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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.





Spritzer premieres video for "Jean & Helene"

NYC's Spritzer, the side project of Friend Roulette's Matthew Flory Meade, is a band of skilled musicians who, refreshingly, don't take themselves too seriously. The songs from their debut album, Love. Lies. Decay. showcase for pop that at once refind and high energy, with inflections of early-aughts indie reminiscent of Arcade Fire, but also sophisticated pop up from the late '80s/early '90s like Prefab Sprout and The The. Songs like Jean & Helene, whose video was premiered a few days ago, are a rollicking ride, with relentless uptempo drums, reverb-laden vocals, and swirling synth lines that lend an air of the mystical to the already dream-like tunes. This is definitely a new NYC band to keep an ear on. - Ethan Ames





Native Sun talk about Pedals on Delicious Audio + play El Cortez on 08.16

Brooklyn Native Sun's fast paced and heavy handed mix of garage and psych rock has earned a space in the soundtrack to our summer 2018 trips. Their recent EP "Songs Born from Love and Hate" features many flavors of fuzzed-out guitars, so we thought it might be interesting to ask the band a few questions about their pedals and  gear - check out the link below, and see them live at NYC's El Cortez on August 16.

Native Sun interview about Pedals and Gear





New Inside Voices Demo EP Available for Streaming

An air of strange saturates in the new four-song demo from Inside Voices. Steered by the omnipresent push of percussion and the commander-control, dispensed vocals in a space-station setting, an over-arching intensity hangs in the atmosphere - one that lies dormant and then is realized in switch-flipping, musical reactions that tip the scales. It's a gradual swell of heaviness that asserts its stake on a shoegazing headspace.





Salt Cathedral's "Rudeboy" is an undeniable earworm

The latest single from Salt Cathedral proves that the dancehall inspired pop that has taken root in the mainstream hasn’t scared away any alt-pop artists from dipping their toes in this distinct style of music. “Rudeboy” features mercurial production, shifting from Caribbean percussion to a chopped up vocal sample that acts as a synth on the hook. The soft, pulsating beat is a backdrop for a song about breaking through unsureness and finding something truly real in a relationship. –Tucker Pennington

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