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Warped Tour

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    June 16, 2014

    20 Truths That You Realize at the Vans Warped Tour

    The little Summer music festival that refuses to call it quits kicked off year 20 with a warm day in Houston. This city and Warped have a special relationship at this point: the tour either starts or ends here, which means for a lot of folks Summer starts or ends in Houston. It's hard to say which i ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    20 Bands to Check Out at the 20th Vans Warped Tour

    In the last 20 years we've seen a lot of summer tours come and go. What was once a semi-thriving industry that saw a tour for every type of music fan under the sun is now a handful of radio-rock festivals where the band names change but the music sounds the same (yeah, we're talking about you, Mayhe ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    MC Chris Is In Town; Maybe He'll Come Over

    Rapper MC Chris has a significant and sometimes intensely personal relationship with his fans. How personal? He's been known to crash fans' house parties or just stop by to play video games. He includes them in T-shirt design and remix competitions on his Web site. He reaches out to them to help f ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    10 Perfect Cover Songs For 10 Houston Bands

    Every one of the acts listed here writes fine, original music. They're too busy creating Houston's sound to be bothered with cover songs. That's a good thing. Still, a man can dream, right? In fact, this whole exercise began when I fell asleep listening to a song and dreamed a local band performi ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    18 Things I Learned In Two Hours at the 2013 Vans Warped Tour's Final Stop

    Last year I wrote a love letter to nostalgia disguised as a discussion of the Warped Tour. True, much like how your first love always has a small part of your heart (or so the cliché goes), part of my summers will always belong to the touring ball of chaos known as Warped, but what I wrote was as m ... More >>

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    August 2, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Truth & Salvage Co., Courtney Love, Vans Warped Tour, Girls Rock Camp Showcase, etc.

    Truth and Salvage Co. Fitzgerald's, August 2 You might expect a band discovered by Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson to be a little on the wooly side, and you wouldn't be disappointed in Truth & Salvage Co. Although the five-piece is now based in Nashville, Robinson found them in L.A., which expla ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012
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    October 29, 2012

    Something Wicked: 10 More Notes From Saturday's Festival

    Much to my editor's annoyance, I have a bad tendency of overwriting. [Not true -- ed.] This comes from an obsessive need to take as many notes as possible so that when it comes time to write my concert reviews I don't run out of things to talk about. Rewind: Saturday: Something Wicked Festival at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Kidney Trouble Forces Rapper P.O.S. to Cancel Tour

    Rapper P.O.S. -- real name Stefon Alexander -- has canceled his anticipated fall tour because of health reasons; namely, he says, his need for a new kidney. In a YouTube video released this past week, the Minneapolis-bred artist got fans up to speed on his trials, saying he's been on dialysis for a ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    The 10 Best Houston Concerts of the Summer

    How awesome was that cool front that blew through this past Saturday? Finally, your average Houston afternoon has gone from being a blast furnace to mildly toasty, while the mornings and evenings have become sublime. Hey, we'll take it. This must be what they call "fall," so it seemed like the perfe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    The Same but Different: The 2012 Vans Warped Tour at Reliant Center

    "I couldn't wait for the summer and the Warped Tour," sang Blink-182, echoing many of my own thoughts as the school year would come to a close. I'm not a hot-weather person, but for a few years at the end of the '90s and the start of the '00s I looked forward to the Warped Tour as much as I did Hall ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012
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    June 15, 2012

    The Best Fathers Day Gift: 24 Hours Without Dubstep

    This Sunday is a big day. For our dads, that is. It's Fathers Day, and whether we have daddy issues or not, we have to admit that we children put their dads through a lot. They helped change our diapers (hopefully, if not poor mom), they killed spiders for us (my dad still does), but best of all, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Curated Festivals and the Changing Face of Summer Entertainment

    While most Texans are spending their Friday counting down to ACL or speculating about the Fun Fun Fun Fest line up, I find myself thinking about a festival north of our fair state. We're halfway through June and that means that the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos infomercial should be dropping any da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    This Grandpa Only Knows Five Bands On This Year's Warped Tour

    It's my job to have at least a passing knowledge of what most bands and artists sound like. In my one of seven capacities here at the paper, I am in charge of music listings, those things in the back of the paper that tell you what is happening every week. (While I am on the subject, I need let yo ... More >>

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    December 26, 2011

    Chafing 101: Rocks Off's 2011 Music Festival Odyssey

    Music festivals are now a part of our lives, just like deadlines, angry commenters, lack of sleep, and eye fatigue. And eating at our desk. That sucks. But at least we have food and a desk, right? Rocks Off ventured all over the state -- OK, really mostly Austin -- to cover festivals for the blog. ... More >>

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    August 25, 2011
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    August 25, 2011
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    June 27, 2011

    Saturday: Vans Warped Tour At Sam Houston Race Park

    Photos by Matthew KeeverSimple Plan​Vans Warped Tour The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park June 25, 2011 As we made our way into the barren, asphalt-covered desert that was Warped Tour 2011, Aftermath was stopped by a young woman standing just outside the gates. "If I give you my number, ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Our All-Time Fantasy Vans Warped Tour Lineup

    Photos by Marc BrubakerWarped Tour 2010​Since 1996, the Vans Warped Tour has been a staple of punk and youth culture all over the world, uniting kids of all stripes under the violent heat of the sun one day out of the year in cities across the map. The traveling festival is responisble for bre ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011
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    March 24, 2011
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    July 5, 2010

    Friday: The (Very Wet) Vans Warped Tour At Sam Houston Race Park

    Photos by Marc BrubakerTyson Ritter of the All-American Rejects​Vans Warped Tour Sam Houston Race Park July 2, 2010 As they always have, teenagers get a bad rap these days. In our minds, any kid who was willing to brave the dirty side of Hurricane Alex on Friday afternoon to see their favorit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    How To Survive The Summer Concert Season

    ​You may be saying, "Rocks Off, how can you guys be doing a summer concert tips blog when it's almost July?" Well, imaginary naysayer who just had an imaginary conversation with us, here in Houston summer lasts until the trannies off Pacific Street start wearing two pairs of Spanx, which is ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010
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    June 3, 2010
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    April 9, 2010

    Lady Gaga Sells Out In 6 Minutes; July 26 Show Added; Don't Forget Jack Johnson

    ​Just in time to rob you of your hard-earned tax refunds, the summer concert season is finally here. Yes, you will be forgoing oil changes, dye jobs and tuition payments for the next few months to afford everything coming through Houston. Thank God for that too, because we were starting to wonder ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    More Breaking Touring News: Vans Warped Tour 2010 Houston Stop Includes Andrew WK, All-American Rejects, Etc.

    Katharine ShilcuttA pensive Andrew WK at Rachael Ray's 2010 SXSW party.​ Earlier today, Sam Houston Race Park announced the Houston date for this year's edition of the Vans Warped Tour. The long-running punk-rock/emo summer tour hits the northwest side July 2. Start hydrating now. The festival has ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009
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    July 6, 2009

    Aftermath: Vans Warped Tour at Sam Houston Race Park

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty Aiden stirred up the moshers on a sizzling afternoon. For anyone out there thinking that kids don't care about music anymore, or that all they want out of it is illegal downloads and faux guitars connected to gaming consoles, Rocks Off would like to kindly direct you t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2009

    Flipping Out: Aiden At The Vans Warped Tour

    We are currently nursing one hell of a sun hangover, but we have a video from yesterday's Vans Warped Tour to hold you over until Monday morning. Have a safe and happy Independence Day from all of us at Rocks Off. Warning: This contains sweat, cursing, dust, and a whole lotta teenage vitriol. ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009

    Houston's Rememberances of Warped Tours Past

    For the past 15 years, the Vans Warped Tour has been barreling through city after city across the globe creating punk rockers out of boy scouts and riot grrls out of band geeks. The traveling punk, hardcore and emo road show has been coming to Houston since 1995. The first taste local punks got of f ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009

    Flannel File: The Descendents

    One hot morning in August of 1997, my little brother and I hopped on MARTA (Mom wouldn't let me use the car) and moseyed on down to the Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta for the third-ever Warped Tour. Should the writer of a column about experimental music be ashamed of having gone to the Warped Tour ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009
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    January 15, 2009
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    January 7, 2009

    Local Rotation: Something Fierce's There Are No Answers

    Something Fierce There Are No Answers www.somethingfiercemusic.com Open letter to the Warped Tour: If you don't include Something Fierce on your 2009 80-something band docket, you deserve to have Andy Macdonald or Kyle Loza do one of their extreme-sports stunts right into your figurativ ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008

    MC Chris

    Hip-hop funny man hits Houston

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    July 7, 2008

    Slideshow: The Vans Warped Tour at Sam Houston Race Park

    Fearless field correspondent Craig Hlavaty went almost all the way to Spring to send us these dispatches from the Vans Warped Tour yesterday...

  • Music

    July 12, 2007

    American Idols Live

    Which megatour is really more punk rock?

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    August 10, 2006
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    June 29, 2006

    Punk-o-Rama

    Our intrepid reporters set out to experience the Vans Warped Tour -- so you don't have to

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    July 28, 2005

    Strhess Tour, with Darkest Hour, Bleeding Through, Misery Signals, Zao and Fight Paris

    Sunday, July 31, at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717.

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    June 23, 2005

    Warped Minds

    A day at punk rock's biggest summer tour takes more than just stamina

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    December 2, 2004
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    June 24, 2004

    Rock and Roll High School

    Vans Warped, Class of '04

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    July 31, 2003

    Everything Old Is New Again

    What do punks the Dropkick Murphys have in common with soulful Norah Jones? More than you think.

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    June 27, 2002

    Vans Warped Tour

    Saturday, June 29

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    March 28, 2002

    Flogging Molly

    Friday, March 29

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    November 11, 1999

    Bored? Tired?...

    L7 delivers a message of defiance to all those prepackaged rockers

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