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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.





More Fatter’s delightful “Yeah You” video hits waves

Last week funky pop boys More Fatter released the video for their single “Yeah You” and it is a fun and spunky time. Filmed at San Francisco’s Dolores Park, the video features the cuatro doing synchronized, shoeless dance moves, some poppin’ lady dancers and loads of onlookers and smilers. Props to the kiddo who slides down the slide right into the band. Like most of their tracks, “Yeah You” has got some great trombone highlights and it’s fun to see those things in action. Check out More Fatter’s video and let yourself feel the young energy. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor





The Saxophones release "Lamplighter" off sophomore album

Today Oakland's The Saxophones released the second single off their forthcoming, sophomore album Eternity Bay (out March 6 on Full Time Hobby). The song is a fusion of jazz, quiet pop and folk. Vocalist Alexi Erenkov says of the album, "While this record was influenced by a broad range of music the through line seems to be conveying a strong mood or sense of place. I love music that transports listeners to another space, whether it's Jonathan Richman making you feel like you’re walking the streets of Boston in 'I Love Hot Nights' or Arthur Lyman transporting you to a Hawaiian hotel lobby in the 50s." Erenkov and wife Alison Alderdice create songs that live up to that transportive feel. Catch their latest single here and be on the look out for upcoming tour dates and Eternity Bay. -Lucille Faulkner





Low Ceilings serves up pure alt-folk in latest record "Learn to Sew"

For those foggy New England days and beyond, the folk music of Windsor Connecticut’s Ben Mueller is uplifting: the sparkly electric guitar chords, lively drum beats, and merry-reflective lyrics brighten up the most somber of moods. His latest work under the project Low Ceilings titled Learn to Sew has tracks like “Alter Ego” which showcase all the previously mentioned elements of cheer while songs like “Forget the Fence” have an indie-rock edge to them, with reverb-dipped vocals leading the way past arpeggiating bass runs and shivering cymbals. The title-track gallops at a soothing pace as its rich harmonies add to the feeling of tranquility, and all seems well. The album, recorded at Janky Studios in Windsor, is indie-folk in its purest essence: exquisite with a slight spice. Listen to the contrast of overdriven guitar chords and acoustic strums in “Everybody Knows” from the new record streaming below. - Rene Cobar, photo by Abigail Baldwin





Hali Palombo “MABLE”

Hali Palombo has released visuals for the first single, “MABLE”, from her forthcoming album Cherry Ripe. The is album is set to be released on March 21st and is the follow-up to her 2018 self-titled debut.

Sonically, Cherry Ripe is composed from almost entirely of shortwave radio recordings. This gives the album a sense of nostalgia while also being filled moments of humor and sadness.

You can help Hali celebrate the release of her album on March 21st at Cafe Mustache.

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