Friday, June 26, 2015

Get In The Vans: 10 Picks for Sunday's Warped Tour

Posted By and on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 2:17 PM

click image Texas' finest, rapper Riff Raff - COURTESY
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Formed in 1995 and exclusively catered to hardcore punk fans, Vans Warped Tour is now a kaleidoscope of different styles, ranging from EDM, pop punk to screamo. Although in recent years the festival has appealed more to the Hot Topic crowd and still features bands from the age of Myspace, Warped Tour knows how to adapt to what the youngsters crave (and will pay for). Even though it seems like a money-making scheme to sell merch, Warped Tour has contributed some of the ticket proceeds to foundations like suicide prevention organization To Write Love On Her Arms and gives a platform to lesser-known bands. 

Riff Raff

From his humble beginnings as a competitor on MTV reality show From G's to Gents to being pop star Katy Perry's "date" at the VMAs, Riff Raff''s career is as colorful as his cornrows and brighter than his shark teeth grill. The most infamous moment in Riff Raff''s career came when James Franco played a Riff Raff-esque  character in Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers. Not shy of controversy, Riff Raff got a "jab" in by playing a character named Jamie Franko on serial soap drama “One Life to Live.”

But where does the actual rapping come in? Riff Raff is a rapper after all. With the major release of Neon Icon in 2014, an album with a emphasis on fun that never takes itself too seriously, Riff Raff delivers the occasional good. The debate on Riff Raff's sincerity will probably last until Riff Raff is on his death bed, which should be fine with him as long as it keeps him relevant. — Shannon Sweet




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