Warped Tour 2014's five most interesting bands
This summer's Vans Warped Tour will boast some impressive and eclectic artists to draw fans of punk, hip-hop, and hardcore right alongside the inevitable Hot Topic zombies. The venerable festival hasn't always evolved smoothly, but this year's Minnesota lineup is particularly impressive. It comes to Canterbury Park in Shakopee on Sunday, but the tour is already in full swing. Here are our five must-see acts for this year's biggest punk party.
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Remember five years ago when everyone born after 1993 got really into A Day to Remember? That wasn't great -- Four Year Strong is their chance at doing it right. The band sounds like what the late-2000s pop-punk and emo should have turned into, and they play sets marked by both ferocity and inspiration. If we're lucky, they will be one of the first bands of the day, because they know how to kick off an event with bolts of unprompted energy seldom seen elsewhere.
The uncategorizable quartet from the U.K. has a new, thus-far untitled album in the works to tack atop their already stellar live show. Taking inspiration from such disparate sources as punk, hardcore, dubstep, trance, and The Zeitgeist Movement, Enter Shikari has an eclectic cocktail of socially conscious songs.
Pure hardcore acts are few and far between on a tour that has kept Zumiez stores alive for the past decade. Terror's presence is even more impressive given the band's steadfast dedication to its genre and culture. And given that these guys are headed on an extended European stint after the Warped tour, this may be the last shot for a while to play musical Fight Club with some legends.