Vans Warped Tour

Anyone out there thinking that kids don't care about music anymore – the kind of music without bass drops – we would like to kindly direct to the annual traveling rockstravaganza that is the Vans Warped Tour. More than 40 bands converge on a parking lot somewhere in Houston to play music to smelly suburban kids of all stripes for almost 12 hours. Each year the Warped Tour seems to be different; some years, the lineup is all newcomers and bands that only a teenager with a subscription to Alternative Press would know about, and then there are years like this, when every other band has been playing the festival for more than a decade. This year old-timers like New Found Glory and Yellowcard rub elbows with acts like Taylor Thrash and Neo Geo. Don't miss upstart UK group Skinny Lister, who fly their English folk-punk flag high. The only thing that seems to be missing this go-round is true dubstep, thankfully, but there is always next year.

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