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The Vans Warped Tour at 18: Class of 2012 yearbook predictions

As the Vans Warped Tour hits town to celebrate its maturity into adulthood, we present some Class of 2012 yearbook predictions

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… Come Away With New Adherents: Polar Bear Club
Blending the lessons of hardcore, pop-punk and emo, each of their three albums displayed dramatic improvement over the last. This Rochester, New York, quintet mixes melody and crunch-laden heft as well as anyone on Warped. Last year's catchy, passionate Clash Battle Guilt Pride would've topped the charts on a bigger label.

… Have People Lie Years Later About Having Seen Them: Title Fight
It's taken a decade for these PA post-core kids to get their feet under them, releasing their full-length debut Shed last year on SideOneDummy. But the timing couldn't be better for music evoking the post-punk of Quicksand and Jawbox. They're tremendously tight, and the songs feel impeccably crafted. Few know them now, but that won't last.

… Appear in the Next FreeCreditReport.com Commercial: We the Kings
They could take it as a compliment. The Bradenton bunch write songs that bum rush your brain and leave you still humming the tune days later. If you're partial to smirking, irrepressibly infectious music whose boy-meets-girl message can be summarized in under 30 seconds, this is your band.

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