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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.





Hot Flash Heat Wave Releases Mood Ring EP Feb 15

After the “Sky So Blue” single released last month we were excited for Hot Flash Heat Wave’s EP release on February 15th. Praise Prince above we were not disappointed. Tracks are refreshingly varied and full of life, from surfy psych rock to electro pop-rock. Songs have similar feels as Animal Collective but with a touch of Smith Westerns and an Italian pop vibe. Can you picture it? Probably not but listen and discover what we’re putting down here. An EP favorite, “Floating,” starts with a chugging guitar moving with distorted spacey vibrations that gives the same feelings as the song’s title. Hot Flash Heat Wave kicked off their tour last night at The Independent and are about to glide across the states. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor





New Beach Bod Album Available for Streaming & Download

Stress You Out, the new album from the pairing of Rachel Wild and Nathan Avila, a.k.a. Beach Bod, has freshly washed up on our shores. The recording's melancholy soaks into your skin as the delicate mist of melodic harmony takes over. A soothing/sincere dynamic balances the adrift, surf atmosphere. You can wade in their sonics this evening at Everybody Hits, where they'll be opening for Oso Oso and Diva Sweetly. (Drawing by Liana Frances)





Holy Ghosts announces new LP + unveils single

NYC synth music makers (and huge lovers of anything synth) Holy Ghost! just announced the upcoming release of their first album since 2013 "Dynamics." Preview single "Epton On Broadway (Part I & Part II)" keeps faith to the uplifting, '80s influenced synth-soulpop sound of previous releases. The album represents the culmination of a transactional period, and preview single "Epton on Broadway" underlines this, as explained by frontman Alex Frankel: “Lyrically, ‘Epton On Broadway’ is a bit of a choose your own adventure. But to me: The verses are lamenting the end of a really fun era: “All my favorite places closed” - “nostalgia for the laughs and the afterglow.” 





Wyatt Waddell “Untrain My Heart”

Wyatt Waddell has released a soulful new single called “Untrain My Heart”. The single features fellow Rosebud Collective member R E D, and will officially be released tomorrow, February 15th.

You can catch Wyatt Waddell on February 16th at Tonic Room with Jackson Davis and Daniel Cronson.

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