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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.





Alt Soul artist Quiet Luke plays Sunnyvale 07.20

New York artist Quiet Luke treks over an interesting array of styles, blending sedated but emotional lyrics that heed to the classic R&B feel, with distorted electronic beats and heavily modulated synth lines accompanied by funky, staccato guitar parts. He released his debut album Beholden last year, which included the energized single “Escapist” (streaming), a track embodying his exploration of modern electronica styles and signature vocals, serving as a bold debut for the young artist. You can see Quiet Luke live at Sunnyvale on July 20st. - Tafari Lemma 





Intense, break out pop rockers Thirdstory return to NYC at Warsaw on 06.23

In May 2016, NYC’s Thirdstory released their debut EP ‘Searching’, a feel-good, folk-rock album with epic pop overtones that ended up resonating with tens of thousand of people. “Searching For A Feeling”, the first track off the EP, combines open, honest lyrics that reflect the contemporary struggles of today’s hookup culture with layers of vocals and guitars that build in emotion. Check it out below and, if this is your cup of tea, don’t miss their upcoming show at Warsaw this Friday June 23rd. - Ashley Muniz





Faux Furrs

Faux Furrs has released their debut LP, Taxonomy. Below is the video for the album’s lead single, “Moon Farm”.

You can catch Faux Furrs at Emporium on July 17th with Idylls, Luke Henry & Rabbit Foot.





Holy Wars bring their dark pop to The Hi Hat on 6/29

Los Angeles better prepare for the artistic vulnerability of "I Can’t Feel A Thing." Holy Wars, featuring fierce frontwoman Kat Leon, is both captivating and emotionally revealing to the human psyche.  The video showcases Leon dressed in gold with an all black background while hands grab and pull at her. As members of the audience, we enjoy interpreting lyrics and videos ourselves and relating them to personal experiences. In this particular video, the dark pop ensemble portrays someone trying to escape the things that are holding them back. Which creates something of a homage, as Leon recently lost both her parents back in 2015 and released their Mother EP after months of much needed grieving.

Holy Wars has re-emerged from the pandemonium with a dark past but an even brighter future. The melodic band will be dropping Mother on June 30, but slide by The Hi Hat on the 29th for their early release show. - Kayla Hay

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