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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.





Crowning "Visceral Ghosts”

Emo Violence band Crowning has released a new single called “Visceral Ghosts”. The single is a part of four way split single released by The Ghost Is Clear Records.

You can catch Crowning at Empty Bliss (98 N La Salle St) on June 25th with For Your Health, Shin Guard, and Frail Body.

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Stander "The Slow Bark"

Experimental Metal trio Stander has released the first single, “At Arm’s Length”, from their forthcoming coming debut album, The Slow Bark, which is due out May 10th.

Stander is the work of Mike Boyd (guitars, piano, samples), Derek Shlepr (bass), and Stephen Waller (drums).

You can catch Stander at Empty Bottle on May 1st with Mako Sica and Imelda Marcos. They will also be performing at Sleeping Village on May 25th with Bloodymind, Aseethe, and Ikaray.

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Superblonde's "Stay Dumb" is the drumbeat of our uncertain times

Let the antipathy wash over you on Superblonde’s new record Stay Dumb, an eight track hardcore symposium on fatalism and self-doubt. From fire starter “Learning To Burn’s” introductory lyrics (“our lives are over”) to the allegorical title track “Stay Dumb” (“I’m… like a fly on a sundial with no wings, no real desire to leave”) to shredded closer “Chüb,” the scope of Superblonde’s philosophical outlook comes at the behest of frontman Ryan Richardson’s shrewd, meticulous lyrics. While the content is often bleak, a close reading shows Richardson’s worldview is at times ambivalent, recognizing the difficulty of change, in both a personal and cultural capacity, but acknowledging it is possible. Parred with floor tom destroying percussion and ear ringing guitar work, Stay Dumb is a cathartic album for the increasingly uncertain times we live in. Stream it below. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt)

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Midnight Dice @ Reggie's (5/3)

Metal band Midnight Dice recently released their self-titled debut EP digitally and on May 3rd it will be receiving a vinyl release via Chicago Metal label Hoove Child Records.

This is the traditional metal sounds of Mandy Martillo (Vocals), Steve "Lethal" Beaudette (Guitars), Patrick "Rusty" Glockle (Drums), and Jose Salazar (Bass).

You can catch Midnight Dice at Reggie’s on May 3rd with High Spirits, Savage Master, and Castle.

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