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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.





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The Inside Scoop on Jeff's Plasma Blast IV

Jeff’s Plasma Blast is happening this week! Plasma Blast has been a popular mini-fest ever since its inception in 2016. For a look at what to expect this year, we spoke to founder Rocko Zevenbergen about all the details, and what he hopes people can get out of attending.

The Deli Portland: What can people expect to see when they show up on Thursday?

People can expect a whole lot of ripper groups that have taken the Portland underground by storm! We have an amazingly diverse selection of acts, we're expecting a vast variety of scenes crossing over at this show. You can also expect plenty of info about Bad Taste Video's first feature film, "I Need You Dead!" and how the money from the event will be supporting it!

This is the fourth Plasma Blast! How has it evolved over the years?

When we started Plasma Blast it was originally a festival attached to Gage Nelson, Gavin Houck, and I's previous musical endeavor Skelevision. I did most of the heavy lifting for Jeff's and so I've decided to continue it post-Skelevision. In year's past we've done a pretty heavy focus on indie rock tunage, however I wanted to shake it up this year. This time we have rock accompanied by groups featuring Hip Hop, Neo-Soul, Powerviolence, and more!

You have a really packed lineup. How did you go about deciding which artists would be playing?

Jeff's is always about who I've worked with or noticed since the previous year's fest. Who are the artists that I've seen perform and just been blown away by? This year was especially interesting as the show is a fundraiser for my first feature film, so everyone performing is doing so solely in support of that. It's truly an honor beyond comprehension.

Is there any particular artist(s) whose sets you're really looking forward to?

Some groups I'm having on due to the hype I've heard around them. I've actually yet to see Snake Dance perform but from what I've heard I'm very excited. At the end of the night one of my best friend's labels SWEAM will be featured. They really harness the modern hip hop slap that I love and I'm stoked to see them tear the house down. I'd also really encourage people to get here early as our first three groups, Agricultural Development, Yuvees, and Kno Knuckle (featuring Gavin & Gage of Skelevision!), are easily some of the most enthralling projects in the scene right now.

The American Legion is a great local resource for artists hoping to put on more accessible shows. What relationship does Post 134 have to Jeff's Plasma Blast?

Every year Jeff's Plasma Blast has taken place at the Legion (not counting the "fiasco" of Jeff's II at the Hawthorne Theater). The Legion has always had open arms to us and we appreciate and respect the venue to no end. Just last month I worked with them to throw a fundraiser show for their space and as a result they are letting 100% of all door money go to the film. The Legion has always, and will continue to be, the best spot in Portland for bands to take the stage at any age and at any point in their band's career. If you haven't booked with Legion, I'd highly recommend it, they are very flexible and accommodating and have a staff that really care about supporting independent art.

You’re also raising funds for a local feature film called "I Need You Dead!” What are your plans for this project, and how can other artists get involved?

"I Need You Dead!" tells the story of a young punk by the name of DOOD. During a moment of total teenage angst, he births a fleshy hairball of a Creature. It is a manifestation of DOOD's most self-deprecative thoughts and impulses. He must find some way to rid of this Creature... before it consumes his entire being! Supporting us on this satirical take on depression is President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger, Lloyd Kaufman, who is endorsing the film. We also have special effects master Eric Fox down in LA currently creating our practical Creature puppet in his MorbFX Lab! The film is currently in pre-production and is open to anyone who wants to get involved. In Portland, I often don't see opportunities to get involved in an underground film project such as this, so I'm very excited to be able to offer one to people. If you want to be on our cast or crew simply email me at rocko.badtaste@gmail.com.

Are there any other things you hope will come out of Plasma Blast 4?

At the end of the day I throw shows because I love seeing the new faces. When some high-school kid wanders into a space like this and gets their mind blown by local music, a supportive kind scene, and a safe space where one can express themselves to the fullest degree, I bask in that. I also hope the more seasoned artists of our scene get a chance to meet the other groups I've paired them with! I like mixing my bills up and introducing new groups to others. It wasn't too long ago I started booking one of my best friend's, rapper Este, with a bunch of my rock friends and now I swear he's performing at every rock house show in Portland (and killing it too might I add)! Lastly, my own solo musical endeavor Rocko N' Roll will be playing, it's our second show and I'm excited to play in front of Jeff's notoriously amped-up crowd. It should be one hell of a Plasma Blast!

Jeff's Plasma Blast is this Thursday, March 14th. Doors open at 5, and it's $5-10 to get in. Check out the promo video for "I Need You Dead" below.

 

 -By Avril Carrillo





Dream Wulf Turns Up The Heat

Dream Wulf has a new EP coming out, and they’ve already proved its gonna be a good one with the pre-release “Confusing Times.” From the very first note, the dark, heavy psychedelic rock is intense and demanding. The song commands your attention, especially the vocals. The wailing, dramatic tones definitely set up the song's mood. It feels like you’re swirling your hands in some hot sand, creating designs that are intricate and mesmerizing. Equally as attention-grabbing is the guitar solo near the end of the song. It’s very bluesy and high energy, playing off the drums remarkably well. They definitely turn up the heat on an already scorching song. It’s blisteringly enjoyable.

Dream Wulf will be playing PestoFest on March 16th. You can find more details about the event on the facebook page

  -By Nick Hartman

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Beshken & CLAVVS to play Day 2 of Austin Pedal & Synth Expo Showcase, 03.16

FREE Eventm RSVP here! Info about Day One here!

For our upcoming Austin Pedal & Synth Expo Showcase, we are excited to get to feature the music of a couple of NYC locals. The electronic music Beshken makes is meditative and complex, weaving between digital and acoustic instruments with dreamlike results. His latest track, “Cursed”, picks its way between honey smooth synths and dissonant vocal effects, reflecting on the mental revolutions between sleep and insomnia. On the other end, while their lyrics too reflect on sleepless thoughts, the music of CLAVVS is rather lucid. The production on their most recent single “Devils I Know” places the vocals at the forefront of a hypnotic and unexpectedly baroque electronic backdrop. The Expo will be held on March 16th at the Chugging Monkey - listen to CLAVVS, Beshken and the other artists who will appear below. - Sunny Betz 

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