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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.





The Marías share video for new single "Cariño," new EP due out in September

Let The Marías seduce you with their latest single, "Cariño." On the video for the track, the indie-pop quintet wanders in a frolicking manner with the same improvisational flair of a classic French New Wave film. The song's smoky, yet alluring arrangements are the perfect soundtrack for velvety leader singer María to put forth her inner yé-yé as she rides a Vespa across a barren paradise. María may sing "Cariño" in her native language (it translates to sweetheart in Spanish), but there's no need for a translator to enjoy the band's limber guitar strums and swooning brass melody.

"Cariño" is the first single off of The Marías' forthcoming EP, Superclean Volume II, which is due out sometime in September. Catch them at the Lodge Room Highland Park on September 29. Juan Rodríguez





The Dead Shakers release eerie "Medfield" video & play O'Brien's Pub (8.29)

Filmed only in available daylight in the abandoned Medfield State Hospital, the “Medfield” video (streaming below) from Burlington psych-rockers The Dead Shakers is as surreal as the track itself. Primary songwriter and frontman Kevin Bloom is seen alone in alternating settings, almost always standing completely still — as if he has become part of his surroundings. It is only during the songs climactic ending that he begins to gain a sort of agency and energy, walking down a path right towards the viewer. The track comes from The Dead Shakers’ debut LP All Circles Vanish, which took Bloom three years to create. It is a hugely collaborative effort, featuring a rotating cast of over a dozen creators. Catch The Dead Shakers playing live in Allston at O’Brien’s Pub on August 29. - Lilly Milman





Spritzer premieres video for "Jean & Helene"

NYC's Spritzer, the side project of Friend Roulette's Matthew Flory Meade, is a band of skilled musicians who, refreshingly, don't take themselves too seriously. The songs from their debut album, Love. Lies. Decay. showcase for pop that are at once refined and high energy, with inflections of early-aughts indie reminiscent of Arcade Fire, but also sophisticated late '80s/early '90s pop like Prefab Sprout and The The. Songs like "Jean & Helene," whose video premiered a few days ago, are a rollicking ride, with relentless uptempo drums, reverb-laden vocals, and swirling synth lines that lend an air of the mystical to the already dream-like tunes. This is definitely a new NYC band to keep an ear on. - Ethan Ames





Native Sun talk about Pedals on Delicious Audio + play El Cortez on 08.16

Brooklyn Native Sun's fast paced and heavy handed mix of garage and psych rock has earned a space in the soundtrack to our summer 2018 trips. Their recent EP "Songs Born from Love and Hate" features many flavors of fuzzed-out guitars, so we thought it might be interesting to ask the band a few questions about their pedals and  gear - check out the link below, and see them live at NYC's El Cortez on August 16.

Native Sun interview about Pedals and Gear

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