POZ Warped Tour Preview: Our Must-See Bands And Acts

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 5, 2013

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It’s that special time of year; Christmas Warped Tour is almost here. You know what that means, right? It means that we’re all about to get really sweaty on pavement and dirt, but it’s worth it, isn’t it? Of course it is.

Warped Tour kicks off next Saturday, and the PropertyOfZack has put together Our Must-See Bands And Acts for this summer’s traveling circus of our musical heartbeat. We’ll be having tons of pre-Warped coverage over the next 10 or so days, so be sure to keep up with us. Check out SideOneDummy’s Warped Tour comp here and reblog and let us know who we need to see at Warped as well!

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Man Overboard
These guys deserve a spot in any Warped Tour preview, if for no other reason than that the “Defend Pop Punk” tee has become the unofficial uniform of sweaty Summer afternoons in dusty parking lots. But if Man Overboard might be better known for their style than their substance, the newly released LP Heart Attack is a solid step towards flipping that equation.  With bang-up first week sales numbers, it seems the band’s music might finally be catching up to their logo in popularity; catch their set and find out for yourself. - Jesse Richman

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August Burns Red
Year after year, Warped Tour serves up a slew of metalcore outfits to eager onlookers, but many of those bands prove to be nothing more than the next flavor of the week. This summer, one band will once again break the mold. Armed with a new album (Rescue & Restore, in stores June 25 via Solid State Records), August Burns Red will once again grace Warped Tour’s stage all summer long, captivating audiences with their immaculate blend of aggression and technical wizardry.

Rarely short on energy, the veteran quintet will be making their third appearance on the annual summer circus. Known largely for their ability to replicate studio recordings with precision and poise in a live setting, August Burns Red are a sight to be seen. Promising an inspiring, high-powered performance bound to get hearts racing, the metalcore outfit simply must not be missed. - Brandon Allin

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Citizen
When heading out to Warped this summer, the band at the top of your must-see list should be Citizen, especially if you like to tell your friends that you “listened to that band before they were huge.” Citizen is going to be larger than life. 

Their LP “Youth,” set for release on June 11 via Run For Cover Records (although after some unexpected events, it is now currently available on Bandcamp for $5) is going to be groundbreaking for this band and for this music scene. The album shows that these guys have been working hard to make something amazing to being to the table, and they definitely did. You’ll be able to pick this release up well before your local Warped Tour date, so make sure you do; then go check these guys on the Kevin Says stage all summer. Not doing so would be a huge mistake and just plain dumb. Brittany Oblak 

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RDGLDGRN
Like the combination of Old Bay seasoning and french fries, RDGLDGRN makes two things that seem like they’re totally wrong for each other work. Based outside of Washington, D.C., RDGLDGRN is a group that blends hip-hop music and indie rock together. Members of RDGLDGRN hide their identities as RED (guitar), GOLD (bass and vocals), and GREEN (vocals and guitar). The group has also collaborated with with Pharrell Williams (N.E.R.D.) and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana). 

This year, RDGLDGRN released their debut EP, “Red Gold Green,” which features their breakout singles “I Love Lamp” and “Million Fans.” (“Hey O” is my personal favorite.) RDGLDGRN may be new on the scene, but they’re going to blow up by next year as they continue to impress audiences across the nation. This is the group that everyone should have their eyes on at Warped Tour. - Sydney Gore

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Motion City Soundtrack
Vans Warped Tour veterans Motion City Soundtrack are set to make their first appearance on the tour in three years, and the Minnesotan rockers are high on my must-see list. Since the release of their debut LP, I Am The Movie, more than ten years ago, Motion City Soundtrack has been one of the most consistent bands in the scene, with one of the most devoted fan bases to match. Catch a Motion City Soundtrack set and you’ll quickly see why: their shows are lively, engaging, and intensely passionate in a way that is difficult to describe to someone who has never experienced it firsthand. 

With the recent departure of original drummer Tony Thaxton, it’ll be interesting to see how the band’s onstage dynamics have changed. Will Thaxton’s absence leave fans feeling slighted? Hopefully not. Thaxton will surely be missed, but between Jesse Johnson’s signature Moog stands and Justin Pierre’s quirky and eccentric stage presence, Motion City Soundtrack still has plenty to offer. There is nothing more exhilarating than being in a crowd during fan favorites like “Everything Is Alright” and “The Future Freaks Me Out.” - Becky Kovach

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letlive.
Every year there seems to be a band or two that emerges from one of the other stages that draws crowds bigger than some Main Stage bands. If you ask me, this year’s odds-on favorite for that title is letlive. With a new album due out in the middle of the tour (The Blackest Beautiful, due out July 9), and a slew of new fans made from opening for Underoath and Pierce the Veil earlier this year, there’s a perfect storm brewing for letlive. to emerge as the superstars of this year’s Warped Tour. The band’s live show is one that’s not to be missed, especially for vocalist Jason Aalon Butler, who is a figurative and literal force of nature on stage —the band behind him is just as crazy. Whether you’re checking out how the new jams sound, moshing to your favorites from Fake History (I’m hoping for “Muther”), or just checking to see what all of the buzz is about, letlive. needs to be at the top of your list of bands to see at Warped Tour this year. - Donald Wagenblast 

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Chiodos
It wasn’t long ago that Chiodos were among the scene’s largest draws. Still, it felt like the sound Craig Owens and Co. pioneered — chaotic, proggy post-everything bolstered by soaring vocal melodies — hit its peak during the band’s darkest time, when a rift between Owens and his former bandmates led to a temporary separation and substandard work from both sides. Now reunited, can Chiodos regain their throne from the likes of acts like Sleeping With Sirens, who took Chiodos’ sonic influence to the next level (at least commercially) in their stead? If we’re lucky, each will push the other to their best as they spend the summer slugging it out in parking lots across America.Jesse Richman

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Allison Weiss
On a tour saturated with bands boasting full-frontal breakdowns, blustering fashion sense, or general over-the-top-ness, it can be difficult to sift through the assault of musical stimulation to find the gems of the lineup that will really make your day. Allow me to point you to Allison Weiss, the charming singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, who will be assuming a spot on one of the newest stages to establish itself at Warped. Weiss will set up shop this summer on the Acoustic Basement stage, alongside acts like Vinnie Caruana, William Beckett and Matt Embree, as well as plenty of other stripped down acts. 

Anyone who’s seen Weiss in the past can attest to the fact that the earnest nature of her music shines through in a live setting, bare-faced and bright in a way that’s unmatched by many of her contemporaries. Such a genuine attitude combined with airtight pop songs played with conviction, a little folk, and a lot of feeling set Allison Weiss apart as an artist truly worth making some time for at your Warped Tour stop, at the very least for a little reprieve from the barrage of metalcore and bad haircuts. - Adrienne Fisher

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William Beckett
The Academy Is… were mainstays of the Warped Tour scene, but it feels like the three excellent solo EPs former frontman William Beckett released last year only caught the attention of the band’s diehards. If they flew under your radar, this summer is the perfect opportunity to get yourself back up to speed before the release of his upcoming debut full-length. The Acoustic Basement stage might not be the best showcase for some of Beckett’s talents (it was his inventive, enthusiastic arrangements that made last year’s trio of EPs so special), but it’s the perfect forum for his always entertaining stage banter.Jesse Richman

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Goldfinger
I’m a sucker for late 90s pop punk, and one of the quintessential hit-makers of the era is Goldfinger, who soundtracked my middle school afternoons trying to land tricks on Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4. (Man, some levels in that game were tough.) So if anyone is still grumping that this year’s lineup doesn’t hold a candle to Warped Tour’s glory days, they should probably remember that John Feldmann and friends wrote “Spokesman” and “Superman” and are  responsible for punking up Nena’s “99 Red Balloons” and The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.” The band will definitely bring some of that old-school spirit and punk rock passion and fit right in with the new blood on tour. Nostalgia, here we come. - Erik van Rheenen

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Reel Big Fish
Sure, they’re down to two original members. Sure, ska is dead. Sure, they haven’t had a hit in over a decade. You can make any excuse you like to skip Reel Big Fish’s set this summer — just know that you’re depriving yourself of the most fun half hour you’ll have all year. With goofy songs, goofy horns, and goofy stage antics galore, Reel Big Fish sets are more party than performance, and you can be damned sure we’ll be in the pit skanking up a cloud of dust with smiles on our faces when they roll through town.Jesse Richman

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For The Foxes
An emerging band on the pop rock scene, For The Foxes will be gracing the Tilly’s stage this summer. The New Jersey natives just released a new single, “Son of a Gun,” which was featured on MTV’s Buzzworthy. The Hopeless Records band is just short of five years old and put on a fun show. Take a break from the plethora of pop punk on this year’s Warped Tour, check out For The Foxes, and get your groove on. - Ashley Dean

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Matt Embree
The Rx Bandits frontman has worn a ton of different hats during his career — he was the Walrus (koo koo ka choo?) in The Sounds of Animals Fighting, released a solo album under the name Love You Moon, and plays in experimental band Biceratops, just to name a few. With the Bandits back in action, this summer is the perfect time to catch Embree spinning yarns at the Acoustic Basement tent; with as many projects to his name as he has, his set will most
likely be as eclectic as it is captivating. Heck, with a covers EP on the way (covering staples from The Police to Weezer to King Crimson), nothing’s out of question for the forward-thinking frontman to tackle. Fingers crossed for an acoustic rendition of “Surf Wax America,” a song Rx Bandits rocked on the Skate And Surf Festival main stage. - Erik van Rheenen

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Gin Wigmore
Each year, Kevin Lyman throws his audience at least one curveball. In 2013, it comes in the form of spunky Kiwi singer-songwriter Gin Wigmore. Though Wigmore’s got two #1 albums and five New Zealand Music Awards (the equivalent of our Grammys), she’s a relative unknown in North America: for now. Don’t expect it to stay that way for long — her fiery, Amy Winehouse-esque take on jazzy, bluesy pop is as winning as her outsized personality. Catch her this summer, and consider yourself ahead of the curve.

Bonus fact: if you’re a fan of The Reign Of Kindo, catch Wigmore’s set and you might spot a couple familiar faces amongst her backing ensemble. Jesse Richman

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    This is pretty close to the list I had for bands I was going to try to see. I’m getting really excited as warped tour...
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    Ugh I have read sooo many of these lists and Falling In Reverse is never in them
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    Who are you guys excited to see on Warped this summer?
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