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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, December 7 - 9

A reflective maturity permeates throughout Fall Into The Sun (Merge Records), the latest album from reunited Swearin’. The quartet’s tour will be making a stop at Everybody Hits tomorrow night. The record seems to see with the clarity that comes from allowing the moment pass. However, it doesn’t feel like a time capsule, more so that altering proximity creates a broader or more well-rounded perspective. That being said; there’s still grit and emotive immediacy in the melodic manner which the lyrical vulnerability and instrumentation entangle. Swearin’ will be joined on the billing by the exuberant, blitzing pop-punk of tourmates Dark Thoughts and Cincinnati garage-punk trio Leggy. – Michael Colavita 

Other places where you can pass the time this weekend…

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Swearin', Dark Thoughts 

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT The End of America, Oldermost, Mesmeric Haze, SUN The Spirit of The Beehive (Record Release)

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Strand of Oaks Winter Classic IV, SAT Strand of Oaks Winter Classic IV

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Long Hots/DJ Deejay, SAT Man Like Machine, Something Like a Monument, Poor Devils/Fame Lust, SUN Crackhouse, Green Meteor

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Z by Z, Ready Now

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Marah

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI The York Street Hustle

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Conjunto Philadelphia, SAT (Upstairs) School of Rock Philadelphia, SUN Joanna Pascale & Sister Cities Girlchoir

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Nearly York, Diverse Magnetic, SAT Eric Hills, The Bells with Zach Fey

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Ivy Sole, Anyee Wright, SUN Brackish

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Dirty Dollhouse, Rachel Andie & The Fifth Element, SAT Ali Awan, Jimmy Scantron, Kirby & the Vibe Tribe, SUN Grace Vonderkuhn, Dominy

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Green Wolf, Punk Hands, SUN Desert Hands, Mage Hand

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Day, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Eighth Fish of Christmas/John Hebert, Rev'rend TJ McGlinchey, Alec Stewart, James Cooper, SAT The Eighth Fish of Christmas, SUN The Eighth Fish of Christmas 

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Riverside Odds, Tough Shit, Beer Me, Atomic Cretins (Tape Release), Zorn, Traitor, SUN Little War, Brandish, The Red Hand

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Lamplighters, Andross, Hassle

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ian St. Laurent, SUN  Maya Simone, Taylor Samuels, Namarah

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Outer Heaven, Cancer Priest, SAT A Scent Like Wolves/DJ Mighty Mike Saga, Elijvh Vrms

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Kissing the Klepto, Andrew Jude Band, The Front End, Kevin Correll, SAT Pool Radio, EDO, Philadelphia School of Rock Adult Band

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Stella Ruze, Rare Spirits, Jamie B. Gallagher, SAT Dot.gov, Swwik, Bazmati Vice, SUN GinWheel, Smadar Rubin, New Alone

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Trap Rabbit, SAT Chris Kasper, SUN Nik Greeley & Friends, Hambone Relay/Gnarbot, Lör

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Murayama, Soupy 

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) SAT Buddie, Twiin, LunchBox President 

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Harmony Woods, SUN Kayleigh Goldsworthy

Jerry’s On Front  (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Fursaxa, SAT Writhing Squares, Desertion Trio

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise, TheBusiness





Ackerman releases dreamy new EP "1000 Variations of Yourself"

Much of Ackerman’s new 5 track EP, 1000 Variations of Yourself, is shrouded in echoes. This reaches a spacious pinnacle on the penultimate track “For Everyone You’ll Never Know,” where two-plus minutes of silky reverberation precede the core of the song. Ackerman, which describes itself as an “experimental rock group and multimedia collective,” invests generously in effects-laden transformations of pop sounds. Not to say that the Brooklyn group comes from an otherworldly place—opener “Tiger Traps” brings Animal Collective-esque electronica to the mix, M83 or Grizzly bear style indie rock ambience can be heard in the title track and “I am No Longer Afraid of Coyotes!,” and the closing falsetto and light funk of “Loverboy” holds plenty of pop appeal—but Ackerman’s tendencies toward the dreamy, less expected ends of that world distinguish them in the indie pop realm. Listen to 1000 Variations of Yourself below. – Cameron Carr





Perhapsy's blissful “Kingdom” after a dark journey

Since last year’s lovely-brilliant EP “The,” we’ve been awaiting the next move from Oakland’s own Perhapsy, solo project of artist Derek Barber (Curls, Bells Atlas). The new album, “Kingdom Starlight Bliss,” weaves an energy both soothing and invigorating. A shoegazing lover’s dream, songs are textured with the intricate guitar work that earned Barber his mad respect. Resonating melodies reach an almost intergalactic quality (check out The Curse!). His sweet vocals express emotions that are at times darker than most of his previous work: sad stories sprinkled with tough emotions and epiphanies; references to dooming relationships and dark times ahead. But as Barber puts it, “Kingdom” is an album full of endings, changes, and the eventual sparkle at the end of the tunnel. Give it a listen and check out those sweet images, too (did we mention he's also a cartoonist?)....Enjoy! - Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor





Melissa McMillan, Salomon Faye, and Zoo Berries play Revolution #34 on 12.15

The National Sawdust’s ongoing series “The Revolution”,  is dedicated to showcasing local artists and collaborators and Saturday 12.15 is The Revolution, Vol. 34. This month’s acts include Salomon Faye, Melissa McMillan, and Zoo Berries

Melissa McMillan puts an ambient, electronic twist on R&B vocals. Her velvety voice soars over dark, looming beats and ominous percussion. Her latest release, "Shade," is a meditation on contemporary jazz and Neo-soul.

Salomon Faye is a French American rapper who uses his particular brand of avant hip-hop as a jumping off point to explore the arts and music scene in Brooklyn. Many of his lyrics are often introspective and lean towards the philosophical. In 2017, he put out his King Salomon EP, which featured J. Cole and this year he dropped the single “Whatever,” back in November. After being associated with the A$AP Mob, Faye opted to pave his own path and collaborate with underground artists around him to create THEiLLUZiON, a collective of sonic and visual artists. After spending years behind the scenes, Salomon Faye has set the stage and put in the work to finally assert himself as a trailblazer in the NYC underground hip-hop scene.

Zoo Berries find a fusion between funk, jazz, r&b through grooving bass and smooth improvisation. Throughout their latest, EP.1, the 7-piece bring together sax, drums, guitar, bass, piano, and spoken word, creating an easy-going instrumental sound that brings together the best aspects of traditional funk forms and contemporary compositions.

You can buy tickets to The Revolution Vol. 34 this Saturday here

 

 
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