Vans Warped Tour 2012 preview 

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Every year, the Vans Warped Tour brings old favorites and standout up-and-comers together in a summer-long festival that travels to venues throughout the country. Because of the sheer amount of artists on the tour, whether you're a first-timer or a regular, there are inevitably some bands that you know you want to see from the beginning and others that you don't find out about until you're already there. Warped is coming to Klipsch Music Center today. (Note: The time that each band will play will not be announced until the day of the concert).

All Time Low

2012 has been a very busy year for pop-punk group All Time Low: they've spent a lot of time touring, they switched record labels and they're in the process of writing and recording their next album, set for release later this year. Judging by the album's first single, "The Reckless and the Brave," this album will sound more like their 2009 album Nothing Personal and their other older works as opposed to their 2011 album Dirty Work, which, for this writer, is definitely a good thing. They can be seen on the Kia Rio/Kia Soul Stage, which is the main stage at this year's Warped.

Anti-Flag

Punk rock band Anti-Flag is known for their liberal political leanings. The songs on their ninth and newest album, The General Strike (released in March of this year), are no exception, with titles like "The Neoliberal Anthem," "The Ranks of The Masses Rising" and "Nothing Recedes Like Progress." The band's views may be provocative to some, but the release of nine albums clearly shows that they can draw in an audience, which must be the reason why they're on the main stage as well.

Yellowcard

Back in middle school, the song "Ocean Avenue" by pop-punk band Yellowcard was one of my favorites, so I'm excited to see them for nostalgia's sake. Their single "Always Summer" from their album Southern Air (due out on August 14) echoes the sound that I loved. The album is also said to have guest vocalists including Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low and Taylor Jardine from We Are The In Crowd, who are also playing at Warped, so maybe the show will have some special guest appearances as well.

Sleeping With Sirens

Post-hardcore group Sleeping With Sirens intrigues me mostly because of lead singer Kellin Quinn's voice. He's a countertenor, which means that his voice is really high for a male, and I confess that it took me a little while to realize that it was in fact a guy singing. I appreciate the interesting vocal range, though, particularly in light of the release of their acoustic album, If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack, on June 26. The band's talents will be showcased on the Monster Energy Stage.

Danielle Barbe

Most of the groups on this year's Warped Tour are all-male. There are some bands with female leads, like Warped Tour alumni Paramore as well as a couple bands on this year's tour, We Are The In Crowd and Tonight Alive. Danielle Barbe, however, is the first solo female pop-punk artist I've come across in a while. With a voice similar to Alanis Morissette's, it's no wonder she won the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, and with that a chance to play on the Ernie Ball Stage for part of this year's Warped Tour.

Young London

Young London released their self-titled debut album in January of this year, and they're somewhat reminiscent of dance-punk duo Matt and Kim. This electro-pop duo is comprised of Matt Rhodes and Sarah Graziani, and they're bringing their talents to Warped Tour's first ever Silent Disco. The people in the Silent Disco tent can only hear the music that's being played if they put on a pair of wireless headphones, so they end up looking like they're dancing to silence. I'm not entirely sure how that's going to work, especially if Young London are performing their own material as part of the show instead of just acting as DJs, but I'm certainly interested to find out.

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