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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.

Weekend Warrior, March 16 - 18

This Saturday evening, the garage-rock trio of Tom McHugh, Anthony Fulginitti, and Andy Silverman, a.k.a. The Retinas, will be commemorating the release of their new EP ANDY (Pho Realz Records), with a rip-roaring performance at Ortlieb’s. The band tools within a diverse-range of sonic textures from loose exuberance, to a more personal scaled-back yet powerful reverb-shaking discharge of emotion. Working the sliding scale, gearing up to break free, and gathering those of a similar mind within united-infectious melodies stoked with a psychedelic candle, The Retinas launch into the psych-pop stratosphere that still feels comfortably at home. Joining in the festivities, the quartet of Stoops stitch together tight melodic turns of phrase, gradually heating up as those words stick in one’s head and the body’s tension dissipates. With a new EP Glow Worm set for release on April 1, the electro-folk hybrid of Seth Carpenter, a.k.a. Bucolic, will set things into motion. – Michael Colavita

More places to avoid really drunk people in green this weekend…

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Lightninging, SAT The Retinas (Release Show), Stoops, SUN Levee Drivers, Cherry

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI DJ Aura, Tsehaitu, Orion Sun, DJ Hvnlee, SAT Langor, Davey & The Chains, The Homophones

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Rover Rover, Pulgas, Zinske, SAT Beard-o-Bees, SUN King Britt

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Line Leader, Mavis The Dog/ S.T.O.P./DJ Deejay, SAT Sharkbullet, No Gods/Twin Beds, Social Norms/DJ PHSH, DJ Aktive

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI The Bigness, Alyssa Joseph (EP Release), Sleepy Freak, Colonial Williamsburg, SAT Del Sur, Americanadian (Release Show), Port Lucian

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Joey Crakk, LJ Sauve. Roi Lush, SUN (Balcony) Probably Gonna Suck, Calm Down, Vhybrid, Knightlife, Forever Vista

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SUN Darlingtyn

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Apache Trails

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Division, MRJR, Socko, Shots Called, SAT Tortuga/Sex with Rollercoasters, Mob Mentality, Uncle Dan, Loafass, The Heels, SUN Earth7, The Soundcheck, Zupang/Teef

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Swift Technique

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.) SAT OT, Mad Squablz, Buddy Leezle

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SUN Rude Boi

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Sing, Bird of Prey, Harlowe Jones, Soldier On, SAT Steve (the band), Somata

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SAT Parlour Noir, SUN Joshua Chase Miller, Deep City Healers

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI The Beating, SAT Gerald Veasley, Pablo Batista

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Ben Aire

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Backwoods Payback, SAT Goodnight Lights, Spelling Reform, Sun Hat

LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Snake Boy Gang, Deer Scout

JJ’s Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Past Life, Sleepy Freak

Pilam (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Masie Blu

New Fairy Godmother EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Alyssa Thomas, who records under the moniker Fairy Godmother, recently dropped a new EP, titled Attic Space. Released on cassette via UK imprint Fox Food Records, the album features contributions from (Sandy) Alex G members Alex Giannascoli and John Heywood on drums and bass respectively. One gravitates towards the enchanting, incisive melodies. Breathing in the fresh, open air of the space afforded and then utilizing that space too, as a barrier that holds one in close, what initially floats in the personally ethereal captures an unforeseen density, retracing one’s steps, while reaching out into the future.

New Track: "Walls" - Allegra Anka

Allegra Anka (of Cayetana) recently shared Dreams We Talk About, an EP comprised of two new/old songs, which were engineered & co-produced by Matt Schimelfenig (Three Man Cannon). “Walls” warmly blooms in a relaxed, afternoon groove, as a drum machine coaxes a casual, uplifting beat, set off by clean, strolling guitar lines. That optimistic instrumental setting mingles with lyrics that explore reading personal relationships and the complexity of allowing someone in, compared with fortifying yourself.

LANZ Drops "Auckland" Off Upcoming LP

LANZ, the solo project of Beirut's multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Lanz, just unveiled single “Auckland,” from upcoming LP Hofferlanz II. Revealing an "avant" approach to pop, the track features unpredictable hooks built across a framework of drum machines, and both acoustic and electric guitars. Though the new album maintains LANZ’s signature edgy style, the songwriting seems to be moving towards a more comfortably pop aesthetic with indecipherable lyrics. Make sure to check out the Cyd Charisse-inspired video for “Auckland” while waiting for the Hofferlanz II debut on April 13th.--Amanda Ogea


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