20 Bands to Check Out at the 20th Vans Warped Tour
In the last 20 years we've seen a lot of summer tours come and go. What was once a semi-thriving industry that saw a tour for every type of music fan under the sun is now a handful of radio-rock festivals where the band names change but the music sounds the same (yeah, we're talking about you, Mayhem Fest and Uproar Fest).
Photo by Marco Torres This year, like last year and many before it, fans will brave the heat in search of good tunes.
The exception to this is the Vans Warped Tour, which has seen tons of festivals come and go during its insane 20-year run. While its roots are in punk and hardcore bands, Warped has survived by changing with the times; the harder stuff is still there, but there's also the poppier stuff and the electronic stuff too. While they don't book big headliners, year in and year out Warped manages to book a solid enough lineup that kids sweat all day in the sun to scream along while their parents hide in the Adult Day Care or what little shade exists.
If you found yourself looking at this year's lineup and realizing you didn't know a single band on it, don't fear. If you can escape from the office today (or you're catching the live stream they have up), here are some bands worth losing your water weight for.
Fredua Boakye can sing his ass off, and you'll want a funk chaser for all the harder rock you're going to be taking in.
Beebs and Her Money Makers
Quite frankly, there aren't enough fun bands in this world, and while emotional music is all well and fine, something a little more lighthearted never hurts.
They had one of the best songs we heard in April, so go and yell at them to play it.
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
They did an awesome cover of "We R Who We R" on one of those Punk Goes Pop CDs, and their name is a quote from Goonies. If that doesn't make you smile, you don't have a heart.
He's the best DJ on the tour, and he's a Texas boy. Support your local electronic scene.
As far as I can tell, the Shiragirl stage doesn't start up until later in the tour, so this is one of the few chances you'll have to see a good, female fronted group today.
Every Time I Die
Looking for the biggest pit of the day? It may just be this one. Look out for each other, ya hear?
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