AcidicAcidic's Copper Man cover art
When Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue tweets out “Digging ACIDIC’s song Copper Man Just picked it as my Sixx Pick,” you must be doing something right (side note: Does Nikki Sixx make Sixx Picks for everything? Meals? Romantic companions?). ACIDIC’s fourth LP Chronic Satisfaction roots itself definitively in the hard rock legacies of the ‘80s and ‘90s, equal parts “Dr. Feelgood” and “Mountain Song”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd5oXYIdhC0 I Fight Dragons I Fight Dragons proving their nerd credentials
Warped Tour has never been averse to including new, if only temporary, genres: crabcore, cybergrind, splittercore, etc. 2014’s induction to the Unnecessary Genres Hall of Fame includes chiptune, integrating pop punk with 8-bit video game soundtrack samples. Chiptune will be represented Saturday by I Fight Dragons, a Chicago septet that samples the Game Boy and NES.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QkEaf1WafI#t=66
Warped Past: TerrorLA hardcore purists Terror
LA’s Terror keep the hardcore flame burning at Warped Tour, holding down the heavy roots of the festival and the legacy of LA’s famed SST label. Active since 2002, the California quintet made a solid dent on the Billboard chart with their 2013 release Live by the Code.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG_TzYDYgBM#t=24 Warped Present: Four Year Strong Melodic hardcorists Four Year Strong
Worcester, Ma.’s Four Year Strong encapsulate the Warped sound in recent years: pop punk crooners leaning into melodic hardcore, busting out unison vocals, contagious guitar licks and that overwrought, contractually-obligated vowel elongation.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MH1UaPIEgA Warped Future: Crizzly SATX native Crizzly If Four Year Strong represents the festival’s pop-punk present, EDM producer Crizzly represents its future. A Boerne native, Chris Lee Marshall defines his party-pumping beats as “crunkstep,” which involves remixing rap hooks with dubstep drops. It's a consistent and highly successful formula, with each Youtube remix garnering views in the hundreds of thousands. But, like all EDM, Crizzly's music is best experienced live, where the producer becomes a
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