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!
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
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
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
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
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.
RX Bandits will be releasing a new EP to add a little juice to their Resignation ten year tour. Check out the track listing and covers below after the jump.
RX Bandits Announce ‘Resignation’ Ten Year Reunion Tour
Skate And Surf Festival is three days away, and we hope you’re all as excited as we are for an incredible weekend at Six Flags in Jackson, NJ. We posted POZ’s Must See Bands And Acts for the first day of Skate yesterday, and we’re back today with day two! Check out ticket/lineup information for the festival here, our list below, and reblog to let us know who we need to see while we’re at Skate this weekend!
POZ Skate And Surf Preview: Our Must-See Bands And Acts (Day 1)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, by Sydney Gore
I have already had the pleasure of watching this dynamic duo perform live, so from my own personal experience, I can assure that they know how to show a crowd a good time. There’s so much more to the Seattle based rapper and producer than meets the eye—the same men who made the catchy, lighthearted tracks like “Thrift Shop” and “And We Danced” also speak out about social issues, such as marriage equality, in “Same Love.” The Heist was one of the most anticipated albums of the year, and since its release back in November, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have earned themselves quite a supportive following. Believe the hype, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis dish out lyrical poetry that does not disappoint.
Glassjaw, by Jesse Richman
Elusive post-hardcore veterans Glassjaw tend to keep a low profile these days; it’s been over a decade since the band released their last LP (though they continue to quietly release the occasional EP), and nearly as long since they played anything approaching a full-time touring schedule. Not that the infrequency of their performances shows in their stage work — ask anyone who’s had the luck to catch them in the last few years, and they’ll gladly let you know that Daryl Palumbo remains as dynamic a frontman as ever. These veterans of the original Skate And Surfs may be fighting an uphill battle against a crowd primed for Macklemore and A Day To Remember and too young to remember the band’s glory years, but Glassjaw are nothing if not fighters. Hopefully the crowd will understand what a rare treat they’re getting when the band takes the stage.
Rx Bandits, by Erik van Rheenen
Ten years after releasing The Resignation,the Drive-Thru standouts are putting the kibosh on their one-year hiatus with a return to Jersey. Nearly four years removed from their stellar full-length Mandala, the progressive rockers will shake off the rust and be back to their old proggy tricks. The elusive veterans haven’t played North American shows in more than a year, and in a day packed with nostalgia, (Glassjaw and Saves The Day, for starters) Rx Bandits will rock the Skate And Surf stage like it’s 2009.
MOD SUN, by Sydney Gore
Selecting two hip-hop artists from the lineup was a happy coincidence, but MOD SUN is definitely one of my favorites. The hippy-hop artist is all about being happy, spreading posi vibes, and living life to the fullest— or the highest. I guarantee that you’ll leave his set with a huge smile on your face and a fresher perspective on life. Anyone who wants to immerse themselves in a fun atmosphere needs to let MOD SUN be their guide.
Saves The Day, by Erik van Rheenen
We the fans can be big complainers. “This band didn’t play all the songs I wanted to hear.” “Where’s that obscure B-side from 2005?” “You guys always play the same set.” So Saves The Day cut out the middleman and had fans vote on the setlist, so even if they don’t play “Sell My Old Clothes, I’m Off To Heaven,” you at least had some say. A collection of fan favorites and deep cuts should be more than enough to pack the pit for Chris Conley and company — who knows? Maybe we’ll get a taste of some new tunes, too.
It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this winter and more are getting announced each week! Below you’ll find all the tours going on over the next few months, with newly announced tours listed above previously announced tours. So check out all the tours if you’ve missed any of them and make sure to mark them down on your calendars!
POZ Sponsored Shows
BoySetsFire, No Trigger, Pentimento, Light Years, Maker [05/24-05/26]
My Ticket Home, For All I Am [06/11-07/07]
RX Bandits [07/05-08/01]
From Indian Lakes, Tallhart [07/07-08/03]
Heart To Heart, Hundredth, Counterparts [07/12-08/02]
The National, Frightened Rabbit [09/08/09/22]
Previously Announced Tours:
We think $3 for an iPhone case is a pretty damn good deal.
Silence, the band who has seemingly been hacked by We Are Triumphant, sent a statement into POZ regarding the situation from their point of view.
The band has two one-off dates schedule for the US this year.
The Vans Warped Tour comp will be coming out on June 4th this year. So many songs.
Patrick Stump wrote a lengthy and heartfelt blog on the ten year anniversary of Take This To Your Grave. If you have any emotional ties to the record, this is for you.
Tom DeLonge apparently has time in between screenplays about aliens existing in his closet to write another new Angels & Airwaves record. Lets hope these songs are better than LOVE.
Hayley Williams has been sick for a week now, and it caused Paramore to cancel a show yesterday in Salt Lake City.
The Resignation performed in full will be traveling to a large venue near you this summer.
Yes, I never made a gold record. And I’ve never been…Oh forget it. You go, Andrew.
It looks like RX Bandits will be releasing a new EP in addition to going out on a ten year tour for a reunion. Check out details of a tour VIP package, which includes a new EP, below after the jump.
RX Bandits Announce ‘Resignation’ Ten Year Reunion Tour
Vinnie Caruana of I Am The Avalanche and Matt Embree of RX Bandits will be touring together this August and September. check out the dates below by clicking “Read More!”