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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.

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Buzz Alert: Bohan Phoenix's Chinese-Brooklynite hip hop

Bohan Phoenix raps like he’s born and raised in Brooklyn.  His style is so close to the Beast Coast vibe, that he could be a Flatbush Zombie bitten by a Chengdu werewolf.  He flexes flows between English and Mandarin with such ease, sometimes it’s hard to tell; you think he’s just flowing some fresh new slang you’re not hip to.  His beat selection is Sichuan.  His flow is sharp as a Jian.  His swag is Flatbush AF.  His Jala EP is rolling into your collection like a cloud of Kush smoke.  You’ll be rapping in Mandarin before you know it. See him live at Zone One at Elsewhere on 03.09.

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Weekend Warrior, February 23 - 25

Wish You Hadn’t, the debut EP from Corey Flood, is out today via Fire Talk, and tonight, the quartet, featuring Ivy Gray-Klein (Littler), Em Boltz, Noah Jacobson-Carroll, and Juliette Rando, will be celebrating its release at Planet Phitness. An ominous exposure permeates throughout the album. An intriguing textural dynamic is created as the somewhat soft-spoken/sung, isolated internalizations are surrounded by a shadowy, pre-dawn, sonic darkness. That solemn stir of uncertainty still retains accessibility. This evening, they’ll be joined by the dichotomy of chaotic, combustible noise meets clairvoyance of Empath, and balancing the floating ascension of melody with grounded grungey aggression, the trio of Eight hovers. This local lineup is rounded out by the in-your-face, menacing punk of Preen. – Michael Colavita

More places to be this weekend…

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Corey Flood (EP Release), Empath, Eight, Preen 

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Live Band Karaoke with Pat Finnerty & The Full Band, SAT Taggart (Album Release), KeN, Kevin

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Caracara, SAT Deadfellow, Stereo League, Sun Hat

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Familiar Things, Saver/DJSC/Michael The Lion, Shawn Ryan, Elvin T, SAT Mohican/Diamond Girl, Lisa/Fame Lust, SUN Allarms, Call Me Clever

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN The Drowned God

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Stereotytans, SAT Nick Rotundo Memorial/Fundraiser Show: Boysetsfire, Walleye, Railhed, All Else Failed, I Hate You

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Shizz Lo

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Dan Malloy, SAT (Upstairs) A Benefit For Living Beyond Breast Cancer: The Miners, Ballard Spahr Galactica, Solar Plexus/(Downstairs) Live at the Fillmore, SUN Kids Rock Philly

The Fire (412 E. Girard Ave.) FRI Panophonic, Hidden Lights, Primitive Heart, Vicious Blossom, SAT Melancholyfox, Flamingo Chicks, Slow Reader  

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI La Capitaña, Among Criminals, Behind The Grandstand, SAT Prowler (Release Show), False Tracks, The Fantastic Imagination/Suburban Living (DJ Set), SUN Henri Tyler, Rachel Andie and the Fifth Element

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Alright Junior, St. Brendan, Teeth, SAT Siravo, Night Mission, Pravda

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Aktive, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Solar Circuit

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

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Eddy Echo/DJ’s Jay Hill, Blueshift Gummibear, Leo, SAT Rachel Andie, Rare Spirits, Black Horse Motel, SUN Children's Books, Spumoni, Ringtail Howitzer

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Tough Guy Soda, Infinity, Barry Phillips, SAT Raw Street Cabaret Fundraiser and 2018 Season Reveal

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Killer Kind, Wax Wav, Cologne, SAT The Duke Brothers, Bonehead, Mike Weyrauch

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Zach Djanikian, Hemming, SAT Marc Brownstein, Tweed

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT DJ Brian Toll

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Remember Sports, Tall Friend, Boosegumps, Slow Ref, SAT Hurry (Record Release), Amanda X, Worriers (Solo), SUN No Thank You, Major Pursuit

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Kilamanzego, Vertex Pro, Argyle, SUN Good Luck Hornet

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Mad Conductor, Sunchoke, Merit

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Church Girls, Dylan Jane

Sound Hole (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Machine Gun (7” Release Show), Blank Spell, Crazy Bull, SAT Family Volleyball

The  Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SAT Two Piece Fest: Boon, Bocce Party, Bungler, Craig & Peter, Danjo, Drums Like Machine Guns, Geb The Great Cackler, Honey Tiger, Madam Data/Mental Jewelry, Sandcastle, Scream Team, Shrill, Slenko & McKeys, Static Brothers, Suuduer, Tiffany’s House, Welcome Center

All Nite Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Snake Boy Gang, Slow Ref 

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CHAPPO release third album "DO IT", tours with The Flaming Lips

Something groovy comes this weekend: It's CHAPPO's third album DO IT, which drops on Friday. After a long stretch of tragedies for the band -- a member leaving, a lost son, a friend's suicide -- this album stands as a product of catharsis. That comes through in electric anthems like "Cry On Me" and the sizzling single "White Noise". The production expertise of John Vanderslice (The Mountain Goats, St. Vincent, Spoon) brings out the celebratory energy of each transforming track on the record. DO IT's release leads into a small stint touring in early March; they'll head from Georgia to Pennsylvania in support of the Flaming Lips. Catch the latest single, "White Noise", below. - Will Sisskind

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New Tapes & Tubes EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Tapes & Tubes, a.k.a. Austin Potter, recently shared his new EP Horse Trailer. Draped in an eerie, cinematic, western-folkie simplicity, the hushed, secret-delivering vocals reverberate and then vaporize. Those bare atmospherics allow one to slow down, collect their thoughts, and maybe flashback to the unresolved questions of the past. Tonight, Potter is part of a lineup at South Philly's The Pharmacy that also includes Slenko & McKeys, Alpha_Alpha, Suuduer, and Automatic Colors.

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