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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.





The Deli LA Premieres: talker releases cathartic music video for "Intimidated"

Introspective singer-songwriter talker lets her guard down on the video for her latest single, "Intimidated." A stark depiction of a frayed relationship that's in shambles, Celeste Taucher (who goes by the nom de plume talker) sings as if having a conversation with herself before it erupts into a starling finish, where she finds the courage to break the silence that separates them. Nevertheless, she strums her guitar with quiet confidence, fueling her repressed anger until she frees that tension with a rush of crushing guitars. Taucher accomplishes a grunge-informed ballad which teems with cathartic release. 

"Intimidated" is taken from talker's still-unnamed forthcoming EP, which comes out of February 22. Watch the video below. Juan Rodríguez

Photo Credit: Bridgit Fatora

 





New Whaler Jr. EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Whaler Jr., a.k.a. Brendan McHale (of RFA) recently posted his new EP. Atta Boy begins with its compact, breezy title track, while “Tired” casually coasts contrasting its self-accessing narrative with a sense of ease, throwing in some guitar sparks for good measure. “Coffee Fiddles” delicately awakens in acoustic strums, as wafts of morning brew welcome the day. This latest batch of recordings brightens with its thoughtful, bouncy bursts of energy.





New Track: "A.D.D." - The City & I

A new song from Colins "Bear" Regisford's The City & I has emerged. "A.D.D." captures a raw, funky, fuzz-punk tone. There’s a genre-melding, guitar-ripping openness to the track. It's in your face and heavy yet exudes an intimate vulnerability. Hopefully this is a precursor to a new album, a long-awaited follow-up to his debut Downer. (Photo by CJ Harvey)





Foreign Air releases "Used to You" + tours the US

Operating in the intersection between New Wave, EDM, and soul music, Brooklyn via Washington DC Foreign Air have forged a recognizable and original style, while releasing a series of incredibly catchy songs. First single Free Animal put them on the right path, but the solid 2016 EP For the Light already included another noteworthy track (In the Shadows), which climbed the digital charts and helped keep the name "hot." After that initial burst, the band has managed to keep their fans' attention alive through the constant release of several other quality singles. Their latest, entitled "Used to You" (streaming below), is a glo-fi mid-tempo that flirts with trip hop and Moby's looped soul samples. The duo just announced a month-long North American tour that will take them to Austin during SXSW and back to Baby's All Right on April 9th. 

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