Part summer camp, part boot camp, part punk rock rite of passage, the Warped Tour is the music festival season’s most unforgiving endurance test.
Mostly taking place on a series of stages erected in parking lots with little relief from the skin-bubbling sun, the teen-centric extreme sports and music marathon is a good way to get seriously baked without any illicit substances required.
Now in its 19th year, Warped started out with a punk-heavy lineup, but has since evolved into something decidedly more metallic and diffuse.
There’s 101 metalcore bands on the bill this go-round (Bring Me the Horizon, Memphis May Fire, Chiodos, August Burns Red, Like Moths to Flames, to name a few) along with mascara-mad rockers (Black Veil Brides), emo mainstays (Hawthorne Heights, Motion City Soundtrack) and a growing number of electronic dance music artists (Run DMT, Kairo Kingdom, Goldhouse).
For some counterprogramming, we recommend death metallers The Black Dahlia Murder, here’s hoping for a nice crowd singalong to the band’s “Evil Dead”-inspired “Raped in Hatred by Vines of Thorn” from their new virulent disc, “Everblack,” the kazoo-abetted power pop of Beebs and Her Money Makers, the working class ska of Big D and the Kids Table, the nerdy, literate hip-hop of MC Lars and the sugar-buzzed punk of Emily’s Army, whose latest album was produced by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, himself a Warped Tour survivor, that grizzled breed.
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