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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.





High Waisted share new music, tour US and play Rough Trade on 11/4

With the release of two new singles while embarked on an extensive U.S. tour, Brooklyn’s High Waisted look to expand their reach.  Moving beyond the garage and surf rock beginnings, this newer material appears to take on a broader scope.  “Free Throw” is an anxious chugger that expresses internal self-doubt.  “Wish I couldn’t remember - the mistake I made.  I’ll be better on my own.”  Although recorded in NY, the Nashville touch on mixing and mastering adds a subtle level of country-pop sheen.  “Firebomb” stomps harder with more prominent drums, crunchy rock guitars and Jessica’s sassy snarl lead vocals matched against dreamier background voices.  Both tracks come paired with two others from current tour mates The Coax, available now on vinyl and digital from Little Dickman Records.  Their current US tour has them playing nearly every night until early November before the band returns home on November 4th at Rough Trade. - Dave Cromwell





Debut Caracara LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Square Peg Round Hole's Carlos Pacheco-Perez and Sean Gill have join forces with W.C. Lindsay's Will Lindsay and George Legatos to form Caracara. Moving from delicate, baroque compositions to more epic, post-rock crescendos and peaks, while still traversing the shadowier, more sensitive terrains of alt-rock/pop, the quartet's diverse collection of tunes can all be found on the group's debut LP Summer Megalith, which is now available via Flower Girl Records, the indie label of Sorority Noise's Cam Boucher. Caracara will also be celebrating the album's arrival this Wednesday, September 27 at Philly DIY space Everybody Hits with locals So Totally, Sixteen Jackies, and Atlanta's World Greatest Dad. (Photo by Emily Dubin)





Glances “Sem”

Glances have released a new single called “Sem”. This is the trio’s first track from their new album “I Feel Very Close To You right Now”. The album will be self-released on October 20th.

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Psych rockers Birds talk about pedals on Delicious Audio

While the NYC scene seems to be crawling with psych bands, local rockers Birds tackle the genre in a way that sets them apart from the pack. Though the band is certainly taking cues from music of the past, their angular and distorted sliding guitars and bizarre vocal melodies suggest that they're digging through vinyl crates that have not been thoroughly picked through yet. With such a unique sound, we wanted to ask the band a bit about the driving forces surrounding it, and members Jess and Duane were nice enough to dig into to the stories surrounding their pedals for us. - Olivia Sisinni

Read the Birds Q&A about their stompboxes on Delicious Audio.

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