Warped Tour with Anti-Flag, Bad Religion, Bouncing Souls, the Devil Wears Prada, P.O.S., Underoath, TSOL, Brokencyde, the Exploited, 3OH!3, and others | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader

Warped Tour with Anti-Flag, Bad Religion, Bouncing Souls, the Devil Wears Prada, P.O.S., Underoath, TSOL, Brokencyde, the Exploited, 3OH!3, and others All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., Aug. 1, 12 p.m. 2009

So it looks like screamo scene kids have discovered hip-hop, and the results are worse than anyone could’ve imagined. The common ground between post-Hot Topic metalcore and mainstream rap—staked out by the likes of 3OH!3, Hollywood Undead, and Albuquerque crunkcore outfit Brokencyde—seems to consist largely of retrograde gender stereotyping, fervent consumerism, and an inexplicable enthusiasm for sex with people you don’t like or respect. But though metalcore and mainstream rap occasionally produce non-terrible music, I doubt crunkcore ever will. Brokencyde’s best-known song, “Freaxxx,” is a generic Black Eyed Peas-style beat topped with Auto-Tuned singing, metalcore shrieking, and whiny sub-Eminem rapping, a combination only slightly easier to swallow than the misogyny in the lyrics. Even critics who are usually eager to defend popular music from the supposed snobbery of the tastemaking elite have had no luck finding a single redeeming quality in this dog shit. This show is part of the Warped Tour. Set times will be announced the day of the show. —Miles Raymer

Price: $40, $34.25 in advance

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