On the Warped Path

Oh, the people you’ll meet at the annual punk rock road show. Here are six of them.

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Identify her by: High-fashion soft-grunge-cum-goth attire, a look of utter boredom, no less than two Monroe piercings, and a pair of heels because, let’s face it, in under an hour she’ll be backst   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Hear No Screamo

Our blind taste test of this year’s Warped Tour lineup.

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The Warped Tour is less like a fine wine than a gummy bear stuck in a car’s ashtray: The more it ages, the more unrecognizable it becomes. If you’re of a certain generation and grew up with a    More
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Video: Post-Hardcore Shuttle Stop

A short documentary film on Warped Tour fans at the Portland Expo Center.


It’s been exactly a decade since I last moshed with teenagers in a parking lot. I was a teenager myself back then, but even at the tender age of 19, I felt the winds of change blowing off the Cuyahoga River and onto the Vans Warped Tour. The pogo-pits and the power-pop that gave them life were quickly yielding to a rising “post-hardcore” scene that was too interested in haircuts, tight pants ...   More
Monday, June 17, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Top Five Bands Too Old To Be Playing Warped Tour

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Reel Big Fish (pictured)Ska is overdue for another ironic revival, but until it actually happens, the average Warped-goer is going to wonder what the paunchy Ace Ventura impersonator playing music   More
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

I’m Getting Too Old for This Pit

Who’s playing Warped Tour? Beats us. So we went to the mall to find out.

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Nothing makes a 30-year-old music writer feel like a decrepit, out-of-touch sack of dust more than scanning a Warped Tour lineup. The hordes of pierced, tatted and asymmetrically coiffed mall-pu   More
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Aged and Warped

What listening to 17 Warped Tour compilations in a row tells us about punk rock.

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The Warped Tour—that musical ball pit of scrubbed and shiny punk sounds for teenagers—finally turns 18 this year. It is old enough to go to college. To vote. To move out of the house. To royal   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

Beijing There

Punk’s not dead—in China, anyway.

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The most compelling band on this year’s Warped Tour isn’t a tried-and-tested old-school punk act, a guyliner-sporting American emo band or even the token hip-hop dude (sorry, Yelawolf). The most   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 CASEY JARMAN


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