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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.





Bodega is on the cover of the 54th issue of The Deli NYC!

If there's a turn of phrase we kind of detest here at The Deli is "taking the scene by storm." It's one of those generic prefab sentences that ring insincere. But then again, sometimes, some bands do that - kind of rare, but it happens, right? And sometimes, on a hot day like today, being lazy is kind of inevitable. So... yes! Brooklyn's Bodega are taking the NYC scene by storm with their blend of post-punk and pop and their super-fun live shows. That, and their somewhat familiar name, are the main reasons why they are on the cover of the new, spring 2018 issue of The Deli! 

The issue, our 54th NYC one, is now up online and you can read it here.

It's an issue linked to the biggest event for musicians we've ever organized, which will host a Stompbox Exhibit, a Synth Expo and a Vintage Guitar Exchange in a Bushwick art gallery called Absurd Conclave - hope to see you there!

The Folks at The Deli NYC





Weekend Warrior, May 25 - 27

Philly’s Blowdryer released a new full-length self-titled tape today, and this evening, they’ll be celebrating its arrival at Everybody Hits. Acknowledging present circumstances in direct lyricism, keenly cutting to the points, the band melodically maneuvers with exuberant ends, highlighting observations & issues on the individual (micro-level) that can be applied on the larger scale. The post-punk trio creates something that’s fun and catchy, while touching on the shortcomings of living in our own self-contained bubbles. Tonight, Sarah Everton (Telepathic, Bleeding Rainbow), Robyn Campbell (Permanent Body), and Dominique Montgomery will be supported by noise-punks Chronic Anxiety and the quartet of Soft Crime, which is made up of Jason Killinger (Spacin’), Jenna Robb (Louie Louie), Colin Pate (Total Discharge) and Emily Burtner (Marge). – Michael Colavita

Other haps this Memorial Day weekend…

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Blowdryer (Tape Release), Soft Crime, Chronic Anxiety

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI A Benefit for Suzie Rapp and Cody Ferdinand: The Cobbs, A.M. Mills, Fox Bay

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI DJSC, SAT The Fleeting Ends/Fame Lust, SUN Kohn, Matty Moonshine, Internal Rhyme, Shon Goner, Ikechukwu, Chedda Bandz, Bino Da Singer/Bryant Eugene Vazquez, Smellco, Sad Actor

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT The Divine Hand Ensemble present The Music of Frank Zappa, SUN Mary Lattimore

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT LCD Soundsystem vs Daft Punk Tribute Night

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Ellen Siberian-Tiger, Queue, SUN (Upstairs) Joshua Park (Record Release), Hinton, Bower, Jones

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Krooked Youth

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Lör, SAT Tiedye Ky

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Gene Wildest, American Letters, SAT Blood Sound, SUN Knightlife, Weller

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Beasters, Total F*cking Destruction, SAT Death By Bong, SUN Pete Hill

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Aktive, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Brendan Bring 'Em

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT David Cope

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) SAT Nazeer Art'aud, Allan Moor, Mason

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Parlour Noir, SAT Mesén Around. SUN Frank Porter, Tanner Gerard King

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SUN DJ Lean Wit It  

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Philly’s Foxes/DJ Chris Urban

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Breathing, Countdown From Ten, SAT The Dispersions, Uncle Dan/Caleb Michael, Hayley Dare

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Crosstown Traffic, SAT Flannel

The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SAT Break Free Fest: Soul Glo, Sour Spirit, SUN Rare Form, Black Urn, Complex

University City Arts League (4226 Spruce St.) FRI Basquiat Blues, Durian Brow, Kyle Press

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Knightlife, The Stone Eye, SAT Point Breeze Country Club, The Extraordinaires, Nick Millevoi & Brian Osborne Duo / Great Time, Punk Hands

The Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Rope Trick, Kohoutek

The Waiting Room (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Swim Camp, Fred Beans, Little Stray





Woodhead headlines video release show 05.30 at The Footlight

The music made by New York art-punk quartet Woodhead takes in equal parts from the complexity of progressive rock and the immediacy of punk. Full of abrupt rhythms, squalling guitars, and moments of unhinged screaming by guitarist/vocalist Vern Woodhead, it’s a sound that’s conscious of its ability to be challenging and abrasive. It can be heard on 2016’s El Inmortal, from the twisted garage pop of “Boys Float” to the flurry of free jazz saxophone on “El Perro.” On May 30, Woodhead will release a new video for a track called “Four Corners.” You can catch the band live that night at The Footlight. – Cameron Carr





New Dani in Public EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

New music seemingly arrives from Dani in Public monthly; the latest being Has It Has It Happened Yet. Revealing one’s emotive inner-workings with an even-keeled, smooth-talking precision, there’s an innate movement in these low-key, infectious electro-grooves. Seamlessly switching between spoken and sung lines, while stretching and synching with the beat, a soulful openness is unlocked.

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