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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.





Ellen O chills with synthy goodness in newest album "You/Sonata"

Ellen O synthesizes her training as a classical pianist with an affinity for hip hop and trap to forge a fresh sounding chillwave blend. The artist’s experimental fusion creates a soundscape of eerie synthesizers driven by a future bass aesthetic, all of which forms the perfect background for her smoky vocals. Ellen O’s second and most recent album You/Sonata features artists Smoke DZA, SHRAF, and Khallee, as well as a more mature vision of her unique aesthetic. Check out Ellen O's newest album straight from BabyGrande Records or wherever you stream your music. --Amanda Ogea





Revolution #22 returns with Soul Science Lab, Meridian Lights, The Experi3nce

Tomorrow's 22nd installment of The Revolution, a Deli-sponsored monthly showcase highlighting the best emerging local artists with a particular focus on Soul, Hip Hop and Funk, will deliver a lineup that's bound to lift souls. Yes, because soul is the common thread found in the three acts performing in the stylish architecture of Williamsburg's National Sawdust. 

Soul Science Lab is a collective of incredible musicians able to seamlessly combine afrobeat, funk, pop and hip hop into wonderfully produced tunes even the most static of New Yorkers will be hard press not to move to.

The lineup, co-curated by Soul Science Lab, alongside Katie Jones, founder + producer of The Revolution series, will also feature the mellow pop of Meridian Lights' and The Experi3nce's inventive soul/hip-hop.

The night will start at 10pm, tickets can be found here.





The Toads drop 'It's for You' today

 *photo by Heather Hanson

The Toads have been a crowd pleaser since they bursted onto the scene almost three years ago. First, their self-titled full length gave us a taste of their callback to 90s alternative and pop punk back in 2016. The Toads, still unsigned, have got a completely and fully supported DIY method of existing as a band that's contributed to what's made them such a delight so far. With Time having already been released earlier this year, band appreciators are lucky enough to get another one just as it's coming to a close. Today, The Toads dropped "It's for You."

Part of what makes The Toads so great is their reliability in sound. Even in welcoming new drummer Dylan Valentine to the mix The Toads haven't stumbled or faltered, the Weezer-esque "You Don't Deserve Me" and the raw punk feels of "Never a Good Time" for the new EP staying true to the band's capacity.

The Toads are offering up two chances this weekend to see them perform all the songs from "It's for You" live -- at tonight's release show at Clinton Street Theater with Cry Babe and Fire Nuns, and tomorrow night at the Turn Turn Turn for the Sounds Illustrated art opening with Piefight and Dr. Something.

Give "It's for You" a listen below.





Weekend Warrior, December 15 - 17

If you’re looking for soulful, pertinent, lo-fi rock that simultaneously exhibits grace and grit, Las Vegas transplant Shamir delivers the goods. Bailey’s latest record, Revelations (Father/Daughter Records), traverses a diverse sonic spectrum. Digging into one’s introspective depths in free-floating fashion or meshing those smoothly sincere vocals with grimy guitar, there’s an innate combination of accessibility and raw power at play. With elegance and ease, the multi-talented artist delivers powerful messages, striking a chord with oh so many and creating a formidable force to be reckoned with. This Saturday evening, Shamir steps into the basement of First Unitarian Church, supported by the Canadian tandem Partner, whose bright brand of riff-laced powerpop cultivates a potently fun, “not taking yourself too seriously” relatability. – Michael Colavita

Brrrrr…
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Shamir

Johnny Brenda's (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Muscle Tough, Minka, SAT DJ Delish

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Something Like A Monument (Record Release), Chalk & The Beige Americans, SAT Work Drugs 7thAnnual Holiday Spectacle: The City And Horses, The Chairman Dances

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Scars Like These, The Famous & Fallen/Goddamnit, Wax Wav, I Am Not The Universe/Night Drive: DJ Paul T., Sean Hearn/Ekim Navillus, BeeTee Beats, Adam East, SAT Burnout Star, Chris Sneade, The Echogenic/Entellekt, A.Rob/Matthew Law, SUN Tulpa, Spellbinder, Heavy Harold/Louie Louie

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Al-Tarik, SAT Marah

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI Hoots & Hellmouth, Johnny Showcase

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Philly Hip-Hop Awards

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI Graycale

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Chynna

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN The Peek-A-Boo Revue: Peek-At-Nite, a vintage holiday burlesque show

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Step 13, Sub Sober, Felipe Pupo, SAT Bazmati Vice. Naps Past Noon

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Rad and Kell, SAT Boat House Row Band

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd  St.) FRI New Sound Brass, Mark Lanky, SAT St. James and The Apostles, SUN Graffiti Wisdom, Taylor Kelly, Orion Tango

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Kingfisher, Will Brown and the Jamboree Band, Evan Scheerer

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI DJ Ricochet, SAT Teen Dads, A.M. Mills, 56 Men, SUN Reece Stacks

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Fitzwater, SAT The Prisoners, Decontrol, Missile Toads, Disoriental, SUN A Retrospective of The Artistic Works of Connie Tartaglia Fundraiser: The Spinning Leaves, Katie Barbato, Daniel Collins, Kelvin Cochrane, The Discount Heroes

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Mohican, SUN Left To Vanish (Record Release), Young Graves, Collider

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Ben Aire, SAT Ed Christof, SUN Merry Christmas Or Else: A Holiday Cabaret

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Under This Fire, The Jointer Blues, The Agoraphobix, Kalaedi, SAT Night Mission, Cowbell Superstar, P-Rents

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Beru Revue 21st Christmas Show & Benefit, SUN Whiskeyhickon Boys, Nik Greeley & Friends

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Weekend Athlete, Bungler/Sold, SAT Auburn Row, Dot.gov, Flounder Warehouse, Menace Canvas, SUN Rentboy. Thunder Thighs

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI Sunchoke

The Tusk (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Faringwell

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Swim Camp, Busy Bee, Blushed

Crouch House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Family Volleyball, Jawncarlo

All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI AllegrA, Ellen Siberian-Tiger, Corey Flood

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