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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.





Justice Hill "New June"

Justice Hill has released a new EP called "New June". Hill, a professionally trained pianist, recorded the EP in isolation this Spring, and this is the first new music from him since the 2019 single with Eshé "The Right Time".

This is blend of Soul and Psych Pop and the EP's title track is accompanied by the visuals below.





Stewie Grey emerges with re-release record "Out The Shadows"

Stewie Grey (formerly Greyhound) is barking for your attention with the re-release of his debut record, Out The Shadows, under a new name, but with the same bite. The tracks that propelled the Massachusetts rapper to the forefront of the New England hip-hop scene are there, such as the melodic “Dreamin’” and the disjointed “Out The Gate.” The record collects the best tracks of the artist and helps to redefine his persona by analyzing his work under a new light. Stewie Grey states the following: “I feel like Greyhound represents the old me. Not the confident me, but the intimidated me. The beginning of my journey. It’s not memorable either. The world will remember me as ‘Stewie Grey.’” Stream the new record below for a second look at an established artist. - Rene Cobar, photo by Sam Conley





Hollow River has fun with confessions in new single "Known To Lie"

Mark MacDonald, also known as Hollow River, has released a single slippery-fun that flows beautifully and crashes with alternative rock power. “Known To Lie” has a turn-of-the-millennium sonic innocence to it, in the alt-rock, power pop style of groups like Smash Mouth: the music makes you feel good, maybe like partying. MacDonald flows in each verse with plentiful charisma and allows for revved up electric guitars to do the rest of the talking when the choruses arrive. For a summer hit, the music and its theme should be an anthemic escape from the weight of the prior seasons, “Known To Lie” fits that criteria. Another weekend arrives in an unusual 2020, stream “Known To Lie” to get through it with a gleeful smile. - Rene Cobar, photo by Sergio P. 





Safehold "LETTHERAINFALL!"

Emo Rapper Safehold has released a new single, "LETTHERAINFALL!", from his forthcoming debut album, Boyish, which is set to be released on July 24th via Mutant League.

This is the Rap debut of Payton Day of Pop Rock group Wilmette.

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