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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.





Cutouts debut album 'Baby Blue Suede,' play Mercury on 7.28

One of the most surprising aspects of Brooklyn band Cutouts’ debut album Baby Blue Suede is that the title originates from a poem about a Billy Joel song. The crooning of Cutouts is a far leap away from the pop legend provocative pop-rock, but in a weird way, it makes sense for this band. Their thematic goal on this album was to foray into the complex and unpredictable — and they do this well, over a psychedelic soundscape of guitar loops, distortions, and even a refreshing violin part. Their use of characters in songs like “Nina” and “Baby Blue Suede & the Dangerous Three” shows their narrative capacity as artists, as well as their ingenuity. Cutouts are definitely a band to watch in the Brooklyn scene, and they will be at the Mercury Lounge on July 28th. - Lilly Milman

Watch the video for our favorite track “Phone Sex” below.





Arthur Moon plays Baby's on 07.30 + talks about gear and the creative process

Avant-pop sextet, Arthur Moon, recently released their sonorously boisterous debut EP, Our Head, and since then, the record's delicate, electro-tinged 5 tracks have been defiantly stuck in our heads. We recently saw the band at a Sofar Sound show and were mesmerized by their performance (check out the video of their Beatles' cover from that same show, streaming below), so we highly recommend you check them out at their next live performance at Baby's All Right on July 30th.

Our sister pedal blog Delicious Audio just published this interview where they talk about gear and the creative process.





Deli Premiere: MICKY drops funky new single "He Won't"

If we're going to be honest about it, 2017 has yet to produce a real summer banger. Sure, you can make arguments for a few radio hits, but you'd really have to argue that one of them fits that magical "song of the summer" moniker. However, NYC-based MICKY (aka Michael Persall), might have just delivered the ultimate track to save you from those summer blues. "He Won't," the Motown-pop influenced singer's newest song premiering exclusively with the Deli, is another perfect example of MICKY's penchant for making vintage sounds feel fresh and modern. With smooth horns, soulful falsetto vocals and funky synths, "He Won't" is easily your perfect top-down driving tune. Stream it below, and we dare you to not fall head over heels in love. - Olivia Sisinni





New Track: "Becca's Jam" - Hardwork Movement

“Becca’s Jam,” the latest single from hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement, which was produced by Weathervane Music, negotiates a narrative of love from multiple perspectives. A through line of percussion steadies the course as currents of electrified keys and trumpet create a break in the clouds. The storytelling baton is seamlessly passed in a hopeful desire to maintain a deep connection. Paired with Strange Parts, Hardwork Movement will be braving the heat, and performing this evening as part of Spruce Street Harbor’s Waterfront Sessions.

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