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Vow of Volition Make the Final Round of the Battle for Warped Tour

The Vans Warped Tour was the first festival for many of us back in the day. As young'ns, it's likely we didn't necessarily think about all that went into figuring out the bands to book and play the whole shebang. Part of that process, at least locally, seems to be through a series "battle of the bands" style competitions specifically for landing a spot on the fest. Quite a few Portland bands have been furiously playing against one another for said spot, and djent/prog metal act Vow of Volition are one of the acts that made it to the finals.

Warped Tour was always the type of festival that included much in the realm of pop punk, punk punk, emo and metal, so Vow of Volition's advancement to the final round is no surprise. Their incredibly technical, at times jazzy metal stands out in Portland's pretty linear popular music scene, and is much worthy of the attention its getting.

Those that want to support Vow of Volition in driving home the permanent spot can go to the Battle for Warped Tour finals Saturday at the Hawthorne Theatre.





Looms' "Eclipse" is an ode to emotional paralysis - live at Berlin 3.28

It’s hard not bask in the languid world of “Eclipse,” the first single off dream punk act Looms’ new record The Way Up. Written after a summer tour and a break up, frontman Sharif Mekawy’s lyrics about “wishing the moon would make it dark” embody a passive paralysis, the feeling of watching the hours tick by, a stupor from the reception of unexpected and unpleasant news. Looms’ interweaving guitars bolster this vibe, its impressive sundrenched noodling a sonic representation of the frustration that lies just below the surface. And while the Brooklyn four piece may have chosen to name this track after a solar eclipse, it feels just like a lazy afternoon in how it encapsulates the boring-to-death moments in between the events that define our lives. Give it a listen below, and catch Looms at Berlin on March 28th alongside Color Tongue, Monoculture, and Huh. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt), Photo by Liz Maney





New Music Video: "No Expectations" - Little Strike

A beautiful, new video for “No Expectations,” from Littles Strike's latest EP Beyond Things, has arrived. Animated by Raymo Ventura, the visuals find Tamar Dart traversing through both physical and mental spaces. Following that enchanting, subconscious daydream, Dart thoughtfully expresses her feelings in an elegant, even-keeled manner. This Sunday at the Trocadero, Play On Philly will be presenting Little Strike with the POP Academy Strings, and they'll supported by Rachel Andie and Poppin' Off Brass Band on the billing.

Little Strike "No Expectations" from Raymo Ventura





Debut Knifeplay LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Pearlty is the debut full-length album from the Tj Strohmer-led outfit Knifeplay. A delicate dusting of shoegazing atmosphere melds with breezy introspection. Hovering weightless over the top of one’s thoughts and then crashing climatically down on points of emphasis, there’s a subdued, somber, tranquilizing affect. It hits you in what seems like slow gradual motion, but the blow leaves a mark. (Photo by Doug Dulgarian)





New Music Video: "Borderlines" - Baroness

Gold & Grey, the forthcoming album from Baroness, is slated for release on June 14 via Abraxan Hymns. A new video for the band's latest single, “Borderlines,” has surfaced. The song captures a long haul trajectory, blending the melodic with the heavy in a pummeling yet precise, rifft-tastic power. Baroness will be headlining Decibel Magazine's Metal and Beer Fest on Saturday, April 13 at The Fillmore Philadelphia.

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