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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.





The Deli's SXSW Issue 2014 is online!

Read it digitally here.

P.S. 10k free copies of this issue hit the street of Austin during SXSW Music week!





New Al's Den Residency with Mitch Wilson begins tonight

McMenamins Al's Den has got a knack for picking artists to watch and using their residencies to showcase them. For this week in April, Al's Den is giving us the chance to see a different side of a very talented and familiar face, along with some special guests to play close at hand along the way. Starting tonight, we'll get a whole seven days to enjoy Mitch Wilson and his sundry sounds.

Many probably recognize Wilson from his time spent in indie rock bands around Portland, like the Deli favorite LiquidLight, but he's actually got a surprising amount of work under his belt. What many probably don't know is that on top of being a jazz drummer, he was also one of the founding members of the Taylor Momsen (remember Gossip Girl?) led rock band The Pretty Reckless. Even more than that, he's performed in the Sting-featuring Broadway show 'The Last Ship' and has contributed creatively to the Tony Award nominated Broadway musical 'A Night with Janis Joplin.'

With all of this artistic output behind him, Wilson has opened up the next music chapter of his life to share with us all. He'll be the headlining act each night of course, but joining him tonight will be Quiet Type, tomorrow 4.09 with a variety of local special guests for the On Broadway musical theater night, the jazz super group Trad Jazz on Tuesday 4.10, LiquidLight on Wednesday 4.11, Megan Diana on Thursday, Wil Kinky on Friday, and then ending on Saturday 4.14 with S.O.S., A Tribute to the Police. 

There's too much to miss, so be prepared to find your seat for the whole week at Al's Den.





Out From The Shadows Fest accompanied by new Songs From Under the Floorboard compilation

Dave Cantrell knows what's good when it comes to post-punk. As Portland's resident cognoscente of dark sounds, Cantrell has shared his knowledge regarding the peak of the genre's original years, from 1977 to 1983, as well as on present-day synthwave, darkwave and post-punk through his leading source of a radio show, Songs From Under the Floorboard. This weekly space has been turned into a compilation album, and it's coming out right in time to pair with the fourth year of Cantrell's curated festival Out From the Shadows.

Out on a split between local labels Accident Prone and Green Noise Records, the Songs From Under the Floorboard comp highlights just a few of the amazing artists Cantrell has discovered so far from around the globe, including Spain and Germany. The tracks on the compilation are rare and previously unreleased, the proceeds from what hopefully will be the first of many being donated to Planned Parenthood. As far as local representation is concerned, trio Vice Device are the only Portlanders on this volume of the comp, but there are quite a few named on the Out From the Shadows' bill.

Ritual Veil has been blowing up the scene lately and is expected to take the stage, along with the anarco-death rock of Over and the punk wave sounds of Arctic Flowers. Vibrissae's shoegazey synth sounds, some electro-industrial feels from Die Robot and some classic, gritty post-punk from Deathcharge

Out From the Shadows IV starts tomorrow. To purchase tickets and find more information on individual day's sets, view the Facebook event page. Songs From Under the Floorboard Vol. 1 drops on 4.06, but stream the compilation in full below.





Welcome home Toothbone at the Liquor Store tonight

 *photo by Dustin Mills

It's only been a little over a month since Toothbone released their self titled full-length follow up to 2016's Wake Up, and they've already played 10 shows in four states (including some unofficial SXSW showcases) in support of it. After a pretty extensive and damn grueling tour, they're back in Oregon for the last little leg of their tour, and there's a chance to see them tonight.

Toothbone's new record is solid from start to finish, where album opener "Homescreen" kicks things off with a mellow, jangly riff and echoed coos that quickly turn into a grooving riff accented by syncopated cymbals. Toothbone strike several chords throughout the rest of the record as well, from the early 90s alternative rock sounds of "Stay With Me Always" to mellowed garage melodies of leading track "Shy Joker," to the prog leads of "How I Feel." There isn't one point of this self-titled release that doesn't please, making it fitting for many moods and numerous listens.

Now that Toothbone are back home, come watch them play the record in its entirety tonight at The Liquor Store with Delia Haunt and Friskies or on 3.29 at the Turn Turn Turn with Jake William Capistran and Lili St Anne.

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