The 2011 Vans Warped Tour, with A Day To Remember, Gym Class Heroes, Less Than Jake and more than 60 other bands, is Sunday at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg; gates open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $33.43. Performance times generally are not set until the morning of each show, but here are 10 acts we know we'll be watching.
If Bruce Springsteen recorded a punk album, it might sound like 2010's White Crosses, the latest from these grinding Gainesville punks. Tom Gabel's searing growl remains inimitable.
A handful of reggae bands are part of this year's tour, but none are better than this SoCal quintet, who deliver hypnotic, old-school rocksteady, pure and simple. They are to Sublime what Sharon Jones is to Ke$ha.
These trippy funksters will have you sifting through your parents' vinyl collection for old Funkadelic records. The Kansas City Star raved about Bad Rabbits during a recent Warped stop, calling them "what it might sound like if Cee-Lo Green sat in with MGMT, or Prince guested on a Flaming Lips gig."
The Devil Wears Prada
The day's biggest mosh session might break out during the set by this Ohio band, one of the most popular young metalcore groups around. Mike Hranica's volcanic vocals create a primal urge to get all smashy-smashy in the pit.
The Dangerous Summer
This Maryland rock group simmered with intense emotion on 2009 debut Reach For The Sun. Their just-released followup, War Paint, should appeal to fans of Jimmy Eat World and Kings of Leon.
Relentlessly heavy with a futuristic, electronic vibe, the ever-so-British Enter Shikari play sci-fi-soaked prog with operatic touches, not unlike a surlier, thuggier Muse.
Shamelessly channeling Queen's Freddie Mercury, frontman Eric Sean Nally brings a welcome theatrical flair to the stage. There hasn't been a Warped performer this unafraid to let his freak flag fly since Andrew W.K.
Led by former Mayday Parade singer Jason Lancaster, Tallahassee's Go Radio are an ambitious bunch, reaching for bigger and bigger hooks on their anthemic new album Lucky Street. Alternative Press picked Lancaster as one of the cover boys for its 2011 Warped issue.
Memphis is known for the blues, and alt-country garage punks Lucero know it. Their chest-thumping tunes reek of drunken twang, especially when bolstered by Stax-style gospel, pianos and horns.
Hey, what are these decent young gentlemen doing at the Warped Tour? One of the most popular Christian pop-punk bands of the past 15 years, Relient K can also deliver easygoing pop-rock ditties in the vein of Train or Jack's Mannequin.