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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.





LPX (ex MS MR) releases new EP "Junk of the Heart

You may remember NYC-based Electro-soul band MS MR, who conquered our ears and hearts in the early aughts with a couple of uber-catchy singles. The voice and half of the songwriting engine behind that project, Lizzie Plapinger, is back under the LPX moniker with a new EP entitled "Junk of the Heart," and time seems to have stopped. The sound is slightly punchier and guitar-based, but not widely dissimilar from the previous project, also because the lady's (gorgeous) vocals and melodies are easily recognizable. Check out the EP below and read an interview with Lizzie about the new record here.





Weekend Warrior, March 22 - 24

This Saturday night, Underground Arts will play host to Lizedelise’s belated album release celebration for Holy Matrimony, The Deli Philly's March Record of the Month. A graceful, internal monologue of thoughts meets the external instrumental realization of emotion in the band’s complex, cathartic contemplations. Those bright, buoyant tones are contrasted by the thundercrack of reality, balancing the hypnotic and the heavy. They’ll be supported by the at ease, ethereal, melodic folk-pop of Strawberry Runners. Madeline Rafter (Sieve, formerly of The Original Crooks and Nannies) will also be taking the stage with material from her project Snake Boy Gang, melding genuine, observational lyricism with playfully scattered instrumental backdrops creating a poignant, personal, pop sound. The evening is presented by House Cat & The Key, as part of The House Key Showcase, and is sponsored by Founders Brewing Co. – Michael Colavita

More places where you can escape March Madness this weekend…

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Lizdelise (Album Release), Strawberry Runners, Snake Boy Gang

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Philly Loves De La Soul: DJ Mike Nyce

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI TRL Dance Party: DJ Dame Luz, SAT Catbite/Fame Lust, SUN Moons

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT (Balcony) Karaoke Gung Show

TLA (334 South St.) SAT Jermaine Dolly

The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI So Far Gone: Dirty South Joe, Magglezzz

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) AllegrA (Record Release), Beach Bod, Boosegumps

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Heavensake, SAT Spinechain, Rollin Loaded, Disaster Committee, Tough Shit, SUN Project 3², Menace Of The Canvas, Theory of a King, As Annie Falls

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Jurks, The Valets, SUN Sad Actor

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Westboro Baptist Choir

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Joey Stix, Dahi Divine, Ty Lemar, SAT Rosu Lup, The Lunar Year, SUN Birthday Boy

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) SAT DJ Deejay

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Paul Green Rock Academy (Adult Program Gig), SUN Paul Green Rock Academy (Adult Program Gig)/Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Blackjack Rose, Dave Cope, South on Sunday

The Tusk (430 South St.) SAT The Becoming (A NIN Tribute), Lust For Nothing

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI The Stone Eye, Adder, Kingsnake, Double Planet, SAT King Slender (Tape Release), Iffy, Cocordion, Oh, Are They?

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Agent Zero, Shapesift, TheBusiness, BITSKY

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SUN WEPA! Latinx Burlesque

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Apple Juice Jones, Aquatic Ape Theory, Kingsound Vibration, SAT Kissing the Klepto, Dune Puma, Merit, Moment to Capitalize, Jac w/No K

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Darla, SUN Whiskeyhickon Boys, Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise 

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Wax Wav, Party Muscles

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) SAT Camp Candle, Gender Work, Computer Dating

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Broke Body, Kelsey Cork and the Swigs, The Russells, SAT CVGES, SUN Paul Harrold and the Winston Churchills, Lucky House

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Bleary Eyed, Kenduskeg, SUN So Totally

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) SAT Cyber G

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Screamcloud, Blushed, Sleepy Freak

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Internal Rhyme, OG Juan Shinobi

Lizard Lounge 215 (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Coping Skills, Absinthe Father, Bleary Eyed





SuperKnova "Glitter and Blood"

SuperKnova recently release a new single called ”Glitter and Blood”. This is the first new music from her since 2017’s Splendor Dysphoria. The single has a huge beat and an empowering message.

You can catch SuperKnova at Cafe Mustache on March 29th with Over Ow and BlackGlass.





New Music Video: "Game Show" - Mumblr

In advance of their forthcoming album Genie, due out on April 1, Mumblr recently shared a video for their new single “Game Show”.  Transported to the sets of some classic TV shows, the song delicately opens up lyrically, with its protagonist's apprehension over answering. Exploring the idea of missed opportunities and the domino effect/vicious cycle of depression, the song works to keep its cool before some much-appreciated rock ensues. Unfortunately, it sounds like this next album might be the end of the road for the Philly quartet, who shared this message along with the video.

It has been a fun ride sharing good and better and best times with beautiful people across this North American continent.

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A most sincere thank you to all the folks who have helped us over the years, whether it was a place to play, or a place to stay, or a shoulder to lean on, or spending time being open with each other about emotions in these years of tumult over a meal. May the greater order and chaos of the universe shine upon you all. It's been fun!

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