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We The Kings coming to the State Theatre in St. Petersburg

If you were bummed out that Bradenton pop-punk outfit We The Kings wouldn't be joining this summer's Warped Tour, good news: You can catch both Warped and We The Kings in St. Petersburg, all in the span of two weeks.

Arguably the biggest band to emerge from the Tampa Bay area in the past five years, We The Kings will return home for a gig at the State Theatre on July 21 -- exactly 11 days before the Warped Tour hits Vinoy Park. Opening the show will be a slew of other young pop-punk bands: The Summer Set, The Downtown Fiction, Hot Chelle Rae and Action Item. So this is really like a mini-Warped warmup.

Tickets to the show are $16. Click here to get 'em. And if you can't wait, click here to check out We The Kings' new single Friday Is Forever, from their upcoming, as-yet-untitled third album.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Luis Santana, tbt*