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Music, All Shook Down Top 10 Signs of Punk Rock's Life and Death at the Warped Tour

Top 10 Signs of Punk Rock's Life and Death at the Warped Tour

Yes, the Warped Tour still exists. Maybe you think it's largely for kids with dyed-black hair, studded belts, shredded Vans, and a taste for anthemic three-chord mall-rock. And maybe you're right. But has the Warped Tour really gotten soft? We…
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Music, All Shook Down Taylor Momsen's The Pretty Reckless: The 7 Types of People Who Will Go See Them in San Francisco Tonight

Taylor Momsen's The Pretty Reckless: The 7 Types of People Who Will Go See Them in San Francisco Tonight

Tonight, ever-controversial rock 'n' rollers The Pretty Reckless are playing Bottom of the Hill. Say what you will about this quartet and its 18-year-old singer, Taylor Momsen -- they attract an audience way more diverse than most. In case you…
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Music, All Shook Down The Melvins' Old Van Is for Sale, But Here Are Five Tour Vehicles We'd Much Prefer

The Melvins' Old Van Is for Sale, But Here Are Five Tour Vehicles We'd Much Prefer

Remember when you were 12 years old and you'd draw the logos of your favorite bands all over your school books? Well, one time, Kurt Cobain did that to The Melvins' van, leaving behind a little portrait of Kiss (plus…
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Music, All Shook Down Meet Your New Favorite Band (to Intensely Dislike): Black Veil Brides

Meet Your New Favorite Band (to Intensely Dislike): Black Veil Brides

At first we thought that was KISS strutting up at us from our slideshow of this weekend's Warped Tour at Shoreline Amphitheatre. But no -- monstrous black-and-white makeup aside, those guys are way too skinny to be in KISS. Turns…
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Music, All Shook Down How To Buy a T-Shirt Without Angering the Merch Guy

How To Buy a T-Shirt Without Angering the Merch Guy

Buying band merchandise is not a complicated matter. Nor is there any need for it to be a slow endeavor. But talk to merch people the world over and you'll hear the same thing repeatedly: Merch is a really nice…
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Music, All Shook Down Flipper Announces Two New Albums, Prepares to Tour

Flipper Announces Two New Albums, Prepares to Tour

When last we heard from seminal Ess Eff punk icons Flipper, the band had reunited and was preparing to hit the road on the Warped Tour, in support of two new albums: a studio release called Love, and a…
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Music, Hear This Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Barcelona-based duo The Pinker Tones might be the only Latin band participating in this year's edition of the Warped Tour. But audiences wouldn't guess the band's Spanish origin by the music, which is a blend of psychedelic pop and '80s-inspired…
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Music, Reviewed Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

As the continued existence of the Warped Tour proves, I get older and the kids stay the same age. And as long as the latter is true, there will also be room for one more three-chord song based on a…
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Music, Survival of the fittest for the summer’s big music events

Survival of the fittest for the summer’s big music events

In the early 1990s, Lollapalooza's triumphant summertime tours were a victory lap for the Alternative Nation. So many teenagers clamored to spend their concert dollars on such formerly underground acts as Nine Inch Nails, Dinosaur Jr., and Siouxsie and the…
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Music, All Shook Down Warped Tour 2008 Provides Summertime Suckfest for SF

Warped Tour 2008 Provides Summertime Suckfest for SF

If you're really into crappy emo/punk rock, or you're just 15 years old, then secure your tickets on Saturday for this year's Warped Tour, June 21 at Pier 30/32. The day promises a steaming load of shite that includes…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Striking the same old chords: the bane of the punk documentary

Striking the same old chords: the bane of the punk documentary

Much like the aping of old Ramones tunes by new bands, punk documentaries often strike repeatedly at the same few chords. There's the ol' time capsule on punk's first wave of authentic outcasts and their rudimentary skills. There are the…
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Music, Fire Starters

Fire Starters

My friend and I, at 37 and 26, respectively, are easily among the oldest mall punks at the Warped Tour this year. In fact, our very appearance amid the vast, Von Dutch-emblazoned sea has a Moses-like effect, the waves of…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

You spent countless hours of your youth perfecting Johnny Rotten's belligerent whine and lidless stare; you lost whole days improving Billy Idol's snarl, even after Generation X became mainstream. You considered wearing a yellow Fun-Fur jacket years before ravers caught…
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