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Breathe Carolina has played dates on Vans Warped Tour prior to this year. But the experience is completely different now that the band is not only playing main stage, but doing so with a platinum-selling single to its credit. The electro-duo from Colorado is rising to the occasion while adapting to the heat, more literally than figuratively.

“Our laptops that we have for the music set aren’t too bad,” David Schmitt said of the weather’s effect on the band’s equipment. “But we had video screens at the beginning of this tour, and we were in Las Vegas and it was so hot that the computers wouldn’t turn on, so we couldn’t use them.”

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With the constant change in set times and tech set-ups, attempting to implement video screens is ambitious for any group, let alone one playing the main stage at Warped for its first time.

“We just wanted to push ourselves and kind of push everybody else that you can do it,” Kyle Even said. “But the reality of it is a lot crazier than I thought.”

Breathe Carolina will finish out the Warped Tour trek before breaking out those video screens again for a handful of festival dates in the U.S. and abroad. The band’s re-release of Hell Is What You Make It is in stores now.

On WBRE’s “PA Live!” for this week’s “The Ralphie Report,” I recapped my coverage of Vans Warped Tour and reported on the new entertainment venue that will be opening next year inside the expansion of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, I talked Justin Bieber, Vans Warped Tour, and Drake’s new number one album.

Simple Plan has been around the block a couple times, but even drummer Chuck Comeau was a little overwhelmed when the band attempted to film its latest music video in an airport.

“The whole video almost collapsed the night before,” the drummer revealed to “The Ralphie Radio Show” while on this year’s Vans Warped Tour. “It was crazy stressful but in the end we got something really great and the funny thing is, we couldn’t play really loud.”

When almost any music video is filmed, the song is played on set in the background so that the artists and sing and play along to it, as if they’re actually playing the track. If you’ve never been on a music video set before, lead singer Pierre Bouvier explained why the low volume mandate proved tricky during the shoot.

“The point is to get (the music) as loud as possible, so you feel like you’re actually playing it,” said the front man. “So you can feel the energy and you don’t feel all ridiculous moving around like you’re rocking out to a little boom box that’s about level two volume.”

Despite the music, the guys are happy with the final product. Simple Plan decided to film the piece for “Jet Lag,” a track from Get Your Heart On!, in Toronto Pearson International Airport. Thankfully for the pop-rockers, they were able to use a terminal closed to the public and under construction. Still, the band was subject to airport security, getting “frisked” anytime they entered or exited the terminal.

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Simple Plan was also thankful for the hotel right next to the airport, which meant Natasha Bedingfield wouldn’t have to travel far from them to record her parts. Bedingfield is on the track and Bouvier said the initial plan was to make the room look as if Bedingfield was at home.

“But, it’s kind of obvious that it’s a hotel room, right?” Pierre asked. “The art department is going to get fired on that one!” he joked.

Comeau added that if you look closely, you can actually see the airport and airplanes out of Bedingfield’s window during the video. Bouvier quickly threw in that the fact would end up on “Pop Up Video,” and it was until that point that the band showed no signs of their first hit coming back in 2002.

It sounds like an oxymoron, but 3OH!3 is beginning to wind down by playing some dates on Vans Warped Tour.

“We’re kind of reaching the end of our cycle for this record (Streets of Gold),” Nathaniel Motte told me at Vans Warped Tour last week. “We’re going to take some time off, and kind of recuperate. And then, we’ve been working progressively on a lot of material and I’m excited to get time off, get some head space, and go right in to making a new record, I think it’ll be fun.”

Motte and partner-in-crime Sean Foreman are creating that LP in Colorado and California, with some past and new collaborators. To hold fans over, the band recently released “Robot” – complete with a music video premiere on Will Ferrell’s “Funny or Die” website. The song will also serve as another to add to the duo’s Warped Tour set list. Unlike previous years, 3OH!3 only joins the summer festival for about two weeks this time.

“It’s kind of like a nice chunk of it before you start getting a little bit sick of parking lots and get sun stroke,” Foreman semi-joked. “Honestly, we’ve loved doing it in years past. It’s just this year, we’re going to try and take some time off the road and get some writing done.”

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Motte echoed similar sentiments about the tour, which 3OH!3 found success on before “Don’t Trust Me” became a chart-topping hit.

“It kind of breaks down that barrier between fans and bands,” noted Nat. “We’ve had some of our better shows on this tour and so it just made sense.”

3OH!3’s last date on Warped is July 23 in Uniondale.

Don’t call it a comeback, but feel free to file this one in the “Throwback” section – Paramore is returning to the Vans Warped Tour.

Hayley Williams and company will join the trek for six dates this summer, starting on Thursday July 14 at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton. The band joins a list of other Warped Tour alums returning to the tour – including main stage acts 3OH!3 and Gym Class Heroes. Canadian pop-rockers Simple Plan also rejoin for the group’s first “Warped” stint since 2003.

Paramore had an interesting holiday season – at the end of December last year the band announced that two of its founding members, Zac and Josh Farro, would be departing. Statements have been exchanged publicly between the Farro brothers and the remaining members of Paramore – namely Josh and Hayley. Despite the tumultuous times, Williams told MTV News earlier this year that not only will Paramore stay together, but the band will release new music in 2011.

Crunk-rockers 3OH!3 have had a many tours of duty at “Warped” – as both a relatively unknown act in 2008 and prior – and as the main attraction in 2009 – riding high that summer off of the number one hit, “Don’t Trust Me.” Travie McCoy and Gym Class Heroes are certainly no stranger to Nat and Sean – the two groups have traveled together both on the summer festival and other dates. This is GCH’s first proper tour since McCoy launched a solo career capped with the smash song, “Billionaire” featuring Bruno Mars.

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Most bands grow up attending Vans Warped Tour, continue to grow up while playing Warped Tour, and then hopefully graduate on to bigger and better things.

The Ready Set isn’t most acts. For starters, the band is comprised of one: 21 year-old Jordan Mark Witzigreuter. The last time Jordan attended Warped was seven years ago. This summer, he’ll play the tour for his first time. Coincidentally enough, Simple Plan headlined the summer-long festival when Witzigreuter was 14. The pop-rock band from Canada returns this year, but its The Ready Set that hits the stage backed by radio spins and a platinum-selling single in the J.R. Rotem-produced, “Love Like Woe.”

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“I think it’s going to be fun. I know Warped Tour, for a lot of bands, it’s kind of that thing where you go on it and it’s a thing that can like make or break you,” said Jordan in-studio on “The Ralphie Radio Show. “I’m excited to go into it with sort of an established fan base and I’m just really looking forward to seeing the crowds and seeing how it goes.”

Vans Warped Tour isn’t the most easy-going of the summer festivals: “a grind” and “summer band camp” are terms commonly used by acts with Warped experience.

“Everyone I know says it’s the most fun but also the most difficult tour to do,” the Indiana-born musician shared. “We’ve done summer festival tours but I know this is the ultimate one.”

No, Jordan didn’t misspeak there. Although he’s the only official member of The Ready Set, Witzigreuter is supported by a live backing band on tour dates and radio stops.

“I wanted to do the band name thing to kind of give the whole project a theme,” revealed Jordan of why he went with The Ready Set as opposed to just shortening his last name. “It’s kind of the best of both worlds.”

Witzigreuter is no stranger to diversifying – after enlisted Rotem’s help for his first single, he turned to The Cataracs (“Like a G6”) for assistance on his second single, “Young Forever.”

“The thing for me is, I want to make sure that I never put out the same song twice,” said Jordan. “I don’t want to make anyone bored.”

“All Posner, all hits” or “All killer, no filler” are two of the catchphrases Mike Posner is using to describe his highly anticipated LP, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, which drops August 10. The “Cooler Than Me” emcee keeps it as real as possible. Matter of fact, probably the only thing not authentic about the album is its cover, which was not actually shot in an airplane.

“We rented plane props,” Posner admitted backstage at Vans Warped Tour to “The Ralphie Radio Show.” He also revealed that the record is finished, but he might have to scale back on that first slogan a bit, as there are two collaborations of note on the album.

“I do have Travis Barker playing drums on a song,” Posner said. “I have background vocals sung by… guess who?”

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Yes, the Duke University graduate turned the tables on me with a pop quiz of his own. I failed before he let me in on the correct answer: Boyz II Men.

“I had this song written and I wanted like a barbershop quartet feel to it,” explained Posner. “We reached out, sent them music, and they were like, ‘Yeah, we’re big fans.’ Within a month we were in the studio and those guys are like geniuses… that was a great experience.”

It’s been a summer full of great experiences for the Michigan-native, as his single continues to climb the charts, only raising his popularity while performing on Vans Warped Tour.

“It’s a grind, but it’s awesome man, I love grinding,” he said. “I’m doing sometimes three shows a day, so, I love it out here and I have the opportunity to meet kids all day long, and that’s the best part of the day for me.”

Posner will continue meeting and greeting fans on Warped Tour through the summer before launching on his own headlining trek this fall.

Hey Monday lead singer Cassadee Pope says the band’s forthcoming LP is about two years in the making – as that’s when she started penning tracks for it.

“I had a ton of songs all ready, to go in the studio,” she said aboard Hey Monday’s bus during a sit down with “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “We took the time off between the ‘Glamour Kills’ tour and the AP tour to go in and record the album, which was about a month and a half.”

Pope noted that the recording of Beneath It All went rather quickly because the band entered the studio prepared. Entering armed with some pretty big names never hurts either.

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Check out some of the new tracks now at Hey Monday’s official site.


Butch Walker was the first person the front woman named when I inquired about who she co-wrote songs with. Walker is behind a many pop hits, and co-penned Hey Monday’s “How You Love Me Now”, a single from the band’s debut Hold on Tight. But unlike the first go-around, Pope actually wrote with Walker in person, opposed to over the Internet. Other collaborators include Vertical Horizon’s Matt Scannell, the duo S*A*M & SLUGGO (Sam Hollander and Dave Katz), and The Hooters’ Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman.

Guitarist Mike Gentile revealed Hey Monday is currently planning a fall tour, amidst much promo for the new album, and may even find some unlikely time off in the process.

In an interview on “The Ralphie Radio Show”, We The Kings front man Travis Clark revealed that Demi Lovato may be performing “We’ll Be a Dream” while on tour opening for the Jonas Brothers. But would Nick, Kevin, or Joe be filling in for Travis?

“I mean… whatever!” Clark responded to my thought, clearly amused by it. “I’m entertained by the idea so it’d be funny to see it actually go down.”

The lead singer also let us in on plans to have Demi join We The Kings on a couple more dates of the Vans Warped Tour – Clark mentioned Atlanta and Chicago as two possible opportunities. While on Warped, the band has either deferred to the crowd for Lovato’s parts or invited Hey Monday’s Cassadee Pope on stage to fill in.

We The Kings first hopped on Warped Tour back in 2008, when “Check Yes Juliet” landed the boys from Bradenton, Florida on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and radio stations across the globe. Now three singles, two years, and one album later – much has changed for the band – but Clark believes the biggest difference is within the band members’ personal lives.

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“If we wanted to, for example, cut through the park to go to catering or something like that, we would get mauled, we would never make it. Where in 2008, we could walk around anywhere we wanted, go see any band we wanted, and now it’s just a little harder to get around,” he admitted. “It’s super flattering, and we want to go out and say ‘hi’ to everybody. But, we never want to be the band that takes away from other people’s sets.”

Clark explained the last part as if it’s an unwritten rule of the Warped Tour handbook – you never attempt to upstage another band, especially one that may fall within the same lane of music as your band. How far do We The Kings go to ensure this doesn’t happen? Clark said that his tour manager will specifically schedule the band’s tent signings at times that do not conflict with similar artists on stage, so that the mutual fans won’t have to miss a show for an autograph.