POZ Discussion: The Don’t Miss Tours This Spring

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 14, 2013

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We know Warped Tour is steadily approaching, but there are too many great tours this spring to not boast about before a summer of fun. Whether it’s Man Overboard and The Story So Far, All Time Low and Pierce The Veil, The Wonder Years, Circa Survive, or The Summer Set, there’s a little something for everyone this upcoming season. We decided to put together a new PropertyOfZack Discussion on all the “must see” tours this spring, so check them out below and feel free to reblog with the tours you can’t wait to see!

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The Suppy Nation Tour
The Suppy Nation Tour is a little preview of the best of the 2013 Warped Tour lineup, and it has one of the best bills of the season. Man Overboard and The Story So Far are both on the cusp of taking their success and fan bases to the next level. The tour not only features a great lineup, but is also a no-brainer for the co-headliners to solidify their crowds together before conquering Warped Tour. The American Scene and Citizen are also going to be a great openers for fans of either band to sink their teeth into for the first time. And while Tonight Alive may seem like a strange band in the three spot, you have to give both Man Overboard and The Story So Far credit for trying to bring different from the norm out to their shows. - Zack Zarrillo

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All Time Low, Pierce The Veil, Mayday Parade, You Me At Six
Overkill, or pure genius? This is arguably the “best” tour of the spring. Even if you detest one or all four of the bands, there’s just no arguing that this bill provides the most bang for its buck. All Time Low and Pierce The Veil could sell out these venues on their own, but adding Mayday Parade and You Me At Six is a double scoop of extra frosting for most fans of either band. 

All Time Low have stuck to pop-rock and pop-punk touring bills for years now, but branching out into more of a “core” scene with Pierce The Veil’s fan base is incredibly smart, and it would be shocking if they didn’t walk away from the tour with a large amount of new fans. Same goes for Pierce The Veil as they’ll swoop up pop-rock fans who haven’t been opening to listening to “harder” music before. This tour is also a steal and great build up for Mayday and You Me before they record and release their next albums. - Zack Zarrillo

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The Wonder Years, Fireworks, Hostage Calm, Misser
Last year’s Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour saw The Wonder Years playing third fiddle to genre heavyweights New Found Glory and Set Your Goals. But on arguably the biggest pop-punk tour of this spring, The Wonder Years earned their role as headliner. Fans can cross their fingers for a new single to sing along with at shows, since the band’s tracking its fourth studio album with Steve Evetts right now. Hostage Calm is riding hot on the heels of 2012’s fantastic Please Remain Calm and Fireworks is penning the follow-up to still-stellar Gospel.

Sure, the Wonder Years will be taking the main stage at the Vans Warped Tour this summer, but this tour features a stronger supporting cast (sorry I’m not sorry, Black Veil Brides) and will make for a tune-up for the band (not that they need it- their live show is always tight and crisp). Even if you plan to check ‘em out at Warped too, don’t miss TWY this spring. - Erik van Rheenen

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The Summer Set, We Are The In Crowd, Go Radio, For The Foxes
With the release of their third full length looming on the horizon, this might be The Summer Set’s last headliner for a while. Thanks to the longer set time, the Wake Up And Be Awesome Tour  should be one of the rare opportunities to hear the band dig into deep cuts from their first two albums, and possibly even their early EPs. And if you’re looking for a preview of that upcoming album, you’re in luck — the pop quintet recently debuted a new track, “Maybe Tonight,” on a handful of UK tour dates. 

Along for the ride are boisterous pop-punks We Are The In Crowd, as well as the moodier Go Radio, back in a support slot after a headline tour of their own behind last fall’s Close The Distance. And be sure to arrive early for up-and-comers For The Foxes, one of ourPropertyOfZack Artists To Watch, as well as Summer Set biffles Paradise Fears.- Jesse Richman

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Bad Religion, Against Me!, Polar Bear Club
It’s a rare tour where the supporting cast is as exciting as its headliner, but with Polar Bear Club and Against Me! each respectively poised for a huge year, this is a tough tour to not get behind. Bad Religion, pop-punks granddaddies still kicking around since 1979, have been sharpening their stage presence for the past thirty-four years, and are no slouches. But Polar Bear Club absolutely slays live shows, and vocalist Jimmy Stadt’s frenetic stage presence alone is worth the price of admission.

And don’t forget about Against Me!, who are working on what should be a stellar concept album and will probably use the tour to flaunt some brand new jams. Punk is most definitely not dead: at the venues these bands will be hitting this spring, it’s anything but. - Erik van Rheenen 

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Circa Survive, Minus The Bear, Now Now
After a decade in the game, Circa Survive and Minus The Bear have each built large, near-cultish followings; the overlap between their two fanbases makes this co-headline tour a natural fit. Though both bands share a penchant for intricate guitar leads and a gift for atmosphere, the contrasts in their sounds — the former dynamic and expansive, the latter more insular and cerebral — should make for an exciting evening. And with each act playing a headline-length set, there should be plenty of time for them to air out their newest releases (Violent Waves and Infinity Overhead, respectively) without neglecting the hits.

Kicking off the proceedings are diminutive indie trio (and longtime PropertyOfZack favorites) Now, Now. The Chris Walla-cosigned act have been absolutely relentless road dogs since the release of their exceptional Threads last March, so they’re sure to be at the peak of their gentle powers on this stretch. - Jesse Richman

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Jonny Craig, Kurt Travis
This tour has all the makings of a train wreck on the surface, but if one digs beneath the dirt just a tad, a Jonny Craig - Kurt Travis tour is nothing new. The former Dance Gavin Dance singers have teamed up in the past, with Travis playing guitar and singing backup for the often-maligned Craig. Story lines abound as well. This is Craig’s first extended tour since completing rehab, first extended tour since leaving Dance Gavin Dance (again), and first extended tour in Europe in years. And at its most basic level, a Jonny Craig-Kurt Travis tour is sure to create new story lines along the way. - Michael Meeze

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The Revival Tour 
Let’s start with the brilliance of the concept of this tour. With 4 different ticket options (with flask, with picture disk, with lithograph and general admission) your entry cost gives you more bang for your buck. Admission cost not only snags you the chance to see Dave Hause (The Loved Ones), Tim Mellrath (Rise Against), Jenny O, Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Jenny Owen Youngs, Matt Pryor (Get Up Kids), Toh Kay (Streetlight Manifesto) and Rocky Votolato, it also snags you merch. - Josh Hammond

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Hands Like Houses, I The Mighty Road To SXSW Tour
In recent years, as pop-punk has scene a renaissance of sorts, we’ve witnessed the quiet demise of the once-mighty post-hardcore genre. However, the genre may be on rise once more. New bands such as Rise Records’ Hands Like Houses and Equal Vision Records’ I the Mighty are helping to resurrect post-hardcore. So it does not come as a shock that the bands have teamed up for a tour that is sure to showcase the future of the once-mighty genre. - Michael Meeze

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    Absolutely getting on that Polar Bear Club tour
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    No… I’m not driving all over the state and going to all of these (except the Johnny Craig and Hands Like Houses ones.....
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