Warped Tour 2014's five most interesting bands

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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.



Four Year Strong

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.


Enter Shikari

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.


Terror

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.

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14 comments
Vanessa Grausam
Vanessa Grausam

Wow. I saw Less Than Jake and Saves the Day at warped tour like 13 years ago. The rest I have never heard of. Feeling so old :(

Joel Herz
Joel Herz

Although there is way more to Warped than the scope of these 5 bands. Enter Shikari is definitely worth pointing out, nothing typical about them. Don't know what you're complaining about dude.

Kyle Hastreiter
Kyle Hastreiter

Although they sound much different from this now as this was one of their first songs.

Aja Schieman
Aja Schieman

I the mighty, Atila, and Breathe Carolina were some new favorites. Bowling for soup and less than Jake are old favorites.

Jake Wood
Jake Wood

PFFFF SHAKOPEE aka land of the dorks! also, does anyone care about these bands anymore? They HAVE to be the most useless bands ever. Never seen the point in any of there songs. The dumbass kids that go only go to see some punk smash his guitar and they know it. (btw I'd LOVE to smash ALL the instruments of ALL the bands...) LIKE THIS COMMENT IF YOU AGREE!

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

Welp, I'm old- I've heard of two of those band on the whole lineup. Gotta go chase some kids off my lawn.

Matt Determan
Matt Determan

And seriously?! Enter Shikari?? This article needs a new writer.

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