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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.





ARON D'ALESIO - "DIAMOND RING" MUSIC VIDEO

Frontman for Hamilton indie trio Young Rival, Aron D’alesio is set to release his debut solo record on August 25th on Paper Bag Records. Young Rival always has interesting music videos so I was excited to see what D’alesio would come up with for the first solo single “Diamond Ring”. This video is actually very in line with the themes of the song as it follows a seemingly lonely man around town in cold weather as he reflects on perhaps some love gone wrong…but one woman’s past could lead to a new woman’s future as we see at the end - loneliness can be cured. The track is a great indie-garage-pop tune with beautiful harmonies and jangly guitar work soaked in reverb. Expect some release party announcements very soon. – Kris Gies

 





Sad Baxter's ‘Weirdy’ LP + tour with show at The East Room 8.4

Nashville duo Sad Baxter has come a long way since their debut EP release in 2015. While the EP (recorded live on an 8-track tape machine) showed their penchant for fast-paced grunge, their full-length LP, Weirdyproves that none of the messy, lovable aspects of their music are lost in production. In Weirdy, their guitars are even louder, their energy palpable, but their harmonies are refined (specifically seen in “The Big One,” which is featured on both projects). Sad Baxter is currently on tour, with a stop in their hometown of Nashville on August 4th at The East Room. -Lilly Milman, photograph by Caroline Bowman

Listen to our favorite track, “The Drip” streaming below. 





Psych Rock

Date New: 
Sat, 09/02/2017 (All day)
Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
Crumb
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/TheCrumbBand/
Venue name: 
Baby's All Right




From the digital submissions: Jack Labbe's tender Americana

When it comes to the New England Americana of Jack Labbe, there is a lot more than meets the eye. For example, his newest release, How to Behave Around Horses, comes with footnotes that, quite literally, teach you about horse etiquette. Meanwhile, his lyrics focus on past relationships. When combined, these two themes work well together, providing a unique approach to future relationships. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Paris Parks at Bennington College (where Labbe himself attends) the production of this EP is masterful—it’s intimate, warm, tender. Listening to this EP is like being in a room with Labbe; no background noise, no outside forces, just the serene picking of his guitar. - Lilly Milman

Listen to our favorite track "Plastic Rose" streaming below.

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