Send Us Your Best Warped Tour Photo And You Could Win Free Concert Tickets!

We’ve had a wild month out on the Vans Warped Tour with Larry g(EE), Avion Roe, Junior Doctor and more awesome artists. We know you Warped Tour fans have been snapping photos of the artists from the Stage, and now it’s time to put those to good use!

We want photos that scream “OurStage at Warped Tour.” It could be a photo of an artist performing on the Stage, you meeting your favorite OurStage artist, you modeling your OurStage Warped Tour tee…get creative! To enter, email your best “OurStage at Warped Tour” photo (with your name) to by August 1st.

We’ll post your photos on our Facebook page with your name in the caption, and the photo with the most likes by August 8th will be named the winner. The photographer of the winning snapshot will win two tickets to a concert of their choosing (some limitations will apply) and a prize pack from OurStage, Rock Steady Drums and more!

Read the official rules here.

Here are some ideas to get you started. Good luck!

OS @ Warped Series: This Week On Warped Tour — Week 1

It’s official: We’ve survived one week on the Vans Warped Tour…and we’re having a blast! Our national Warped Tour competition winner Larry g(EE) has been stopping people in their tracks with his energetic live performances, and the crowds have been left screaming for more. Plus, Junior Doctor, Avion Roe and the rest of the artists on the Stage artists are tearing up the stage every day.

Here’s a collection of our favorite photos from Warped Tour this week. Check out our official Tumblr blog for more photos, live videos, interviews and more, and share your photos with us on Twitter and Instagram by tagging them with #ourstagewarped. See you on the road!

Larry rocks out in Kansas (we need to get our hands on some of these tees!)

We love "hanging out" with Avion Roe


Punk Isn't Dead. It's Just… Different.

Once upon a time, people used to listen to this thing they called ˜punk rock’, and they would put safety pins in their noses, get funny haircuts, and advocate anarchy in the streets. Nihilistic rebels and apathetic outcasts lurked in the back alleys and dark basements of a few select cities for the better part of the ˜70s, all the while building an empire before anyone even knew it was happening. However, after a brief detour through new wave, post-punk alterations, this sudden uprise seemed to fade away as rapidly as it began. But where did punk rock go? Where are the mohawks, the plaid pants, and the wayward misfits of the golden years we all used to know and love? Have they been lost into the dark abyss of what used to be, never to be seen again?

Yes. Well, mostly, anyway. However tragic it may be that the traditional Punks and Skunks are no longer bombarding the music scene with stripped-down, chugging guitar breaks and monotone shouting, the punk rock nucleus still lives on. Despite what the old-school anarchy stalwarts may claim, punk is by no means dead. It’s alive and kicking, with more teenage angst bursting at the seams than ever before. It just looks a little different and, of course, depends on how you choose see it.

So where is it, you ask? It’s blowing up all over the mainstream rock scene. Bands like Four Year Strong, A Day To Remember, and Rise Against, who have all made appearances on the Billboard charts, are leading the way for the contemporary punk movement. Granted, these groups aren’t ˜punk’ in the traditional sense, but they’re the product of years of development and evolution as punk rock has absorbed different trends and influences over the years. (more…)

A Quick And Dirty Guide To This Summer's Hottest Music Movies

The summer blockbuster is already well upon us, what with The Avengers (awesome!) and Hunger Games (eh?) making out like gangbusters at the box office. But 2012’s summer movie season isn’t just rich with moody, gritty epics and superhero franchise pieces. No, it’s also shaping up to be a great period for music films as well. Here are three music movies that we’re most excited about this summer.

Shut Up And Play The Hits

LCD Soundsystem started out as just another Brooklyn hipster band fronted by a guy with too much scruff. But as Shut Up And Play The Hits will show, the group became so much more. The film covers the band’s final show to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden in addition to a little bit of the periods just before and after the momentous event. Check out the trailer below.

No Room For Rockstars – The Vans Warped Tour Movie

Still going strong after all these years, the venerable Vans Warped Tour has allowed hundreds of bands – including many OurStage artists – to grace the stage in parking lots and fairgrounds across the country. No Room For Rockstars aims to capture the Warped Tour experience from the eyes of the artists, roadies, the fans, and the kids who are just trying to survive the whole thing. Unlike the other movies included here, this one just came out on DVD and on iTunes.

Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap

From director Ice-T comes Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, a fascinating look into the rap game. Most of the people featured are already household names, from Snoop Dogg to Kanye West, Nas to Eminem. That said, there’s a number of less well-known MCs featured, giving their insight into what has become one of the most popular musical genres of the past two decades. To have all these voices included in one place is something special…maybe even swag? You can check out the trailer below and you can also feast your ears on a little freestyle Eminem did for the movie here. Opens in theatres on June 15.

Final Round Of Winners Announced For The OurStage Warped Regional Competition

At last, we’re happy to announce the final batch of regional Warped Tour winners.These five acts will join Larry g(EE) on the Stage for select dates of the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. You can view the winners below, stream their music, and find out which dates they will perform.

For a full stage lineup, ticket information, and tour dates, be sure to follow the Stage official Tumblr page.


Squid The Whale
Performing at: First Niagra Pavilion
City/State: Burgettstown, PA
Date: July 12



Lights Resolve
Performing at: Farm Bureau Live
City/State: Virginia Beach, VA
Date: July 25

OS @ Warped Series: Sick Of Sarah

With summer right around the corner, we can’t help but be totally stoked for Warped Tour. In case you haven’t heard, we’ll be sponsoring our own stage for twenty-two dates and bringing twenty-three artists out to perform on it. Twenty-two acts will snag a performance at their local tour stop, and one lucky artist will get to perform on every date (tour bus included). In addition, there are a handful of other OurStage artists already booked to play various dates of the tour. We decided to catch up with them to get the scoop on their summer plans.

First up is Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Sick of Sarah. With indie rock chops that are both punky and polished, this band of female musicians are not to be overlooked. We chatted with lead vocalist Abisha Uhl and drummer/vocalist Jessica Forsythe about what it’s like to be in an all-female band, their local scene and why they can’t wait for Warped.

OS: Tell us about how the band formed and how you decided on a name.

AU: The band started off as four guitar players…and then realized that’s not going to work! We started in 2005. The name Sick of Sarah comes from my old roommate; her name was Sarah. One night, she was kind of drunk and she was like, “I hate my name. I’m sick of Sarah.” And I was like, hey, I like that. It was kind of random, but SOS has a nice ring to it.

OS: For those who haven’t heard your music yet, how would you describe your sound? Who are your biggest influences?

AU: Our sound is kind of rock/pop/indie style.

JF: Yeah, I’d say rock music.

AU: Yeah. We get inspired by a lot of musicians. In the earlier years, Jessica and I both really were into Blink 182, Weezer, Radiohead, Depeche Mode. And now, we love Metric, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alkaline Trio.

JF: Right now, I’m listening to a lot of Death Cab…I really like a lot of the indie rock that’s going on. A lot of the ’90s alternative rock was what I was listening to growing up. I also love hip hop, I love Jay-Z, Eminem… [laughs]

AU: We love a lot of different music.

OS: Were any of you in bands before this? Were they all-girl bands too?

JF: Three of us have been in other bands. Jessie was in a couple other bands…

AU: She toured with Babes in Toyland in their last European tour, I think it was 2000 or 2001, and that was an all-girl band. When the band started, I had never been in a band before, I had only played solo stuff.

JF: Jamie and I were both stolen from other bands. I was in a band with two guys and a girl, and I know Jamie was in a band with her brother and a couple of other guys. I think she was the only female in her band.

OS: Do you think people underestimate you, being an all-girl band?

Both: Oh yeah.

JF: Usually when we first hit the stage, everyone’s wondering what these girls are going to sound like. Usually, once we’re done with our set, we get a lot of high fives from dudes who are like, “You guys are actually pretty good!” [laughs] I think we get that stigma a lot.

OS: It seems like there’s a lot more female musicians emerging in this scene, though, especially on Warped Tour.

JF: I think I heard there were five female-fronted bands on the tour this year? So that will be really cool.

OS: You guys are based in Minneapolis…what is the local scene there like? Do you feel as though you guys fit in well?

AU: The scene here is really good. The music scene is amazing. We definitely are welcomed in our hometown as far as our music goes, they’re very accepting. It’s such an honor to come from a music scene like this and make it.

JF: We’re really trying to play a lot more in Minneapolis but we’ve been touring for two or three years all around the country. We started touring in Europe and stuff, so we really miss Minneapolis. We recently played three Minneapolis shows and they’ve been really awesome. We’ve been really feeling the love and support from Minneapolis to try to hook up with other Minneapolis-based bands.

OS: You’re playing a bunch of dates of Warped Tour this year….how did you get that opportunity?

AU: There’s a girl Sarah who works at Warped Tour, and she’s really into our music. She works side-by-side with [Warped Tour founder] Kevin Lyman. She helped us out a lot, getting us on there. When we were on Warped Tour last year, we sat down with Kevin Lyman and we were like, “Hey, we’d love to be a part of this in the future.”

OS: What was your experience like last year?

AU: It was an amazing experience. It was so much fun and such a privilege to be surrounded by all these artists.

OS: Speaking of being surrounded by awesome artists, who are you most looking forward to seeing perform at Warped Tour this year?

JF: I’m excited to see Dead Sara and New Found Glory…

AU: The Used!

JF: Yeah, The Used!

OS: Anything else you’d like to say to your fans on OurStage?

AU: We’d just like to say thank you for all the support and we hope to come out to Warped Tour every year and put on a show for all of our fans. We appreciate them and we love them.