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5) Dance Gavin Dance (Friday 8:05 PM on the AbsolutePunk.net Stage)
NoteArmed with a new album and new lead singer in Tilian Pearson, Dance Gavin Dance will tear through a fiery set featuring the latest cuts from Acceptance Speech. The back and forth between Jon Mess and Pearson is dazzling, so make sure you're in the front of the crowd when DGD hits the stage

4) The Word Alive (Saturday 6:00 on the PropertyOfZack Stage)
NoteGood luck finding a fan base as passionate as the one The Word Alive has. I'm telling you, these kids go crazy for the Phoenix-based metalcore band. Fronted by one of the most charismatic vocalists in the genre - Telle Smith - The Word Alive's thirty minute set will be a chaotic party full of booming screams, breakdowns, and back flips.

3) Story of the Year (Friday 8:55 on the AbsolutePunk.net Stage)
NoteThe St. Louis pop-punk/hardcore hybrid band is back and is currently touring the country playing its breakthrough album, Page Avenue, in full. Story of the Year has always been one of the tightest and most intense live bands around, so even if you're just a casual fan or novice, you still need to check SOTY out, as they'll melt your face off.

2) A Lot Like Birds (Saturday 4:25 on the Under The Gun Review Stage)
NoteNext week, A Lot Like Birds is set to unleash its lethal new album, No Place. But before that happens you need to check out the Sacramento metal/progressive/awesome band on Saturday afternoon. Expect to see some incredible guitar work intermixed with Kurt Travis' passionate vocals and Cory Lockwood's harsh screams. Don't be surprised if A Lot Like Birds ends up as your favorite band after the weekend.

1) Finch (Friday 10:15 on the AbsolutePunk.net Stage)
NoteSimilar to Story of the Year, Finch is another kinda-reunited band playing through its breakthrough album. What It Is To Burn was not only an important part of how I was raised in the scene, the album also paved the way for other bands to incorporate screaming with its progressive pop-punk stylings. If you are attending this festival, make sure you take advantage of seeing Finch play classics like "Grey Matter," "Letters To You," and, of course, "What It Is To Burn."

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