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Washington Area Summer Rock Concerts

Punk-rocker Jay Reatard, front, and his band will play the Black Cat July 5.
Punk-rocker Jay Reatard, front, and his band will play the Black Cat July 5. (By Jeff Allen)
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July 29

Green Day

Verizon Center, $49.50

If you were to take a poll in the mid-'90s on which then-current band would go on to become the respected elder statesmen of alternative rock a decade and a half later, Green Day probably would have ranked somewhere between the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Butthole Surfers. But lo and behold, Billie Joe Armstrong is now Gen X's rock-and-roll conscience while still appealing to kids who weren't born when the band flung mud at Woodstock '94. "21st Century Breakdown" and "American Idiot" are big albums with big songs about even bigger ideas. And Armstrong is savvy enough to make sure the hooks are still the biggest element of all.

-- David Malitz


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