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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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New Track: "Grand Canyon" (The Magnetic Fields Cover) - Worriers

On December 14, Living Statue Records will release You Can Sing Me Anything: A Tribute to 69 Love Song, with a plethora of artists covering The Magnetic Fields' classic album. Proceeds from the benefit compilation will be directed towards No More Dysphoria, a non-profit organization created with the goal of helping transgender individuals pay for major aspects of their transition. For their part, Worriers take on “Grand Canyon”. In lieu of the airy bounce of the original, there’s a reeled-in bareness to this version, which brings the emotive resonance to the forefront. Its forthright vulnerability is self-accepting, yet yearning for change.

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Singer/songwriter Car Astor releases new single and plays Mercury Lounge 12.23

NYC-based artist Car Astor has given synth-pop a number of makeovers since beginning her solo career in 2016. Over the course of her two EP and two single releases, this singer/songwriter has displayed her talent as an emerging artist by mixing clean blends of synth-heavy electro pop. Her wide vocal range steers her sound, allowing her to deliver in formats ranging from poignant ballads to danceable hits. But it is Car Astor’s experimentation that pushes her music beyond the lines of her genre. Her most recent single, “Girlfriend,” (featured below) coolly executes a catchy pop melody, but is given depth with an electro-rock backbone and a defiant lyrical attitude. Though she may abide by archetypical pop song structures, this frontwoman’s darker style and killer vocal control is enough to give her sound a more sultry, polished edge. Her more touching songs, however, like “She Cries” and “Closed Eyes Open” off her first EP Ties, expose the softness around this artist’s edges with their rich arrangements and thoughtful substance.  Check Car Astor out for yourself on Soundcloud or Spotify and catch her playing live at Mercury Lounge on December 23. - Rebecca Carroll

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Rose Droll sings it like it is, plays it at The Independent

This lady is a force! We feel empowered just listening to Rose Droll. A genre-less wonder, Miss Rose gives us a little bit of a lot of things and we want more more more. Samples are interwoven in tasteful snippets, from Lou Reed baselines to “This Little Light of Mine” lyrics. There are parts we can only describe as coy-strong lady rap, interjected at the perfect moments (a poetic “...so baby, when you gonna give a fuck?” in the same breath as a line from “Ring Around the Rosie”...what the hell? Yes!). There are colorful bursts of instrumental delight--all her own doings--and to accompany it all, is that voice: fluid, lovely and nailing every pitch it tries to reach. Like we said, she’s a class all her own, but in an attempt to compare: if you enjoy Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Tune Yards and badass versions of your favorite nursery rhymes, you’ll probably dig this as much as we do. Come see her at The Independent this Thursday the 13th where she’s playing alongside Pllush, Pardoner and SOAR. - Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor 

 

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Weekend Warrior, December 7 - 9

A reflective maturity permeates throughout Fall Into The Sun (Merge Records), the latest album from reunited Swearin’. The quartet’s tour will be making a stop at Everybody Hits tomorrow night. The record seems to see with the clarity that comes from allowing the moment pass. However, it doesn’t feel like a time capsule, more so that altering proximity creates a broader or more well-rounded perspective. That being said; there’s still grit and emotive immediacy in the melodic manner which the lyrical vulnerability and instrumentation entangle. Swearin’ will be joined on the billing by the exuberant, blitzing pop-punk of tourmates Dark Thoughts and Cincinnati garage-punk trio Leggy. – Michael Colavita 

Other places where you can pass the time this weekend…

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Swearin', Dark Thoughts 

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT The End of America, Oldermost, Mesmeric Haze, SUN The Spirit of The Beehive (Record Release)

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Strand of Oaks Winter Classic IV, SAT Strand of Oaks Winter Classic IV

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Long Hots/DJ Deejay, SAT Man Like Machine, Something Like a Monument, Poor Devils/Fame Lust, SUN Crackhouse, Green Meteor

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Z by Z, Ready Now

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Marah

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St,) FRI The York Street Hustle

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Conjunto Philadelphia, SAT (Upstairs) School of Rock Philadelphia, SUN Joanna Pascale & Sister Cities Girlchoir

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Nearly York, Diverse Magnetic, SAT Eric Hills, The Bells with Zach Fey

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Ivy Sole, Anyee Wright, SUN Brackish

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Dirty Dollhouse, Rachel Andie & The Fifth Element, SAT Ali Awan, Jimmy Scantron, Kirby & the Vibe Tribe, SUN Grace Vonderkuhn, Dominy

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Green Wolf, Punk Hands, SUN Desert Hands, Mage Hand

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Day, Reed Streets, SAT DJ Deejay

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

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Eighth Fish of Christmas/John Hebert, Rev'rend TJ McGlinchey, Alec Stewart, James Cooper, SAT The Eighth Fish of Christmas, SUN The Eighth Fish of Christmas 

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Riverside Odds, Tough Shit, Beer Me, Atomic Cretins (Tape Release), Zorn, Traitor, SUN Little War, Brandish, The Red Hand

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Lamplighters, Andross, Hassle

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI DJ Chris Urban, SAT Ian St. Laurent, SUN  Maya Simone, Taylor Samuels, Namarah

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Outer Heaven, Cancer Priest, SAT A Scent Like Wolves/DJ Mighty Mike Saga, Elijvh Vrms

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Kissing the Klepto, Andrew Jude Band, The Front End, Kevin Correll, SAT Pool Radio, EDO, Philadelphia School of Rock Adult Band

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Stella Ruze, Rare Spirits, Jamie B. Gallagher, SAT Dot.gov, Swwik, Bazmati Vice, SUN GinWheel, Smadar Rubin, New Alone

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Trap Rabbit, SAT Chris Kasper, SUN Nik Greeley & Friends, Hambone Relay/Gnarbot, Lör

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Murayama, Soupy 

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) SAT Buddie, Twiin, LunchBox President 

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Harmony Woods, SUN Kayleigh Goldsworthy

Jerry’s On Front  (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Fursaxa, SAT Writhing Squares, Desertion Trio

The Music Ward (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise, TheBusiness

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