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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.





New Haunted Homes EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Haunted Homes just released an EP whose title eerily ushers in the summer. Produced by Uniform Recording's Jeff Zeigler, Séance At The Shore echoes surf-rock optimism, with a foreboding undertow. Despite the murky pretense of alluring keys, one is drawn toward the humid haze. The quintet, along with American Trappist,  are penciled in to support Madalean Gauze’s record release show on Friday, July 21 at Johnny Brenda’s.





NYC Record of the Month: Evolfo - "Last of the Acid Cowboys" + live at PizzaFest tonight (06.22)

Brooklyn-based Evolfo plays garage rock with the sort of heart, grit, and flourishes you'd expect from a group of vinyl store junkies with a massive b-side collection. The band, an ensemble of music school students who originally united (to much acclaim) in Boston, crafts tunes that play like a well-curated list of late 60s-70s cult hits. They've created a reputation for songs that are visceral, infectious, and immediately bewitching, and their most recent release, "Last of the Acid Cowboys," does not disappoint. From the crunch of opening track "Vision of Sin," to the bluesy saunter of "Moon Eclipsed the Sun," the record manages to cover a lot of ground but never relinquishes its too-cool, old-school vibes. Tracks like "Frank the Fiddler" add a swirling, synth-led mystique to the album but the core of the LP is the brash and brazen garage rock fun pulsing throughout it. All in all, Last of the Acid Cowboys is an electric record that puts a much-welcomed twist on revivalism. - Olivia Sisinni





Alt Soul artist Quiet Luke plays Sunnyvale 07.20

New York artist Quiet Luke treks over an interesting array of styles, blending sedated but emotional lyrics that heed to the classic R&B feel, with distorted electronic beats and heavily modulated synth lines accompanied by funky, staccato guitar parts. He released his debut album Beholden last year, which included the energized single “Escapist” (streaming), a track embodying his exploration of modern electronica styles and signature vocals, serving as a bold debut for the young artist. You can see Quiet Luke live at Sunnyvale on July 20st. - Tafari Lemma 





Intense, break out pop rockers Thirdstory return to NYC at Warsaw on 06.23

In May 2016, NYC’s Thirdstory released their debut EP ‘Searching’, a feel-good, folk-rock album with epic pop overtones that ended up resonating with tens of thousand of people. “Searching For A Feeling”, the first track off the EP, combines open, honest lyrics that reflect the contemporary struggles of today’s hookup culture with layers of vocals and guitars that build in emotion. Check it out below and, if this is your cup of tea, don’t miss their upcoming show at Warsaw this Friday June 23rd. - Ashley Muniz

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