The 10 Bands You Should Check Out at Warped Tour
Over the years, the Vans Warped Tour has fascinatingly evolved to include a widely diverse collection of alternative rock acts. What was once simply a showcase for metal and punk now features rap, electronica, folk and bands in several other genres.
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This year's Warped Tour may be the most varied ever; so navigating through a festival that features over a hundred acts can be a challenge. Here are 10 acts that are well worth your while as your sweat off a few pounds traversing the vast confines of Gexa Energy Pavilion this Friday.
1. Chiodos - This six-piece from Michigan has been giving new meaning to the post-hardcore subgenre for over a decade. Original singer Craig Owens returned to the band in 2012 and Chiodos' fourth album is due by year's end. With Owens solidly back in the fold, Chiodos is easily one of the best bands on this bill.
2. Crown the Empire - Dallas' own post-hardcore six-piece has only been together a couple of years, but Andrew Velasquez and crew are already hitting their stride. If you dig Attack, Attack or Pierce the Veil, you will surely dig the glorious noise of Crown of Empire.
3. Itch - "How to Fucking Rule at Life" is one of the best hip-hop singles to come out of the UK in a long while. Itch claims he is "a rap game GG Allin" and he's not that far off. Angry and impassioned, his set is not to be missed.
4. Hawthorne Heights - Hailing out of Ohio, Hawthorne Heights are a case study on how to rebound from adversary. Rhythm guitarist (and unclean vocalist) Casey Calvert died in 2007, but the band shouldered on and eventually recorded Fragile Future. The recently issued Zero could well be the best thing Hawthorne Heights has done.
5. Alvarez Kings - Playing progressive pop, Yorkshire's Alvarez Kings are another great act from the UK turning heads at this year's Warped Tour. The sound of these Kings is a pleasant mix of punk energy and rock-steady beats.