Hey, The Kids Like It

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, Mayhem Fest and Uproar Fest).

The exception to this is the Vans Warped Tour, which has seen tons of festivals come and go during its insane 20-year run. While its roots are in punk and hardcore bands, Warped has survived by changing with the times; the harder stuff is still there, but there's also the poppier stuff and the electronic stuff too. While they don't book big headliners, year in and year out Warped manages to book a solid enough lineup that kids sweat all day in the sun to scream along while their parents hide in the Adult Day Care or what little shade exists.

If you found yourself looking at this year's lineup and realizing you didn't know a single band on it, don't fear. If you can escape from the office today (or you're catching the live stream they have up), here are some bands worth losing your water weight for.

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Cory Garcia is a Contributing Editor for the Houston Press. He once won an award for his writing, but he doesn't like to brag about it. If you're reading this sentence, odds are good it's because he wrote a concert review you don't like or he wanted to talk pro wrestling.
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