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Not the first Warped Tour for many bands

For its 20th edition, the Vans Warped Tour seems to be taking a look in the rear view. Most of the big names on this year's tour, which returns to St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park on Friday, are playing their third, fourth, even eighth (!) edition of Warped. While not exactly a greatest hits package, it certainly has a taste of everything that has made Warped so popular over the past two decades. Here are some of the Warped veterans (and one newbie) you can expect to see Friday. Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer

We the Kings

Warped tours: 5

One of Tampa Bay's biggest musical success stories, these Bradenton boys broadened their pop-punk palette with 2013's Somewhere Somehow, which veered toward the pop side of pop-punk without losing an ounce of anthemic passion.

Sleeping With Sirens

Warped tours: 3

This year, St. Petersburg is one of just five cities to get Sleeping With Sirens, who headlined the main stage at last year's Warped and also played 97X Next Big Thing in December. Singer Kellin Quinn has pipes like Bruce Dickinson but hair like Justin Bieber, which at Warped is a potent combination.

Anberlin

Warped tours: 3

This marks something of a goodbye for the popular Christian-leaning alt-rock band from Winter Haven. They've announced that their seventh studio album — Lowborn, released this week — will be their last. This could be their final performance in the bay area.

Falling in Reverse

Warped tours: 3

This electro-tinged post-hardcore act revels in the glammy grime of their native Las Vegas, and they can be kind of unbearable about it. Borderline misogynistic single Bad Girls Club includes the lyrics," Follows me on Twitter, asking if I miss her, hashtag #SetMeFree." Yeesh. Still, they're quite popular in Tampa Bay, having played the 97X Backyard BBQ and filmed a music video, Raised by Wolves, at the State Theatre.

Issues

Warped tours: 2

No one was really asking for rap-metal to make a comeback, but Atlanta's Issues are giving it their best shot, harkening back to the heyday of Limp Bizkit and Korn with their blend of metalcore shredding, hip-hop bass, DJ scratching, synthesizers and, of course, the obligatory tongue-in-cheek pop cover — in this case, Justin Bieber's Boyfriend.

Less Than Jake

Warped tours: 8

The grand old dames of this year's Warped Tour, Gainesville ska-punks Less Than Jake, are as unrepentantly snotty as ever. Maybe they'll share some tales from Warped '97, where they played alongside Blink-182, Limp Bizkit, the Descendents, Social Distortion and — no joke — Sugar Ray.

Saves the Day

Warped tours: 2

Years from now, when asked to define the genre known as emo, musicologists may simply point to Saves the Day's 2001 hit single At Your Funeral, whose high-pitched vocals and heart-bleeding lyrics are practically Emo 101. The band has expanded its sound since then, but considering this is their first Warped Tour since 2006, the raven-haired masses in the pit are probably ready for a reprise.

Mayday Parade

Warped tours: 5

Semi-ironic pop covers are a staple of the Warped genre, but few turn out as fist-pumpingly awesome as Mayday Parade's take on Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know. The Tallahassee group headlined last fall's Glamour Kills tour, and their 2013 album Monsters in the Closet is full of the soaring, rock-leaning pop punk that has become their hallmark.

Motionless in White

Warped tours: 7

This year's trophy for Excellence in Theatricality goes to gothcore troupe Motionless in White, a face-painting septet whose destructive guitars and pummelling synthesizers recall Orgy, White Zombie or Marilyn Manson.

Sleeper Agent

Warped tours: 1

Believe it or not, there are a few artists playing their first Warped Tour this summer. Sleeper Agent are still kind of rock veterans, despite their young age, having toured with bands like Weezer, Fun. and Cage the Elephant. Their shaggy, slurry Kentucky garage boogie will no doubt liven up the Warped masses.

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