m bad news”
I said “I’ve been to hell and back, I think that I can handle you”
I guess that we’re all wrong sometimes
And if I get a cut I’ll bleed for a day
but this pain, it just won’t go away
it might not be a broken heart
but it’s a start
Now Joe got his new car and he’s driving south
Josie’s making stories up with her big mouth
Me, Derek, Matt and Tom are trying to move it all along
and break the audio surface tension with our songs
Dan’s in Milford, Eric’s nowhere to be found
I’m spinning circles, tipping bottles upside down
seems only yesterday we placed our bids on life
seems only yesterday that we were kids, alright
And if I get a cut I’ll bleed for a day
but this pain, it just won’t go away
it might not be a broken heart
but it’s a start
Oh, I am so drunk that it’s funny
but maybe it’s not as funny as we think?
no, it’s ok, cause we’re just joking
just silly kids, we took up smoking
Did I ever tell you just how sick I felt
when you were all fucked up on drugs and screaming in your prison cell?
It isn’t very funny anymore
when we get too fucked up and pass out on the floor
No, it isn’t very funny anymore

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Green Day Takes Crowd-Pleasing Victory Lap With Sold-Out Revolution Radio Tour

Green Day has still got it. That was the unofficial message of the sold-out March 17 show at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. Outwardly, singer Billie Joe Armstrong and the band - which includes bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool - emphasized love, unity and empowerment in the age of President Donald Trump during a rambunctious, free-spirited two-and-a-half hour set two weeks into the sold-out North American Revolution Radio arena tour.

Yes, almost 30 years since their debut album, the pop punk rockers are still in their prime, proven by the comeback-kid success of their most recent album, Revolution Radio, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in October and so far has spawned two hit singles, “Bang Bang” and “Still Breathing." 

Also proving to be in his prime is the age-defying Armstrong, 45, who animatedly worked the DCU audience and zipped around the stage - complete with a walkway that cut through the middle of the jam-packed general admission pit - nonstop as if he were 20 years younger, pogoing, jumping off monitors, using a T-shirt gun to shoot swag all the way to the back of the 15,000-seat arena, and encouraging kids to get up onstage and dive back into the crowd. All the while, he was visibly having as much fun as anyone in the building, smiling from ear-to-ear and genuinely getting a kick out of interacting with the rowdy St. Patrick’s Day crowd. ("New England Irish people seem to sing a little louder than everyone else,” he said before declaring, “I love you crazy Irish motherf - ers!”)

Peppered throughout the fun, feel-good performance were impassioned political statements by Armstrong that ranged from calls for unity among a country divided to outright contempt for the current administration. “F - you, Donald Trump!” he interjected during the politically charged “American Idiot,” which remains just as relevant today as it was when first released in 2004, during the equally contentious George W. Bush era. But he also told fans to “never give up hope or let them divide us” before adding, “I believe that rock ‘n’ roll can change the world. If you see kids at school getting f - ed with, stand up for them. The world doesn’t need another asshole.”

But beneath the onstage antics and partisan remarks lay the true star: the hit-packed set list. 

From the rollicking, pyro-drenched opener “Know Your Enemy” to the apropos, confetti-filled finale, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” the band seemingly never took a breath, keeping the crowd on its feet and engaged the entire time (even if it took some enthusiastic “put your hands up!” encouragement by Armstrong on lesser-known hits like “Waiting” and older fare such as “2000 Light Years Away”). 

Highlights of the night included rafter-rattling fan favorites “Longview,” “Minority,” “Holiday,” “St. Jimmy,” “Jesus of Suburbia” and most recent hit “Still Breathing.” Additionally, they played five other songs from Revolution Radio (the title track, “Bang Bang,” “Youngblood,” “Forever Now” and "Ordinary World") and several covers, including “Shout,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Hey Jude." 

During Operation Ivy’s "Knowledge,” Armstrong picked a green-haired pipsqueak of a kid, who couldn’t have been more than eight years old yet had spent the night crowd-surfing like a pro, to come up onstage and play his guitar - and to the surprise of everyone, especially Armstrong, the kid held his own despite the guitar being almost as tall as he was. “Never smash a guitar,” Armstrong quipped before sending the tyke off with the axe as a keepsake and these parting words: “I love that little bastard.”

In the past, before 24-hour, at-your-fingertips access to social media, this sort of fan interaction would have been seen as spontaneous. But these days, every song, every stunt, every move a band makes winds up online within seconds. So, if you’re a die-hard Green Day fan who follows them or various fan pages online, you’ll probably know which songs are coming down the pipeline and when to pull out your handmade “pick me!” sign. But those easily accessed spoilers do not make the show any less enjoyable when you’re in the moment, and both die-hard and casual fans alike clearly had plenty of fist-pumping fun on this particular night. 

Of course, different cities and different fans create unique opportunities at every tour stop, especially because Armstrong really seems to enjoy interacting with people, often leaning over to crack a joke with someone or accept gifts. In Worcester, a guy in a rubber Trump mask spent the whole night trying to get Armstrong’s attention, ultimately succeeding when the singer finally pointed and laughed. And St. Patrick’s Day offered its own running theme, with at least a dozen shout-outs about the revelrous holiday and band members dressing up as leprechauns while Armstrong paraded around with the Irish flag and a green carnation in his vest pocket. 

Still, despite fans not caring whether they knew what lay ahead or not, the presence of cell phones seemed to bug Armstrong, who at one point said, “I don’t want to see your selfies, I want to see your faces!” Another time, he called out a fan in the front row: “Are you taking a video of me on your phone? 'Cause if you’re looking through your phone, you’re not looking at me.” (A few minutes later he seemed to smile and gesture at the same person, as if to indicate he wasn’t really that annoyed.) 

Overall, Green Day delivered a high-energy, ridiculously rowdy, fairly tight performance with only one obvious screw up, when Armstrong forget the lyrics to “Youngblood.” But he just looked at Dirnt, laughed it off and kept on shredding. So, no matter your age or what level of fandom you come from, if you’re a fan at all, you don’t want to miss this tour. (Although deep-cut enthusiasts might be a little disappointed that there aren’t more B-sides in the set, there’s no way they won’t walk away with a smile on their face.) 

Word of advice: dress accordingly if you plan on being in the pit. It was below zero outside of the DCU, but hot as hell inside if you were a certain distance from the stage. Huge flames lit up the stage throughout the night, providing an exciting backdrop for the band but also significantly raising the temperature in the venue. (It’s amazing that Armstrong and his bandmates weren’t just a giant puddle of sweat by the end of it all.) To offset this, Armstrong literally hosed down the crowd with water at one point, and security guards poured bottled water into people’s open, begging mouths. But, hey, that’s a small price to pay to have the time of your life.  

Half God Half Devil Tour

In This Moment, Motionless in White, Avatar, Gemini Syndrome 2017 Tour Dates

4/07 — Milwaukee, Wis. @ Eagles Ballroom
4/08 — Green Bay, Wis. @ The Sandlot *SOLD OUT*
4/09 — Maplewood, Minn. @ Myth Live
4/11 — Omaha, Neb. @ Sokol Auditorium/Underground
4/12 — Kansas City, Mo. @ Arvest Bank Theater at The Midland
4/14 — Indianapolis, Ind. @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
4/15 — Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live
4/16 — Toronto, Ontario @ The Danforth Music Hall
4/18 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ Electric Factory
4/19 — Albany, N.Y. @ Palace Theatre
4/21 — Baltimore, Md. @ Rams Head Live! *SOLD OUT*
4/22 — Stroudsburg, Pa. @ Sherman Theater *SOLD OUT*
4/23 — Worcester, Mass. @ The Palladium
4/25 — Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE
4/26 — Detroit, Mich. @ The Fillmore Detroit
4/28 — Atlanta, Ga. @ The Masquerade – Heaven
4/29 — Fort Myers, Fla. @ Fort Rock 
4/30 — Jacksonville, Fla. @ Welcome To Rockville 
5/02 — Birmingham, Ala. @ Iron City
5/03 — Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogart’s
5/05 — Nashville, Tenn. @ War Memorial Auditorium
5/06 — Concord, N.C. @ Carolina Rebellion 

The Potluck concert..

Was so FUCKING amazing. Even though I was there like 3 hours early, (thought the trip from Maine would be longer), me and my friend made the best of it and walked around Worcester. I didn’t realize the Palladium stage was only like 3 feet tall and had no gate in front of it. The bass in that place was pretty fucking great. The local opening groups were awesome. J Hornay was incredible. His performance was just awesome. He sat there and spit lyrics with people. He gave the front row Blunt Wraps and threw out quite a few. And one of his roadies gave me a free cd too(: Irv da Phenom, Sunspot Jones, and Glasses Malone all were great too. Glasses Malone killed it. You could tell he was drunk lol When he came out all you could smell was the alcohol. But Nothing compared to Potluck’s performance. UnderRated killed the 2 minute drill. It’s so much better live. And Ton and Garth were just as good. Last night blew my mind. I got pulled onto stage by Garth, along with the other girls in the crowd, for the last song(stoner bitch). That shit was crazy. I got to meet UnderRated and 1 Ton after. And they signed my cd. I honestly had no idea 1 ton was so tall. I personally am 5'3’’ and he had to be like 6 foot something. I felt so short lol. All in all it was a good night. Got a hat, a couple cds, and an i <3 Doobiez braclet. I honestly don’t think I could have had a more fun night.

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In honor of the first night of Hanukkah, we found this lovely little book (67 mm tall) about Jewish festivals.

Jacobs, Louis. (1961) The Jewish festivals: New Year, the Day of Atonement, Tabernacles, Passover, Pentecost, Hanukkah, Purim. Worcester, Mass: A.J. St. Onge. From the Rare Book Collection, University of South Florida Libraries

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This may be a small, shaky cellphone video, but I truly believe it conveys the intensity of this tour. Thank you Stick To Your Guns, Thank you Worcester Mass. xx

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Neil deGrasse Tyson responds to six-year-old - “How can first graders help the earth?”

Earlier this month, the famed astrophysicist called on six-year-old Kaitlynn Goulette to ask him a question while he was delivering a lecture at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

When the young girl asked, “How can first-graders help the Earth,” Tyson didn’t tell her to recycle or invest in solar panels. Rather, he encouraged her to not lose her natural curiosity to explore the Earth that she so desperately wants to help. Check out the exchange in the YouTube video above.

“He’s just told this little girl that she too can be a scientist,” YouTube user Tiffany Henry commented on the video. “I am feeling all the joy in the world right now.” (source) & (source)