1. Cherri Bomb
I have to admit to some skepticism making my way through publicity for the teen girl rock group Cherri Bomb. Fortunately, they have the power and energy to back up claims about their rock credentials. The group is managed by former Hole Samantha Maloney, and every song is packed with hooks that will appeal to pop as well as rock fans. Group members range from age 14 to 16 and the debut album This Is the End Of Control was released in May. It has risen as high as #11 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
Watch "Shake the Ground"
2. Blood On the Dance Floor
The electropop and hardcore blend that is Blood On the Dance Floor is a glorious mess live. Giant red beach balls litter the audience, while the group execute with chaotic energy on stage. The band is definitely on the rise and this year's album Evolution cracked the top 50 of the Billboard album chart. It also debuted at the top of the electronic album chart.
3. Skinny Lister
Skinny Lister are clearly following in the wake of the British folk rock breakthrough of Mumford and Sons. However, the group adds a new focal point in female vocalist Lorna Thomas. Standing out as one of the most unique bands on Warped Tour 2012, Skinny Lister deserve the rising attention. A heavy schedule of festival appearances is sure to make the group familiar to a wide range of music fans.
Watch "Rollin' Over"
4. Mod Sun
Derek Smith, aka Mod Sun, is not a newcomer for many of the fans who descend on Warped Tour. He was part of the groups Scary Kids Scaring Kids and Four Letter Lie in the past. However, embarking on a solo career has allowed his upbeat, energetic personality to come to the forefront. It is difficult not to like Mod Sun and his self-described, Shwayze style "hippy hop." Last year Rolling Stone magazine listed him as one of the top 16 unsigned acts. The recently released "Happy As F**k" is a summer anthem to remember.
Watch "Happy As F**k"
At first glance it is possible to dismiss Amyst as just another post-hardcore screamo band. However, their blend of traditional vocals with screaming works better than the most. Truly attention getting was their ultra intense cover of Adele's smash hit "Rolling In the Deep."
Watch Fall Asleep Under the Sky