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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.





Sen Morimoto

Kyoto-born multi-instrumentalist composer and emcee Sen Morimoto will be releasing his new LP, Cannonball! Via Sooper Record on May 4th. Morimoto, now based in Chicago, blends jazz, pop, and hip hop to create a sound all his own. The album features contribution from Kaina and Reason Being.

You can help Sen Morimoto celebrate the release of Cannonball! on May 26th at Empty Bottle with Kaina and Qari.





New Honey Radar EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Still not really ready to deal with Monday yet? Feel free to phone it in today, and chill the fuck out to the carefree vignettes of Honey Radar's Psychic Cruise. The new EP from the lo-fi, Jason Henn-led project is out now via Atlanta's Chunklet Industries. You can catch Henn and the gang opening for No Age on Thursday, May 3 at the First Unitarian Church.





New Cold Fronts LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Fantasy Du Jour, the sophomore LP from Cold Fronts, is out now via Sire. The band still revs it up, and joyously rips riffs; however, they also take the time to step back, slow down for a second, and get introspective. Those lyrical peeks behind the curtain are tranquil opportunities to refresh and reflect, but the album still remains a very fun ride, with the mellower moments really setting off the full-bore rockers and vice versa. Cold Fronts is getting set to hit the road next month with Hockey Dad, and the tour will be making a stop in Philly on Thursday, June 14 at Everybody Hits.





Sam Himself debuts sophomore EP "Nobody"

With his deep and expressive voice, Swiss, New York City based indie rocker Sam Himself possesses the swagger of crooners of the '80s like Bruce Springsteen and Chris Isaak, with a deep touching at times the depths of The National's Matt Berninger's tenor on "Bad as a Smile," our favorite track among the ones streaming on his Soundcloud page. The songwriting flirts with timelesness, offering rock songs with an atmospheric and thoughtfully sophisticated angle. Today Sam Himself releases his sophomore EP titled "Nobody," you can stream it here

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