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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.





Loser Company's "Blueberry Skies" is a psych-tinged, indie rock gem

"Blueberry Skies," Loser Company's latest single, opens on a blissful tone, floating like a nostalgic reverie. A psychedelic whimsy immediately invites with a wondrous glow, but the songwriting duo of Will and Mas present a setting that is far more grounded than it appears at first glance. "Smiling wide under blueberry skies / Pretendin’ everything’s fine," Will sings in a coarse, gruff manner, letting us assume that there's a troubling back story behind his otherwise colorful imagery. And it's a joy to behold—accented by a mid-tempo piano vamp and Will's histrionic guitar work, the duo's sprawling pop opus brings us back to the days of indie-rock giants like Built to Spill and the Elephant 6 collective, all while propelling the genre forward.

"Blueberry Skies" is the first single off Loser Company's forthcoming EP of the same name, releasing December 7 on all streaming platforms. Catch the band perform at Harvard & Stone on November 17. Juan Rodríguez





Maddi Ryan debuts tender single "Wrong," plays Loretta's Last Call 11.30

The tenderness that radiates from Boston’s Maddi Ryan’s music comes from the singer’s clear ability to engage her most honest emotions, and deliver them cordially through her vocals, full of grace. Ryan’s latest alt-pop single “Wrong” is very right with its Southern tinge ever-present in the ambient electric guitar notes that linger splendidly, the drums that beat away cool as can be, and a bassline that embellishes in all the right places. The brand new track inspires images of the vast New England outdoors, the long road-trips one dreams of taking, and the afternoons where reflection beckons. The song has our vote for the kind of warm tracks you need to have on your playlist this winter. Maddi will be playing at Loretta’s Last Call in Boston on November 30th. Listen to the cozy melodies of “Wrong” below. - Rene Cobar





Jimbo - Crank Up the Fuzz on New EP "Where the Vultures Gather"

Kingston psych-rockers Jimbo are back with a new EP “Where the Vultures Gather”. The first track rips right off the hop. “Mamawawa” has the fuzz cranked all the way up for the opening riff. The verse smooths out with a rolling bassline and laid back vocals. The fuzz can’t be silenced for long though as it fires back up and your head will bang with approval. The solo is an absolute shredder too! “Where the Vultures Gather” is available on their bandcamp page now! Jimbo rocks The Monarch Tavern on Saturday November 16th along with Kiss the Fish and Joe Mcleod. – Kris Gies





Healing Potpourri at The Knockout Nov 8

How to describe Healing Potpourri? Sweet bossa beats with a real gentle vibe. Healing, indeed. It's like what you wish elevator music was. The boys are coming to The Knockout tonight and we wanted to send out this late but proper invitation. So forth, be soothed. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

 

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