Final Vans Warped Tour lineup unveiled

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As Vans Warped Tour concertgoers get ready to say good-bye to the annual traveling music festival, there was still one thing they did not have; the lineup. On Thursday (March 1), festival organizers gave fans exactly what they have been waiting months for.

The complete lineup for the final incarnation can be seen below.

In a Twitter post earlier in the day, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman revealed that the main lineup does not mean that other bands will not be getting in on the action. On the contrary, Lyman advised fans to keep an eye out because more bands will be announced between now and then.

“Keep checking in, special guests will be announced on a regular basis and some might show up at your local show,” Lyman wrote on the social media platform.

Prior to the lineup announcement, festival organizers had confirmed the tour dates, locations, and venue, even adding a couple of extra stops along the way. The complete list of tour stops can be found here.

General ticket sales for the final Warped Tour excursion will go on sale beginning next Thursday, March 8. Earlier this week, the music festival was offering early bird tickets with a limit of 500 tickets per city. In a not-so-surprising move, all the early bird tickets were sold out within the hour.

Warped Tour was also offering two different bundles for fans to pick from; the Forever Warped Bundle and the Best Day Ever bundle. Currently, all the Forever Warped Bundles are sold out while there is a limited quantity of the Best Day Ever Bundle.

Vans Warped Tour reveals 2017 lineup

After months of waiting, the lineup for the 2017 incarnation of the Vans Warped Tour has been announced. On Wednesday (March 22), the annual summertime traveling music festival unleashed its lineup which, as always, was met with a lot of mixed reactions. Some potential attendees have labeled it the “best lineup ever” (excuse us, have you see the lineup from 2004 or 2005 ?) while others have said that it might be the worst lineup ever. No matter what your outlook on the lineup is, we can all agree that there is a little for everyone who may attend.

This year’s lineup will include a combination of older/Warped veteran bands as well as some up-and-coming artists. Goldfinger, Anti-Flag, Hawthorne Heights, Save Ferris, Silverstein, American Authors, Bowling for Soup, Streetlight Manifesto, I Prevail, Dance Gavin Dance, GWAR, Blessthefall, Too Close to Touch, Nevershoutnever, New Year’s Day, Neck Deep, and many, many more are set to hit the road this summer. Tickets for all the show are currently available on the Warped Tour’s website here. The complete lineup for Warped Tour 2017 can be seen below while the complete itinerary for the summer punk-rock summer camp can be seen here.

Sadly, it appears as if there will be one massive change to this year’s tour; free parental tickets will no longer be offered. For the past 21 years, the music festival has provided free tickets for parents who do not trust their kids to go to the show alone, so long as the kid has a purchased ticket. In a press statement, festival organizers revealed that in hopes of going back to their “counter-culture roots” and booking a more “balanced lineup including many legacy acts” they will no longer need to offer free parent tickets; hopefully, the parents would want to come see the acts.

WARPED TOUR 2017 LINEUP:

JOURNEY’S LEFT FOOT STAGE
Attila (6/16-7/2, 7/6-8/6)
CKY (6/16-8/6)
Bowling for Soup (6/27-7/2, 7/26, 7/27, 7/29, 7/30)
Futuristic (6/16-6/23, 6/25-8/6)
Hawthorne Heights (6/16-8/6)
Never Shout Never (6/27-7/7)
I Prevail (6/16 – 8/6)
Julie Vera (6/16-8/6)
Watsky (6/17-7/14, 7/16-7/18, 7/20-7/21, 7/23-8/6)
New Years Day (6/16-8/6)
Sammy Adams (6/16-7/28, 8/1-8/6)

JOURNEY’S RIGHT FOOT STAGE
American Authors (6/16-7/19, 7/21-8/6)
Andy Black (6/16-8/6)
Beartooth (6/28-8/6)
Dance Gavin Dance (6/16-8/6)
Goldfinger (6/16-6/17, 8/4-8/6)
Hands Like Houses (6/16-8/6)
Memphis May Fire (6/16-8/6)
Neck Deep (6/16-8/6)
Our Last Night (6/16-8/6)
Streetlight Manifesto (6/24)
Save Ferris (6/21-8/1, 8/5)

MONSTER MUTANT NORTH STAGE
The Acacia Strain (6/16-8/6)
Being as an Ocean (6/16-8/6)
Candiria (6/21-8/6)
Counterparts (6/16-8/6)
Fit for a King (6/16-8/6)
Hatebreed (6/21-8/6)
Silent Planet (6/16-8/6)
Stick to Your Guns (6/16-7/2, 7/6-8/6)
Sylar (6/16-8/6)

MONSTER MUTANT SOUTH STAGE
After the Burial (6/16-8/6)
Blessthefall (6/16-8/6)
Carnifex (6/16-8/6)
Emmure (6/16-8/6)
GWAR (6/16-8/6)
Hundredth (6/16-8/6)
Silverstein (6/16-8/6)
Sworn In (6/16-8/6)
Too Close to Touch (6/16-8/6)

SKULLCANDY STAGE
Alestorm (6/21-8/6)
Bad See Rising (6/16-7/4)
Barb Wire Dolls (6/16-8/6)
Big D and the Kids Table (7/6-7/16)
Microwave (6/16-8/6)
Riverboat Gamblers (7/29 & 7/30)
Sonic Boom Six (6/16-8/6)
Stacked Like Pancakes (7/16-8/6)
Street Dogs (7/6-7/16)
Twilight Creeps (8/4-8/6)
War on Women (6/16-8/6)
The White Noise (6/16-8/6)
William Control (6/16-8/6)

HARD ROCK STAGE
The Adolescents (6/16-8/6)
The Alarm (7/7-7/16, 8/4-8/6)
Anti-Flag (6/27-7/24)
The Ataris (6/16-8/1)
Bad Cop / Bad Cop (6/16-8/6)
The Dickies (6/16-6/22, 6/24 & 6/25)
Doll Skin (6/16-6/25)
Fire From the Gods (6/16-8/6)
Municipal Waste (6/16-7/2, 7/6-8/6)
Sick of It All (6/21-8/6)
Strung Out (6/16-7/11, 8/4-8/6)
Suicide Machines (7/18-7/21)
TSOL (7/22-8/6)
Valient Thorr (6/16-8/6)

FULL SAIL STAGE
Bad Omens (7/4-7/24)
Boston Manor (6/16-8/6)
Carousel Kings (6/16-7/5)
Courage My Love (6/16-8/6)
Creeper (6/16-8/6)
The Fantastic Plastics (6/16-7/2)
Farewell Winters (6/16-8/6)
Feeki (6/16-8/6)
The Gospel Youth (6/16-8/6)
Knocked Loose (6/16-8/6)
Movements (6/16-8/6)
Naked Walrus (6/23 & 6/24)
One Last Shot (7/7-7/10)
Playboy ManBaby (6/22-8/6)
Shattered Sun (7/26-8/6)
Separations (7/6-7/24)
Tillie (7/26-8/6)
Trophy Eyes (6/16-8/6)

Vans Warped Tour 2017 route and dates announced

A week after announcing that the Vans Warped Tour would hit the high seas in late 2017, the people behind the annual traveling music festival have returned with more news. On Tuesday (Dec. 13), the official tour dates and cities for the 2017 Vans Warped Tour were announced. After teasing on social media last week, post-Warped Rewind at Sea, the routing for 2017 has been confirmed.

The 2017 incarnation of the punk-rock summer camp will kick off on June 16 in Seattle. After almost two months on the road, the tour will make its way back to the west coast to wrap up on Aug. 6 in Los Angeles. Sadly, this year’s itinerary does not include a single Canadian stop.

According to reports, tickets will go on sale in March with the lineup announcement being made short after that. Currently, there is no further information on how the lineup will be unveiled. Past years, festival organizers made the announcement in weekly increments titled “Warped Wednesdays.” Last year, they shook things up by hosting a live webcast from Full Sail University in Orlando where the full list of performers were announced. During the live webcast, several bands also performed.

For now, check out the complete tour routing below.

WARPED TOUR 2017 TOUR DATES:
06/16 – Seattle, Wash. – CenturyLink Field
06/17 – Salem, Ore. – Oregon State Fairgrounds
06/21 – Albuquerque, N.M. – Balloon Fiesta Park
06/22 – Phoenix, Ariz. – Fear Farm Festival Grounds
06/23 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel And Casino
06/24 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Utah State Fair
06/25 – Denver, Colo. – Pepsi Center
06/27 – Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee State Fair
06/28 – Metairie, La. – Shrine On Airline
06/29 – Atlanta, Ga. – Lakewood Amphitheatre
06/30 – Orlando, Fla. – Tinker Field
07/01 – St. Petersburg, Fla. – Vinoy Waterfront Park
07/02 – West Palm Beach, Fla. – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
07/04 – Wilmington, N.C. – Legion Stadium
07/06 – Charlotte, N.C. – PNC Music Pavilion
07/07 – Camden, N.J. – BB&T Pavilion
07/08 – Wantagh, N.Y. – Northwell Health at Jones Beach
07/09 – Hartford, Conn. – XFINITY Theatre
07/10 – Scranton, Pa. – The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
07/11 – Virginia Beach, Va. – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
07/12 – Mansfield, Mass. – XFINITY Center
07/13 – Darien Center, N.Y. – Darien Lakes Amphitheater
07/14 – Burgettstown, Pa. – KeyBank Pavilion
07/15 – Holmdel, N.J. – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/16 – Columbia, Md. – Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/18 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio – Blossom Music Center
07/19 – Cincinnati, Ohio – Riverbend Music Center
07/20 – Noblesville, Ind. – Klipsch Music Center
07/21 – Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Palace Of Auburn Hills
07/22 – Tinley Park, Ill. – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
07/23 – Shakopee, Minn. – Canterbury Park
07/24 – Milwaukee, Wis. – Marcus Amphitheater
07/26 – Maryland Heights, Mo. – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
07/27 – Bonner Springs, Kansas – Providence Amphitheater
07/28 – Dallas, Texas – Gexa Energy Pavilion
07/29 – San Antonio, Texas – AT&T Center
07/30 – Houston, Texas – NRG Park
08/01 – Las Cruces, N.M. – New Mexico State Intramural Field
08/04 – Mountain View, Calif. – Shoreline Amphitheatre
08/05 – San Diego, Calif. – Qualcomm Stadium
08/06 – Pomona, Calif. – Pomona Fairplex

 

Watch The Word Alive’s video for ‘Trapped’

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It’s been a week since The Word Alive released their fourth studio album, Dark Matter. On Thursday (March 24), the group released the music video for their lead single, “Trapped.” Like the song, which frontman Telle Smith revealed back in January was about what’s it’s like to be confined to your vices, the protagonist of the clip is going through his own issues.

The music video premiered exclusively through Billboard and in conjunction with its released, Smith spoke to the publication about why this video might be his favorite to date. “While filming the music video for ‘Trapped’ with director Marcus Eden we knew instantly that it would be our favorite video to date. It’s able to capture a depth to our band and the meaning behind the song in a way we’ve never accomplished before,” explains Smith.

“‘Trapped’ is about the inescapability of our overthinking and progress-restricting behavior. We all have something we struggle with internally, and sometimes we have to realize our mind can be a strange dark place, and our own worst enemy.”

Watch the music video for “Trapped” below.

“Trapped” is the lead single off of the band’s recently released album, Dark Matter. In the same interview, smith shed some light about the record and how it came to be and how it expresses who they are at the moment.

Dark Matter is the result of our most in-depth writing and recording session we’ve done, and is something we consider to be our most dynamic and expansive album to date. This record completely defines and expresses who we are, and where we are going, taking the listener to the darkest and most honest places our band has dared to venture.”

The Word Alive just finished wrapping up their “Dark Matter North American Tour” earlier this month. Earlier this week, it was announced that they will be hitting the road this summer as one of the many bands on the 2016 Vans Warped Tour.

Vans Warped Tour 2016 acts unveiled

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After a potential leak happened over the weekend, the lineup for the 2016 Vans Warped Tour has finally been unveiled. On Tuesday (March 22), Warped Tour founder, Kevin Lyman, head over the Full Sail University with a couple of acts and a long list of performers up his sleeve. Beginning at 6 p.m. EST, the traveling rock show’s head honcho, with the assistance of the students at the university, unveiled the list of performers who will be hitting the road this summer for the 2016 incarnation of the traveling music festival.

The list of artists, the dates they will be at Warped Tour, and the stages they will be performing at can be seen below.

 

 

JOURNEYS RIGHT FOOT STAGE
3OH!3 (July 21-31)
Issues
Mayday Parade
Pepper (June 24-29 / July 01-22)
Real Friends
Sleeping With Sirens
State Champs
The Maine
The Story So Far
Tonight Alive

POSEIDON STAGE
Emarosa
I See Stars
Knuckle Puck
Masked Intruder
PROE (July 26 – August 13)
ROAM
Secrets
The Heirs
The Interrupters
Young Guns

CYCLOPS STAGE
Against The Current
Assuming We Survive
Ballyhoo!
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Ghost Town
Sykes
Teenage Bottlerocket
Too Close To Touch
Waterparks

FULL SAIL STAGE
Avion Roe (June 24 – July 21)
Bad Seed Rising (June 24 – July 27)
Broadside
Cane Hill
Capsize (July 17 – August 13)
Dash Ten
Hail The Sun (June 24 – July 16)
Like Pacific
More To Monroe (July 28 – August 13)
Mother Feather
Old Wounds
Palaye Royale
Reckless Serenade
Safe To Say
SayWeCanFly
Silent Planet (June 24 – July 17)
The New Low (July 19 – August 13)
Wage War
With Confidence

MONSTER PARTY ZONE
Atreyu (July 19 – August 07)
Bullet For My Valentine (July 19-22)
Chelsea Grin
Coldrain
Crown The Empire
Cruel Hand
Every Time I Die
From Ashes To New
Gideon
Ice Nine Kills
In Hearts Wake
Motionless In White
Oceans Ate Alaska
The Color Morale
The Word Alive
Vanna
Veil Of Maya
Volumes (June 24 – July 17)
Whitechapel

JOURNEYS LEFT FOOT STAGE
Four Year Strong
New Found Glory
Set It Off
Sum 41 (June 26 – August 07)
Falling In Reverse
Good Charlotte (July 19-28)
Less Than Jake
Reel Big Fish
The Summer Set (July 30 – August 13)
We The Kings
Yellowcard

Charities for the 2016 Vans Warped Tour.

CHARITIES
Action For Animals
Can You Hear Me
Feed Our Children Now
Hope For The Day
Keep A Breast
Non Toxic Revolution
Music Saves Lives
Music Cares
Peta2
Support Tattoos And Piercings In The Workplace
To Write Love On Her Arms
Truth

But, if that wasn’t enough, Lyman has also announced that they will be hosting a charity auction for The Ghost Inside which will begin on May 19. TGI has also been confirmed to perform at the 2017 incarnation of the tour. We look forward to that!

Vans Warped Tour to Change Method of Artists Reveal

If you’ve ever been one of those people who looks forward to the weekly reveal of artists for the Vans Warped Tour, then things are about to change. This year, it appears that the full lineup for the 2016 edition of the Vans Warped Tour will be announced all at once. On Tuesday (March 1) the announcement was made that gone are the days of “Warped Wednesday,” which will now be replaced by one big announcement due to take place at media university, Full Sail.

The big announcement is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 22. When asked why he teamed up with Full sail University to make the announcement, Warped Tour head honcho, Kevin Lyman had the following to say: “Last year when I visited Full Sail, I was blown away by their facilities. To be able to use them for our artist announcement webcast is a perfect way to start our 2016 partnership.”

“Since 2012, Full Sail’s relationship with the Vans Warped Tour has led to numerous internship opportunities for our graduates in roles ranging from live audio production to content reporters throughout the multi-city concert tour,” said Full Sail University’s VP of Alumni Relations/Event Producer, Jay Noble. “We are honored to host the 2016 Vans Warped Tour Lineup Announcement event on our campus at Full Sail Live, and look forward to more incredible experiences at the Warped Tour this summer.”

In addition to the announcement, which will come via a webcast from Full Sail University, selected artists that will perform on the Vans Warped Tour will perform during the live webcast. Tickets for the traveling rock show will go on sale at 10 am on its website.But, if you happen to be anywhere near Full Sail University, there is a chance for you to see the webcast in person. As of now, there are a limited amount of free tickets available to catch the event live.

Vans Warped Tour Announces 2016 Route

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The 2015 Vans Warped Tour may have called it a year a few months back, but now, like promised the people behind the traveling rock show have unveiled their 2016 routing. On Monday (Dec. 14), the complete routing for the 2016 incarnation of the traveling festival was unveiled. In a surprising twist, the schedule for 2016 does not have a single Canadian tour stop unlike past years when Toronto was the sole Canadian stop.

This year also marks the first time the tour will visit Syracuse, NY and also the first time in over a decade that the traveling rock show’s stop in South Florida (West Palm Beach, Pompano Beach, and/or Miami) is not on a Saturday. It’s also interesting to point out how the tour will begin in Texas as opposed to all the other times when it begins and ends in California. In a nutshell, the touring route seems to be a hot mess.

Check out the newly released routing for the 2016 Vans Warped Tour below, though the venues have yet to be announced.

2016 VANS WARPED TOUR DATES:

June 24 – Dallas, TX
June 25 – San Antonio, TX
June 26 – Houston, TX
June 27 – New Orleans, LA
June 29 – Nashville, TN
June 30 – Atlanta, GA
July 1 – St. Petersburg, FL
July 2 – Orlando, FL
July 3 – West Palm Beach, FL
July 5 – Charlotte, NC
July 6 – Virginia Beach, VA
July 7 – Syracuse, NY
July 8 – Camden, NJ
July 9 – Wantagh, NY
July 10 – Hartford, CT
July 11 – Scranton, PA
July 13 – Mansfield, MA
July 14 – Darien Center, NY
July 15 – Pittsburgh, PA
July 16 – Columbia, MD
July 17 – Holmdel, NJ
July 19 – Indianapolis, IN
July 20 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 21 – Cincinnati, OH
July 22 – Detroit, MI
July 23 – Chicago, IL
July 24 – Shakopee, MN
July 26 – Milwaukee, WI
July 27 – St. Louis, MO
July 28 – Bonners Spring, KS
July 30 – Salt Lake City, UT
July 31 – Denver, CO
Aug. 2 – Oklahoma City, OK
Aug. 3 – Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 5 – San Diego, CA
Aug. 6 – San Francisco, CA
Aug. 7 – Pomona, CA
Aug. 9 – Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 11 – Boise, ID
Aug. 12 – Auburn, WA
Aug. 13 – Portland, OR

Lineup announcements and tickets sales will reportedly happen in March 2016.

Warped Tour Founder Speaks About Possible Age Restriction

The 2015 Vans Warped Tour will forever be known as the year that sexual allegations and harassment claims marred its reputation. For years, the worst things that had been said about the traveling rock show was how the lineup “sucks” and how all the bands “blow.” This year, things took a turn for the worse with all the allegations surfacing on the internet since before the tour even officially began.

Now that this year’s disgraced incarnation of the tour has come to an end, founder Kevin Lyman has spoken out about one main suggestion he might put into effect in order to secure the safety of future concert-goers.

In an interview with The Stranger, Seattle’s “only newspaper,” Lyman revealed a plan to put an age restriction on the tour.

“Next year we’re going to have no kids on the tour,” he explained to the publication. “It’s going to be really tough if you want to be on this tour and are 21 and under. Whether it’s the artist, crew… anyone.”

At first glance it would appear that Lyman meant that there will be an age restriction for those who want to go to the shows alongside the artists and crew. The tour founder later cleared his statement on Twitter by telling those concerned that the age restriction would only be for the bands and crew members working the tour.

The massive clean up comes on the heels of a lot of backlash Lyman got from how he dealt with all the sexual allegations from those involved with the tour.

The worse offense being when he allowed Front Porch Step aka Jake McElfresh to perform at the Acoustic Basement tent in Nashville. The singer has been pulled from the lineup following allegations of sexual harassment against underage girls. But for those attending the Nashville date, they were surprise and shocked when, without any notice, McElfresh was added to the stage lineup.

To say no one was amused by the turn of events was an understatement; artists scheduled to perform on that stage that day dropped off almost immediately and took to Twitter and other forms of social media to get the word out.

Back in May, another Warped Tour-bound band, Set It Off announced that they had kicked out their bassist after finding out that he had been making sexual innuendos around female fans, inappropriately touched others, and sent weird messages online to females.

Then, there was YouTuber Austin Jones who was kicked off the tour for allegedly asking girls to send him videos of themselves twerking because it would “make him happy.” He also lied about his age at the time. Jones’ antics almost resulted in all the YouTubers being kicked off the tour completely, but Lyman quickly revealed he acted irrationally and allowed all but Jones back on the  tour. (Personal note: the tour could have done without them.)

But if those cases weren’t enough, a couple of weeks before the tour concluded, another 2015 Warped Tour band, Slaves was kicked off the tour when it was reported that frontman Jonny Craig had harassed the band’s merchandise worker while drunk. Immediately after it was reported, there was a town hall meeting scheduled and Slaves was kicked off the tour. Soon after the incident, they were dropped by their booking agency and all their 2015 tour dates were suspended.

While we have no suggestions as to how this can all be remedied, it will be interesting to see how Warped Tour 2016 will try to avoid all the bad press and missteps it has encountered this past summer. Even though we have been going to these shows since we were 15 years old, it might be a good idea to put an age restriction on it (see Ultra Music Festival).

From experience, 15-year-olds are not exactly known for thinking straight when the lead singer of their favorite band is right there and some scuzzy guy is offering to let you meet them for “a price.” But that’s just our perspective on the matter.

Slaves Issue Statement About Removal From Warped Tour

For anyone who attended the Vans Warped Tour during the past week, noticeably, there was a band missing from the line-up: Slaves.

The Jonny Craig-led group was quietly taken off the line-up and almost as fast as that hit the web, rumors began including the one in which the band was kicked off because they were caught selling drugs from their merchandise tent.

Turns out, the group was allegedly dismissed from the traveling rock show due to Craig harassing the band’s merchandise worker while drunk, which, reportedly, was in violation of their contract.

Instead of keeping the group on the tour, it was voted during the tour’s Town Hall Meeting that Craig and the rest of Slaves were to be removed from the remaining dates.

Slaves have now taken to the internet to issue a statement about their removal from Warped Tour.

“I’m going to keep this as short as i can, first i’m going to address the rumors that are NOT true.

There were NOT drugs involved nor was anyone in our band looking to buy, or sell drugs.

There was NO RAPE or any forceful sexual harassment, no woman was ever touched or even spoken to, just felt uncomfortable by our behavior.

We NEVER agreed to Warped Tour, Or to Colleen that we would not drink on this tour.

We did NOT empty our non existent sewage tank from our bus all over

Let me make it clear that we are not continuing Warped Tour because we were voted off because the opinions of certain people who believe that since Jonny drank, despite his success getting clean, will lead to his relapse.

This band has been under a microscope for everything we have done, we have had to bite our tongue for every completely twisted story that hits the internet, and are now being called rapists for something the internet doesn’t know about, all of this is because of what people have read about Jonny’s past instead of what people KNOW about who Jonny is.

We aren’t the people you have read about, if you would take the chance to get to know us you would see that every situation isn’t what you read of it online.

Our first merch person was a very attractive girl whom remains to be our very good friend. You can read her statement here: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sn3q90

We stood by jonnys side the last year, we stood by his side last night and we will stand by his side this morning. because we KNOW the truth.

This is all we are going to say about this situation.

cheers”

My Top Five Acts to Check Out on Vans Warped Tour 2015

With the 2015 Vans Warped Tour beginning today in Ponoma, CA, the long list of artists taking the medley of stages might be a little daunting for first timers and even some who are proud veterans; take it from someone who has been going to the punk rock festival for the past decade.

It might seem like every publication might do the same “top five/ten acts to check out,” and we’re going to do that as well, but with our personal connections as to why we’re excited to see them.

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SILVERSTEIN:

Silverstein’s sophomore album, Discovering the Waterfront, turned ten this year, so they went on a massive tour that saw the Canadian band go all over the United States, Canada, and even across the pond to Europe to celebrate the momentous occasion. For someone who grew up right smack in the middle of the “emo era,” title track “Discovering the Waterfront” still makes me tear up while the album, as a whole, can still be played from front to back with me singing along to every single line.

Sadly, like some of the acts that are on my personal list, I have lost touch with them, but DTW and Arrivals and Departures are still albums I listen to today.

After seeing them this past February for the anniversary tour (frontman Shane Told’s vocals/screams sounded just like the album and the band were on point), it made me once again fall in love with them and their sound. With their recently released brand new album, it will be nice to see if I could once again relive my crazy hair colored teenage years, but ten years later with the brand new album. Plus, it would be cool to be in the front screaming along with every song because I couldn’t get anywhere near them earlier this year.

New Album: I Am Alive in Everything I Touch (May 19 // Rise Records)

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SENSES FAIL:

Senses Fail fell right in line with all the other bands that I qualify as my favorites (My Chemical Romance, The Used, etc.). I honestly got into them after hearing the remixed version of “Bite to Break Skin” on the Underworld: Evolution Soundtrack and loved “Rum is for Drinking Not for Burning.” I immediately went out and got their From the Depths of Dreams EP at Best Buy, had my friend burn me a copy of Let it Enfold You from her brother’s stash, and bought Still Searching when it came out.

After Still Searching, my interest in them kind of went away which sucked since I was so into the first three records and even made it my mission to see them at the last Warped Tour they played (2012). Now, with their new album which sounds a lot heavier than the other material, I’m actually excited for it. I didn’t give Renacer a chance, but I’m starting to think it might be time to revisit their discography and give chances to the albums I snubbed.

P.S.: Senses Fail will always hold a place in my heart. They were the first band I saw at my first ever Vans Warped Tour in 2005. I was with my older cousin and he had no idea who was on stage at the moment (we hadn’t reached the schedule yet). I told him Senses Fail and he asked me if I was sure. They began to play “Rum is For Drinking” and I began to sing along to it. I think he knew the answer to that.

New album: Pull the Thorns from Your Heart (June 30 // Pure Noise Records)

MATCHBOOK ROMANCE:

Matchbook Romance is a group that Fuse used to play all the time, well more specifically Steven Smith on his show Steven’s Untitled Rock Show which was my Holy Grail of music in high school. I remember watching the videos for “Promise” and “My Eyes Burn” all the time.

When they came out with “Monsters” (it was on 2006’s Voices) that instantly became a Halloween staple for me. I don’t know if it was the crazy music video with all the black goo or the song itself, but I can’t go a single Halloween without playing that song at least twice. I spent two Halloweens as a DJ at my college radio station and that was my number one song on “Erica’s Creepy Halloween Mix” (I know, I need to work on the name).

I may not be as connected to them as I am with Senses Fail or Silverstein, but the fact that they were one of the major bands during the “emo era” and I still know all the words to “My Eyes Burn,” that should be some kind of indication as to the impression they left on me. Plus, they went on hiatus in 2007 and announced they had reunited late last year. This is momentous.

Excuse me while I go listen to Stories and Alibis until my Warped Tour stop on the Fourth of July.

New album: None yet. At least we think.

MAN OVERBOARD:

I saw the pop-punk saviors a few years ago when their last album Heart Attack was released. At the time, their name was all over the place and I saw that their merchandise had “defend pop-punk” (a genre of music I tend to gravitate to) all over it, so I decided to give Heart Attack a chance. Good idea.

I ended up having the album in my car for the complete Summer with “Open Season” on a continuous loop. It was only this year that I realized that Thursday’s Geoff Rickly was also on the track (keeping it in the New Jersey family, we guess). I know, stupid.

My new-found like for them got so bad that Summer, that I’m pretty sure I drove my friend nuts at Warped, telling her that we NEEDED to see Man Overboard, but if she had a band she wanted to see during their set, I would leave her for Man Overboard. No problem at all.

Now, it’s been two years since Heart Attack was released and their new record Heavy Love is on the horizon. With several songs already out on the internet, some which I already like, it would be good to see if lightning could strike twice with them, at least with me.

New album: Heavy Love (June 30 // Rise Records)

PIERCE THE VEIL:

If you would have told me a year ago that I would know ever single word to every Pierce the Veil song, I would have probably laughed in your face. Call it my elitist self coming out to play. I didn’t want to listen to Pierce the Veil because like most people who looked down on me when my favorite band was constantly on MTV and Fuse, I thought it was all a fluke and fangirls making a mediocre band huge. Sucks to be proved wrong.

Thanks to All Time Low’s “A Love Like War” that features vocals from frontman Vic Fuentes and Pandora constantly playing “I’m Low on Gas and You Need a Jacket,” I decided to give the San Diego dudes a shot. Long story short, I’ve had Selfish Machines on repeat for the past three months (“Million Dollar Houses(The Painter)” is my favorite and “Besitos” is a close second).

Funniest part about this twist of fate? I was looking through some old photos on MySpace and came upon some pictures of old Warped Tour signing schedules. There, on a dry erase board was Pierce the Veil on the list for meet and greets early in the day. Kind of cool to see them go from a small stage like the Hurley stage to being a headliner this year.

New album: Nothing about a new album yet, but they did release a new single this morning.

Those are the top five acts that I’m looking forward to, but don’t let that short list fool you; there are a slew of more artists I can’t wait to check out this Summer. As of now, the list has reached over 20-something.

So who are you looking forward to?