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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.





Kelly English debuts serene single "Errors of My Ways," plays Urban Lodge Brewing 12.15

For singer-songwriter talent, such as Connecticut’s Kelly English, words seem to come easy, and they use them to express with sincerity their ups and their downs. In English’s latest piece, “Errors of My Ways,” she lets the gentle strings of her acoustic guitar and her graceful vocals tell a story of acceptance and forgiveness. The track never needs to stray from its serene mood, because it soothes and empowers with its honest emotion. English, who normally swims in alt-pop waters, takes a stroll around the shorelines of folk music to deliver an enchanting composition that is short but lasting in memory. Kelly will be performing at the Urban Lodge Brewing Co. in Manchester, CT on Dec 15th. Stream “Errors of My Ways” below to welcome the evening softly. - Rene Cobar





Announcing the 2020 Burger Boogaloo Lineup

Today the folks at Burger Boogaloo announced the 2020 line up with a nice holiday ticket special. The Oakland punk festival takes place again at Mosswood Park in Oakland and will feature our beloved host, Mr. John Waters. This year's lineup is full of some oldies and goodies. After not having played a Bay Area show in 25 years Bikini Kill brings their feminist punk to the evening stage, alongside folks like San Francisco punk legends Flipper. Sweet and solid Oakland cuties The Younger Lovers are coming along and they're worth the trip right there. The delightful Plastic Bertrand is gracing our good ol' fashioned Ameican stage and let’s hope he plays a little “Hula Hoop,” baby. Stay tuned for more on the festival and in the meantime, please practice your hula hooping. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor





Eggy oozes style in new live record, plays Orlando's 12.14

Almost as if you were there, well, you kind of are, the music of New Haven Connecticut’s Eggy oozes out of your preferred listening device, rich and runny in its latest record Live at Nectar’s 11​.​1​.​19. The band calmly and confidently plays signature tracks form its latest record Watercolor Days: sweet funk songs like “Graceless” and “Golden Gate Dancer” create an atmosphere that is both fun and intimate; surely Nectar’s, the music venue in Burlington, VT, and its crowd did not mind. The production, as is typical for Eggy’s live albums, is excellent, and one can fully immerse in the music without ever feeling detached from the live setting. We recommend this latest entry for fans of the jam-band feel this group deploys. The band is on tour, but it returns to Orlando’s in Burlington, VT, on December 14th for those that want to experience the fun live. Stream “In It For The Ride” below and dive right into the moment. - Rene Cobar, photo by Miles Hurley





Annie Hart to release second solo album, plays Union Pool on 12/13

Dreamy, introspective songwriter Annie Hart releases her sophomore solo album “A Softer Offering” this month, two years after her “Impossible Accomplice” debut. Already known as an innovative film composer and founding member of Lynchian synth-faves Au Revoir Simone, Hart continues to expand her body of work with this latest release. Opting for a more spacious, minimal sound, first single and video (streaming below) “Wilderness Hill” centers around a steady low note pulse and stark electric piano chords. With self -directed video footage shot in the songtitle referencing area of Margate, England combined with hometown Rockaway Beach imagery, Annie's hushed vocals match this early morning contemplative mood. Follow-up single “Don't Breathe For Me” employs singular held keyboard pads, angular electronic percussion and deep-twang melodies behind a raw vocal recitation on the need to move on. The whole album is a cohesive work that emphasizes the spaces inbetween our hectic lives, where our own thoughts are encouraged to mingle with the artists creations. The album is out in full on 12/13 with a release show that night at Union Pool. - Dave Cromwell

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