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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.





A Deli Premiere: "Drive" (music video) by The Wolff Sisters

The Wolff Sisters have added another layer to the appeal of their latest single "Drive." The folk-rock track, released last summer, now has a music video to accompany the imagery it already evoked. The grainy music video, which was shot using Super 8 cameras, is the band's first, and it does a great job of showing the group in its most natural elements: both jamming away in an intimate-rustic space and also wandering among New England's unrivaled natural landscapes. What is most revealing about the images, and the music they accompany, are the messages of serenity, perseverance, and friendship they communicate. The Wolff Sisters have proven in more than one occasion that they are in tune with New England's deep folk traditions, and we throw a thumbs up to that. Both "Drive" and its video are the first offerings from the band's newly released album, Queendom of Nothing, already listed as one of The Boston Globe's Top 15 Fall Albums. The group will be performing at Three Squares in Needham, MA, on November 16th. We are excited to premiere the band's first music video below; enjoy the ride! - Rene Cobar, Photo by Denis Semenyaka





JATK debuts with a thrilling power-pop self-titled album

Boston’s answer to your power-pop cravings is Matt Jatkola, now known to some as JATK. The New England singer-songwriter has released his debut self-titled record today, and we can tell you it is some gloves-off, punchy power-pop for your ears. “How I Feel Inside” lets the distorted guitar power chords rip, and they are dirty-good against the reverb-heavy vocals that are delivered with enough glamour and enthusiasm to animate even the most resistant audience. The anthems continue between the eruptive drum fills of the track “Angry Anchor,” which culminates with an exquisite, heart-accelerating build up. For bass fanatics, there is “Come Inside Your Room,” where the low-end is silky smooth and robust against the revved up electric guitars a la White Reaper X New York’s Big Huge. The final track, “Nüebella Satan,” is fast and furious, deliciously lo-fi, and a fitting finale for an album that never drops below the speed limit. Stream our favorite track from the record below to jolt your day up just a lot. - Rene Cobar





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 Saunders and Mas (Masato) Kihira present a setting that is far more grounded than it appears at first glance. "Smiling wide under blueberry skies / Pretendin’ everything’s fine," Saunders 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 Saunders' 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

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