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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.





Pearla's New Single, "Daydream" and Upcoming EP Release

Daydream is an appropriate title for Brooklyn-based Pearla's first single from her upcoming debut LP Quilting & OtherActivities. Behind the band moniker, singer/songwriter Nicole Rodriguez reveals her most intimate thoughts through beautifully arranged emotional lullabies laden with metaphors and lush melodies. Recurring themes include love, evocative personal memories, the search for ways to escape darkness, whose emotional power gets boosted by her enchanting voice and a sparse but vivid production. Combining elements of folk, pop and psychedelia with a playful yet sober approach to songwriting, "Daydream" carries a wistful sort of confidence and a poetic power that's rare to find. 

In other Pearla-related news, the artist will be headlining Rough Trade on August 28th, celebrating the debut album release on Egghunt Records (Lucy Dacus, Camp Howard, Gold Connections). To hear the full EP, you'll have to wait until the September 6th release. - Susan Moon





New Track: "All Who Are Thirsty" (Brenton Brown/Glenn Robertson Cover) - Abi Reimold

Philly singer-songwriter Abi Reimold recently shared their take of Brenton Brown/Glenn Robertson's “All Who Are Thirsty”. A solemn, heaviness hangs in the air. Accompanied by guitar, Reimold stretches out a hand in an eerily inviting manner, as the weight of the words pile up. Allow it all to sink in. (Photo by Kathryn Rogers)





Horse Mode releases dynamic two-track EP, plays UnchARTed 07.27

Lowell, Massachusetts has never been lacking in character, so it only fits that bands nurtured in its distinct environment would be able to tell a good story. Enter Horse Mode, a group who in less than seven minutes paints a vivid picture of the once-thriving industrial city: the agile math-rock composition that is the band's two-track EP The And / Breath performs like a well-oiled machine. The group uses dynamic guitar arpeggios, energetic drum fills, and vocals reminiscent of Zack de la Rocha's glory days to create a sonic apparatus worth cherishing. The gritty spirit of Lowell is undoubtedly captured in the record, the band approaches its music with resolve, telling a whole lot in the instrumental work. The group will be playing UnchARTed in its hometown on July 27th. As a treat, we are streaming the two-track EP for you below. - Rene Cobar





Avery R. Young releases tubman.

Writer, Activist, Musician Avery R. Young released his new and vital new album, tubman., last week via FPE Records. This album is part Funk, part Soul, part Education, and in every aspect a needed cultural contribution.

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