Top 10 Bands That Should Be on Your Warped Tour Itinerary

By Mario Corsaro

The Vans Warped Tour, currently in its 23rd year, continues its reign as summer’s premiere touring festival as it makes its trek across America .

This year’s lineup is loaded with big names, and due to the multiple stages running simultaneously throughout the day with times being under wraps until the morning of, it is not always easy to plan ahead and see everyone you want to see. So as the venue gates open and you make your way to the inflatable schedule filled with anticipation for a day of music and fun, here are 10 bands that are a must see to make your experience at Warped Tour a memorable one.

  1.  GWAR
    The costumed legends will surely leave fans covered in fake blood and are a can’t-miss at this year’s Warped Tour. Known for their gore-filled horror stage show and comedic personas, GWAR will definitely be putting the shock back in shock rock. You can catch them on every date on the tour.
  1. CKY
    The West Chester/Philadelphia natives return to the Warped Tour for the first time since 2000, fresh off their recent release, The Phoenix. Known for drummer Jess Margera being the brother of skateboarder and reality star Bam Margera, the band’s songs have been featured in the likes of Viva La Bam and Jackass. Who knows, maybe you will run into Phil and April at the merch tent as well.
  1. Beartooth
    Formed in 2012 by former Attack Attack! vocalist Caleb Shomo, the Columbus, Ohio metalcore outfit has seen a rising success and continues to be a standout in the scene. Blending metal with the styling of hardcore and punk rock, Beartooth are sure to draw some of the wildest crowds of the day.
  1. Hatebreed
    Headlining an already stacked list of heavy acts on the bill this year, Hatebreed are to get the circle pits going. With their aggressive sound and energetic stage presence, fueled by crunching guitar riffs and the barking vocals of frontman Jamey Jasta, metal fans in attendance will definitely be left sore the next morning from all the headbanging.
  1. I Prevail
    Warped Tour newcomers I Prevail are another highlight of the many metal acts taking the stage this year. Growing in popularity since their founding in 2014, the Michigan four-piece is breathing new life in the metal scene and is likely to become a future repeat performer.
  1. Silverstein
    Canada’s own Silverstein is playing Warped Tour for the eighth time. The band from our neighbors up north may have some surprises along the way for fans. At the Camden date this past Friday, the band invited GWAR bassist Beefcake the Mighty onstage, thus resulting in him “killing” bassist Billy Hamilton and taking his place.
  1. Andy Black
    Andy Biersack, Black Veil Brides founder and frontman, is going solo with his new project, Andy Black. Straying away from his hard rock and metal roots, Biersack is opting for a more stripped- down, pop rock formula. Expect Andy Black to attract a very diverse crowd.
  1. Bad Cop / Bad Cop
    The all-female, So-Cal punk rockers may be coming in as an unknown to some, but rest assured they are going to make a name for themselves by tour’s end. With their skate punk look and attitude, Bad Cop / Bad Cop truly capture the spirit of what made Warped Tour so great in the late 90s and early 2000s. Don’t miss them!
  1. Memphis May Fire
    Playing their fourth Warped Tour since 2012, Memphis May Fire continues to sustain their success as a recent tour staple. Look for these guys to find their way on many more Warped Tours in the future, as they consistently are a huge draw amongst the younger crowd.
  1. Too Close to Touch
    Signing with Epitaph Records and releasing a debut EP in 2014, Too Close to Touch have emerged from their underground status in the post-hardcore and alternative scene. They return to Warped Tour this year, and will likely find their way back in the years to come.

To find tickets for a date near you, be sure to check out vanswarpedtour.com

First 100 of AC Moyer’s ‘Size Zero’

By Rhiannon Levengood

Admittedly, I’m a very slow reader. I’ve never been sure if I’m just physically slow at reading or if it’s somewhat intentional. I pay attention to details. My mind paints a scene as the words provide each stroke. An extremely detailed novel gives itself a film and takes me awhile to digest.

Which is why I’m only 100 pages into
Size Zero by AC Moyer.

But the first 100 pages have created such a story already that I have to write about it.

When I greeted Moyer at BookCon 2017, she was as mysterious as the black novel she was selling. Her booth was decorated in mirrors, casting back a distorted image of passerby. I had no idea the symbolism it reflected from her book until I started reading it.

Size Zero is a crime novel that is centered around the world of fashion and modeling. The story follows Cecil LeClaire, an heir to his mother’s modeling empire, as he discovers the truth to his childhood girlfriend Annabelle Leigh’s disappearance many years prior to her death. The story itself has depth that I haven’t experienced from a novel in quite some time. It’s well thought out, so far leaving no loose ends fraying, but just unraveling enough to keep the pages turning.

I am only 100 pages into this captivating story, but every chapter is as riveting as the previous, pulling me in deeper with every page. The only story I can compare it to is Henning Mankell’s Wallander saga, which happens to be my favorite crime series. I feel as if I’m diving into another one of his novels, and I could not be happier.

Stay tuned for a full length review, but if you’re interested already, you can preorder AC Moyer’s novel here! Be sure to follow Moyer on social media for updates!

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BookCon 2017: Destroying the Phenomenon of Writer’s Block

By Rhiannon Levengood

This past weekend, Moments Magazine had the absolute pleasure of attending BookCon 2017 in New York City. BookCon is full to the brim with not only literature in its various forms, wonderful and inspiring panels, and the chance to meet the creators of life-changing stories, but even some fan-made merchandise as well. Guests and exhibitors include new authors just starting out and advertising their brand new baby, and authors who’ve established themselves as a household name. BookCon presents an opportunity to meet your favorite authors, your future favorite authors, and the people who feel the same way about the same books.

What I got out of BookCon 2017 was community (and emotional nostalgia—thanks Bill Nye!). I saw a community of writers and readers and dreamers and people clutching onto hope found between pages of a book they were reading, or a book they were just starting to construct. I found inspiration from others, advice for curing creative blocks, and books. Lots of books.

However, my shiny BookCon moment came Saturday evening as the convention came to a whirlwinding close. It came to me in the form of a panel entitled Transforming a Bestseller onto the Silver Screen: The Book to Film Experience. Guest speakers included R.J. Palacio (Wonder), Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything), Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall), and the focus of this recount, Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).

The panel in itself felt more like a writer’s workshop than a discussion of taking a novel and transforming it into a screenplay, and then finally portraying it on the big screen. Many fan questions focused on the process of writing a novel and the process of writing a screenplay, the difference between the two, and which was the most challenging. I’ve never been to college, but I imagined that this was what a lecture felt like.

Wisdom flowed from the mouths of the guest speakers like waterfalls: naturally, rushingly, and mind-alteringly so. I watched, mouth agape, as brilliant minds spoke directly to me in a sea of an audience eager to learn and soak up every word before they left their tongues.

Stephen Chbosky himself had some advice for writers in the form of four steps:

As the panel ended, I felt euphoric and inspired. A smile stretched across my lips that were accustomed to frowning at blank documents and unfinished thoughts. Words clouded my mind and for the first time in awhile, I wanted to get them down on paper. But first, I had to thank the man that motivated me most with his insight. And luckily for me, Stephen Chbosky stayed seated at the table, Sharpie in hand, ready to make dreams come true.

When my turn came, I shamefully explained that I didn’t have my copy of Perks with me for him to sign, but that I wanted to thank him for his wise words. I told him my struggle with writer’s block and praised him for helping me find ways to overcome it.

Stephen prefaced with, “Writer’s block doesn’t exist. Writer’s block is simply editing too quickly.”

If I had to sum up my BookCon experience in one sentence, it’d be: I came with nothing, and I left with everything.