inFested: A preview of Vans Warped Tour, July 30

Vans Warped Tour

Vans Warped Tour

Festival/Tour: Vans Warped Tour
Date/Location: July 30, Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH (Other dates below)

Headliners: Bring Me The Horizon, Chiodos, Hawthorne Heights, Motion City Soundtrack, Silverstein, The Used, The Wonder Years, etc.
Why we’re excited to go: Summer’s travelling musical summer camp is back for the 19th year, and every year I wonder if I’m getting too old for this.  In 2012 (at age 35), I wondered how many of my fellow concert goers would wonder if I was somebody’s dad, taken for the purpose of making sure my kids wouldn’t be too corrupted by the sound and spectacle happening at one of over half-a-dozen to a dozen stages. After a review of my high school classes’ Facebook page, and the discovery that one of my peers already has FOUR grandkids, I now have to worry that I’ll be mistaken for somebody’s granpappy.
My own insecurities about the age-appropriateness of my attendance aside, this will be my umpteenth year covering the tour (the first being before I could legally purchase alcohol), and if previous years are any indication, I’m likely find an ear-pleasing combination of emo, indie, punk, hardcore, and hip hop up-and-comers.  Below are a few of my top picks for this year’s festivities: 
Allison Weiss
The singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, first caught our ear with her Say What You Mean LP for No Sleep.  She will perform her light-hearted, pop-centric gems at the Acoustic Basement stage.
Their LP Youth, hit the streets in June via Run For Cover Records and we’re predicting a ground breaking year for the band.  If anthemic, fist pumping rock is your forte, missing these guys on the Kevin Says stage would be a travesty.
Hawthorne Heights
After years of riding the rock and roll rollercoaster, the quintet from Dayton seems to be back in an upward trajectory. Rolling with the considerable punches and pitfalls they’ve encountered seems only to have sharpened the band’s resolve, and the result is their latest, Zero (released on June 25), the band’s most ambitious record to date.  Catch them at the Kia Forte stage.
Man Overboard
New Jersey punks Man Overboard released their latest LP, Heart Attack, via Rise Records/Lost Tape Collective, earlier this year.  And it’s a banger for pop-punk diehards who aren’t afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves and sing until their throats are raw.  They’ll likely be at the Kia Soul of Forte stage.
Motion City Soundtrack
These Minnesota-based Vans Warped Tour veterans are set to make their first appearance on the tour in three years.  Since the release of their debut LP, I Am The Movie, more than ten years ago, Motion City Soundtrack has been one of the most fun, engaging, and consistent bands in the indie/emo sphere.
And Jesse Johnson’s signature Moog hand stands are not to be missed.  They’ll be heating up the Kia Forte stage. 
Also planning on seeing:
Five Knives (
Mixtapes (
New Beat Fund (
The Story So Far
The Wonder Years

(Here are the remaining U.S. and international dates for the tour:

July 30, 2013

Cincinnati, Ohio Riverbend Music Center

July 31, 2013

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Marcus Amphitheater

August 2, 2013

Dallas, Texas Gexa Energy Pavilion

August 3, 2013

San Antonio, Texas AT&T Center

August 4, 2013

Houston, Texas Reliant Center Parking Lot

November 9, 2013

Berlin Germany Berlin Arena

November 10, 2013

Eindhoven Netherlands Klokgebouw

November 16, 2013

London, England United Kingdom Alexandra Palace

November 17, 2013

November 23, 2013

Bern Switzerland BEA Festhalle

November 24, 2013

Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle

November 29, 2013

Brisbane, Queensland Australia RNA Showgrounds

November 30, 2013

Coffs Harbour, New South Wales Coffs Harbour Showgrounds

December 1, 2013

Sydney, New South Wales Barangaroo

December 6, 2013

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Exhibition Park

December 7, 2013

Melbourne, Victoria TBA

December 8, 2013

Adelaide, South Australia)