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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.





Sister duo Nalani & Sarina give indie pop a soulful twist with new LP "The Circle"

The release of duo Nalani & Sarina’s third full-length LP The Circle (May 2018) has brought these NJ-bred twins to the forefront of the DIY indie pop scene. As young songwriters, their masterful fusion of soul, rock, and mainstream pop combined with their familial ties has given their music a reputation for being both impressive as well as deeply personal. Their hit single “Young and Inexperienced” off their latest record has gained huge popularity due to its catchy folk rock influence, and has grown to be considered a representation of the millennial voice for its enlightened lyrics on post-college employment. Many of their songs have a witty storytelling charm that reflects on coming-of-age contents, supplementing their multi-faceted genre blend with meaningful and relatable lyrics. Their collaboration has fused their unique individual tastes to create music that has both traditional and contemporary roots, while gripping audiences with their appealing and accessible young flair. Check out Nalani & Sarina's newest album The Circle on Spotify and stream their earlier recordings on Soundcloud. - Rebecca Carroll





Weekend Warrior, October 12 - 14

Today, Baby Steps, the new EP from the Kate Lord-led outfit Sleepy Freak, was released, and tomorrow evening, Horror Land will host a showcase of locals to mark the occasion. There’s both a sense of reflective imagination and the push toward adventure in these songs. An ongoing evolution runs a thread through the narratives that steadily simmer and ripple, leading way to a ripping cathartic release/realization. Gradually building tension through transparent vulnerability and melodically stacked progressions, these personal journeys lead you somewhere, while still hitting home. Sleepy Freak will also be joined by the bummer pop of Snowhore and lo-fi, sad folk of Puppy Angst, featuring Alyssa Milman (of Blushed). (Photo by Emily Dubin) – Michael Colavita

Yay!!! Fall is finally coming…

Horror Land (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Sleepy Freak (Record Release), Snowhore, Puppy Angst

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Sammus

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Emily Drinker, SAT RunHideFight

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Tone Bandits/DJ Deejay, SAT Fame Lust

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bri Steves, Beano French, Good Girl, Julian King

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI DJ Sun, Killsing Visionary, Joshua Lang, DJ Hvnlee

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Transistor Rodeo, Betterducks/(Downstairs) Roots, Rock and Research: A Benefit for the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute:  West Philadelphia Orchestra, Jeremiah Tall

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Lost Thirds, SAT Burnout Star

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Miss Cantaloupe

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) SUN Storks 

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Revolution, I Love You, Maitland, The One2s

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI The Russells, Overwinter, SAT Blue Wonder & The Mystic Woman, Mike Matteson, Zack Krall Band, Knightlife, Brick Nova, SUN Bardus, Dirt Queen

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Sylo, Astro 8000, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Lew Jones

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Saint Slumber / The Rich Quick Memorial Show: Reef The Lost Cauze, Ai-Que

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT Lean Wit It

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Royale, SAT Ian St. Laurent

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI James Pace Band, Mr. Unloved, The Parameters, SAT New Alone, Local Smokes, JW Farrell, Nematode

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI John Kadlecik’s West Philly Fadeaway, Wax Future

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Alenni, Curtis Cooper

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Jakk Frost

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI Sex With Rollercoasters, Mr. Lisp, Dead Robins

Space 1026 (1026 Arch St.) FRI Tact, Yankee Bluff, Eight, Big Nothing, SAT Tate, Slugqueen, Weller

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Broke Body, Elissa Janelle Velveteen, Busy Bee Project

Tundra Dome (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Carrie Ford, Egg Soda, SAT Sour Spirit, Bathassaults/Lvsxw (duo), Sewer Pope

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT Righteous Aquarium & Jet Lightspeed, Dialer, Exmaid 

The Tusk (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Spirit World, Shapeshifter

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Diaphane, SUN. Beach Bod





Queeva “Stand Out"

Queeva released a new single today called “Stand Out”. This is her second single of 2018, and follow-up to the hit “Live Like A Song”. This is the modern country sounds of fifteen year old (as of today, in fact) musician Queeva McDonagh. Through her music she places a priority on positivity and looks to use her success to be a positive role model.

If she is writing and performing songs like this at 15, the future is extremely bright for this, as of now, unsigned musician. She is definetly ready to "Stand Out". 





New Track: "DTMFA" - Speedy Ortiz

After initially being earmarked for the Sad13 release Slugger, then being left off Speedy Ortiz's Twerp Verse, “DTMFA” will now be included in Adult Swim’s Singles Program. A tale of independence and confidence, the song naturally flows in a catchy, sugary-pop sound that incorporates a strong call-to-action, referencing the Dan Savage catch phrase - "Dump The Motherfucker Already". Speedy Ortiz will be performing next in Philly on Wednesday, November 28 at the First Unitarian Church with Palberta.

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