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Vans Warped Tour

Friday, Aug. 12 at The Idaho Center


Warped Tour is a mid-August tradition for tatted-up and spiked-out fans of alternative fashion and music.

Among this year's massive bill of headliners and supporting acts, are several standouts. Bad Rabbits, easily one of the tour's most original and entertaining groups, hails from Boston. The group's sound is reminiscent of the early '90s dance hall craze but with an added '80s hardcore intensity. One of the Rabbits' flagship songs, "Stick Up Kids," sounds as if House of Pain jumped around at a Black Flag show with Billy Ocean and Prince slinging cocktails at the bar.

Also new to the tour is the Dangerous Summer, Maryland's indie rock success story that has been receiving a great deal of attention since signing to Hopeless Records in 2007. Its latest album, War Paint, was released in July and is continuing to pick up steam across the world. After Warped, the boys will hop back in the van with I Call Fives for a seven-date stint to celebrate their fifth anniversary as a band.

Longtime fan favorites Relient K are returning to the tour this year. The band is readying a new full-length and also a covers EP entitled Is For Karaoke. The K has remained one of the most consistent and successful pop punk bands since its formation in 1998, with help from hits such as "Sadie Hawkins Dance."

Other notable acts on the bill include A Day to Remember, Less Than Jake, The Wonder Years, D.R.U.G.S. and Sum 41. Brave the brutal, late-summer sunburn and celebrate all things punk rock at this year's Warped Tour.

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