Now in its 17th year, the Vans Warped Tour is a traveling summertimerite of passage for young music fans -- and loads of young bands. To give you aninsider's preview of this year's 44-date jaunt, which kicked off Friday in Dallas, we asked Craig Owens of D.R.U.G.S. (photo top left), one of the tour's main stage bands, to name the acts he's most excited to see.
Over the course of her nearly decade-long career as Grouper, Liz Harris has become a master of all things overcast. Her ambient compositions and waterlogged ballads are like fogged-up windows — bleary enough to indicate the bleakness inside, but only its vaguest outlines. There’s suggestion of something heartbreaking, but its true shape remains occluded, unobtainable,… More »