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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.

Trace Mountains celebrates album release at Alphaville on 03.30

Under the Trace Mountains moniker, Dave Benton makes folky, lo-fi tunes that blend in synthesizers and post-production effects for quirky and occasionally noisy compositions. Benton, who’s also a songwriter in beloved indie rock quartet LVL UP, sings with a tender delivery fit to the gently building arrangements of his tracks while crunched up drum machines and softly strummed guitar propel his voice onward. On A Partner to Lean On, due March 30th on Figure 2 RC, he brings together recordings of new material and updated versions of previously released songs. The album release will coincide with a show at Alphaville where Trace Mountains will be joined by Operator Music Band and Spirit Was, which features Benton’s LVL UP bandmate Nick Corbo. – Cameron Carr

New Track: "Wait" - Cave People

Kingfisher, the forthcoming EP from Cave People, will be released via Stereophonodon Records on April 6. Its lead single, “Wait,” ponders in a daydream of distraction. Hung up on an individual or ideal, the song pleasantly stirs in a delayed sadness. Then, that mid-tempo tone ramps up as haunting howls breakthrough in the background. With support from Petal and Body Guard, you can catch the band’s record release show on Thursday, April 12 at Boot & Saddle.

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.


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