10 high notes from Bay Area decade in music: Aidin Vaziri | The music industry may have spent the past decade in a free fall, but we here in the Bay Area hardly noticed. Our independent record stores thrived, our radio stations resisted the scourge of Nickelback, our artists blossomed, we pushed boundaries, and the live music scene just got bigger and bigger. We celebrate some of the defining musical moments from the past 10 years.
1. “American Idiot,” Green Day One good thing to come out of George W. Bush’s reign of error was the newly politicized Green Day. The East Bay punk trio dropped its recycled Ramones riffs and songs about bodily functions in favor of epic tunes for epochal times. “American Idiot” sold more than 14 million copies worldwide, scored a Grammy and – what else? – inspired a stage musical.