The Summer of Rad returns! This week the rad gang hits the great outdoors (i.e. Kyle's lovely backyard) with Matt Lantrip and Brandie Posey, two Warped Tour veterans, to discuss this venerable summer music institution. It's the day after Kyle and Nat's big Fourth of July party, and Kyle and Laura spend a lot of the episode downing leftover Jello shots. The gang weighs in on the good, the bad, and the ugly side of the festival and talks about the influence of things like Hot Topic and Myspace on the way that a generation of kids found music. (The late '90s and early '00s pop punk ecosystem was a delicate place full of a lot of dyed hair with swoopy side bangs, and this group has some opinions about it.) About halfway through, Kyle's brother Kasey joins the fray. Together, they chat about the best acts they've ever seen along with a few of the worst. They also have a spirited debate about the most "Warped Tour" band of all time and give some tips for how to make it through a hot day at the festival without dying. Plus, The Living End might be the world's most underrated live band, Less Than Jake are still great after all these years, and there is some debate about the merits of pop punk. The group also explores some of the festival's recent and past controversies. Prepare to hear a bunch of people fire off about a million band names and enjoy Natalie shaking her head at every last one of them.
Weekly Rads: The Little Hours, Summer School
Raddendums: Blink-182 & Dude Ranch, Green Day, Underoath, Paramore & Riot!, The Damn Things, Sum 41, New Found Glory, Gwar, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Neck Deep, Lollapalooza, Save Ferris, Andrew WK, Thursday, My Chemical Romance, The Honda Civic tour, Matt & Kim, Against Me, Black Veiled Brides, Bring Me the Horizon, Atilla, Norma Jean, Brokencyde, Anti-Flag, Hawthorne Heights, 303, Flogging Molly, I Killed the Prom Queen, Pierce the Veil, The Casualties, Bad Brains, Fishbone, Less Than Jake, Joan Jett, Gym Class Heroes, Plain White Tees, Bad Religion, Manic Hispanic, Cadillac Tramps, Joyce Manor, Neil Hamburger, Chronic Future's Time and Time, Yellowcard, The Screamers, Limp Wrist, Story So Far, 45 Grave, Bikini Kill, The Dickies