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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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Teen Body Share New Album 'Dreamo'

Dreampop continues to evolve in a variety of unexpected ways, with Brooklyn's Teen Body adding an emo element to it on their latest album “Dreamo” via NYC label Broken Circles. As the album title combines those two descriptive genres into one single word, so does the music represented on the eight songs it contains. “Fell Off” immediately strikes a wistful mood through melancholic chords and Shannon Lee's syrupy vocals. “Act Yr Age” opts for a more angular progression to support its over six minutes in length and lyrically dense story on the complications of romantic relationships. “Ballad of Tomboy Jerry” continues the record's pattern of initially restrained instrumentation that ultimately builds to a crescendo, combined with Ms Lee's poignant voice. Bassist Xela French provides the storytelling on “The Draag,” while both singers shine in tandem on the uptempo single “Validation.” The titletrack pulls all of these elements together via exultant guitar hooks, deep resonant bass, slow-groove drumming and those emotive tandem vocals. You can access “Dreamo” through the various listening services here. - Dave Cromwell

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New Music Video: "Holy Moses" (Feat. Lesley Barth) - American Trappist

“Holy Moses” is the new single from American Trappist, and can be found on Joe Michelini's forthcoming EP Amuse-Oreille, Vol. 2. The track features NYC singer-songwriter Lesley Barth, and in the accompanying video, you find a disheveled Michelini drunkenly strolling towards the camera, sipping on some Tonewood Brewing. A breezy, humid, spring/summer-evening vibe sets the tone. However, that sense of ease is countered by the heaviness of guilt and seeking forgiveness, expressed in the lyrics. American Trappist is slated to co-headline Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday, June 29 with The Vernes and additional support from Grace Vonderkuhn.

Holy Moses (feat. Lesley Barth) from Joe Michelini

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New Thin Lips EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

In the midst of touring in support of Camp Cope, Thin Lips van fell into disrepair. The funds generated from the band latest EP Carrot Milk (which is currently available for "name your price" via the Bandcamp) will aid in alleviating that financial burden. It's a stripped-down sound for the rockers, putting the vulnerability of their songs on display. Through processing grief and consistently fine-tuning one’s personal framework, a freedom and strength emerges. Each day has the potential to be a fresh start/new beginning. You can catch the power trio with Camp Cope and Oceanator this Saturday, April 27 at First Unitarian Church.

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Micropixie’s “Como Mínimo” Video

San Francisco’s Micropixie creates spacey warm sounds with a sixties French psych pop feel. It’s a multilingual, multi-genre listening experience addressing social norms, masculinity, and gender and cultural identity. The video for “Como Mínimo” is a captivating and thought-provoking viewing experience that we recommend. Singles have been sprinkling out of upcoming album Dark Sight of the Moon and we’re bracing ourselves for the full release this week. Out the third of May. - Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

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