Warped Tour 2014: The five most interesting bands on the lineup
This summer's Vans Warped Tour will boast some impressive and eclectic artists to draw fans of punk, hip-hop and hardcore right alongside the inevitable Hot Topic zombies. The venerable festival, hasn't always evolved smoothly, but this year's Denver lineup -- the last stop on the tour -- is particularly impressive. It comes to Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 3, but the Tour is already in full swing. Here are our five must-see acts for this year's biggest parking lot party.
Christopher Morgan Last year's Warped Tour
Remember five years ago when everyone born after 1993 got really into A Day To Remember? That wasn't great -- Four Year Strong is their chance at doing it right. The band sounds like what the late 2000's pop-punk and emo should have turned into, and it plays sets marked by both ferocity and inspiration. If we're lucky, they will be one of the first bands of the day, because they know how to kick off an event with bolts of unprompted energy seldom seen elsewhere.
The uncategorizable quartet from the UK has a new, thus-far untitled album in the works to tack atop their already stellar live show. Taking inspiration from such dispirate sources as punk, hardcore, dubstep, trance and The Zeitgeist Movement, Enter Shikari has an eclectic cocktail of socially conscious songs. The band stops in Colorado only rarely, and deserves your full attention when it does.
Pure hardcore acts are few and far between on a tour that has kept Zumiez stores alive for the past decade. Terror's presence is even more impressive given the band's steadfast dedication to its genre and culture. And given that these guys are headed on an extended European stint after the Denver Warped date, this may be the last shot for a while to play musical Fight Club with some legends.