Best Live Show
Despite these great albums, the number one album of the year is definitely Nothing More’s self-titled album, which tops any other album released in the last few years. The music is invigorating, inspiring, and addictive, and the lyrics are beyond intelligent. They are the manifestation of years of experiences dealing with loss, struggling to survive, and meeting people from all walks of life. “Jenny” is an incredible song about a young woman who continues to weigh down others by her inability to stay off of drugs. “The Matthew Effect” provides searing commentary on today’s well-off young people raised by parents who live through their childrens’ successes. “God Went North” discusses the loss of a mother to a horrible cancer that devastates its victim. Nothing More’s live show is also ecstatic. Full of incredible energy and life, with a three-person bass solo and a full-band drum solo, Nothing More released the best album of the year and travels and performs the music in a way that leaves you speechless. I have seen them several times this year, and it never gets old.
Best Local Band
Best Unsigned Band
The WTF Award
Why I loved going to Warped Tour this year
Chase Walker Band – uber talented young blues guitarist. Going to be famous someday. Go see him now.
Beebs and Her Money Makers – Not sure how to explain this, but joining heavily tattooed metalcore fans dancing to Beebs is perhaps one of the highlights of Warped. Their music is as fun as it gets.
Dan Adler was raised in Southern California to a mom and dad, one of whom appreciated Creedence and left wing anti-war politics. By the teenage years, Dan became obsessed with Black Sabbath, listening to the same seven albums repeatedly for 5 years. During this time, his favorite concert experience was seeing Metallica open for a bunch of bands that no longer exist and winning the 1st ever Santa Cruz Air Guitar contest. After several years in Africa listening and dancing to Chimurenga music, Dan returned to have the two best children in the world, one of whom spends a lot of time at concerts with him. What a lucky dad!