By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Jun 13, 2006 at 11:52 AM
We know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking punk was dead way before Green Day got MTV play, and that any  “punk” band that MTV recognizes probably isn’t deserving of the genre label in the first place.

But just remember, there is a whole generation of kids sporting studded belts and faux-hawks who, when the Sex Pistols made anarchy accessible, weren’t even born yet. And rather than CBGB being the Mecca of all things punk, they’ve got the Van’s Warped Tour.

No, it’s not the same (how could anything even come close?), but it might be their only chance these days to spend an entire day swimming recklessly through a sea of punchy rock ‘n’ roll, more teeny buttons than they can fit on their jean jackets and sweaty Chuck Taylors, sans socks.

That being said, the Warped Tour body slams Milwaukee on Saturday, June 17 at the Marcus Amphitheater, and this year, Vagrant Records is going to have its own stage, which is, apparently, the largest stage presented by a label in the history of the tour.

On this very stage, you’re likely to see a plethora of vagrants who go by the names: Senses Fail, Saves The Day, From Autumn to Ashes, The Bled, Moneen, Emanuel, Protest the Hero and Down to Earth Approach. And the good news keeps coming: Senses Fail and Saves The Day will be doing double-duty, performing their set on the main stage as well as offering fans rare acoustic sets on the Vagrant stage the same day.
Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”