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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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Weekend Warrior - August 23 -25

Somber, sincere songs with a barroom grit and smokiness, Don Babylon captures the feel of pushing through the gray days in the hope that tomorrow represents a fresh start. As the clouds weigh heavy overhead, the band captures a rough-around-the-edges, honest, in-the-moment sound that’s willing to expose its flaws with storytelling that makes those tales ring true. With their new album Does It Even Matter, Party Muscles delivers crisp, melodic rippers, while Madalean Gauze delivers mesmerizing, psych-infused rock. The Brooklyn-based, garage-rock quintet, Damn Jackals, rounds out this Saturday evening lineup at Boot & Saddle. – Michael Colavita

More places to hit for the non-beach goers this weekend…

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Erin Incoherent, Joe Jack Talcum, The Spirit World, Lust for Nothing, SAT Don Babylon, Madalean Gauze, Party Muscles 

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Hardwork Movement, Martronimous, LikeBirds

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI You Do You, Rubber, SAT Andhera, Dark Waters End / Fame Lust, SUN Julia Rainer

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SUN Deep Tissue

Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Riverside

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Function

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Maddogg, Vixen77 / (Downstairs) 25th Anniversary of Jeff Buckley’s Grace (Presented by The Key) The End of America, SAT (Upstairs) A Day Without Love

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Mrs. Kitching

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) Soraia (Vinyl Release), Siravo, Mach 22, SAT Rosu Lup

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Space Donkey and the Moonbouncers (Record Release), Somethin' Divine, Dot Gov, Archpalatine, SAT Stealing From Thieves, Delmont, Threefold Fire, SUN Fast Car Slow Car, Starberry

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Line Leader, Puppy Angst, SAT Leon Budrow, Blueprint

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Camp Candle (EP Release), Overwinter, Weekend Athlete, SAT The Groove Merchants, Kirby & the Vibe Tribe, Petite Sketches, SUN Mike Space, Highnoom

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Aktive, Richard Issa, SAT DJ Deejay

2nd Street Brew House (1700 S. 2nd St.) FRI Roger Harvey & The High Lifers, Bobby Barnett 

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Live Band Karaoke, SAT Live Band Karaoke, SUN Rusty Cadillac 

The Tusk (430 South St.) SAT The Lot, Lamplighters

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Tartarus Horde,  Since the Fire

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Death of Saul, Port Arthur, Radish

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI DJ Mighty Mike Saga, Elijvh Vrms, SUN The End of Summer Bash 

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SAT DJ Ricky Lee, SUN Frank Daly

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Lower Case Blues, James Pace Band, Ghost of the Mill, SAT This Kills Me, Erin Incoherent

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Jellyroll, Kenn Kweder, SAT Splintered Sunlight, The Newspaper Taxis, SUN Catullus

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI Moral Code

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT Impressionist, Likebirds, Hermit High Priestess

Couchtown (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Twin Beds, Mechanical Canine, Carly Cosgrove

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A Deli Premiere: "Cup b/w Coffee" by Divorce Cop

Portland, Maine's Divorce Cop sucker-punches you with a unique brand of noise rock, and somehow you are not mad. The band mauls drum sets, deforms basslines, and sings with drunken cheer in its raucous dual single "Cup b/w Coffee." The brand new two-headed sonic monster may be short, but its sound is frightful-delightful fun. "Cup" is unhinged drum pounding accompanied by a sensitive string-instrument melody, together they rise like dirty spume and let drip a lively chorus and a gooey bassline. "Coffee" leans more indie, but keeps the noise high: the track is turbulent, exciting, and the dynamic electric guitar work cannot be overlooked. The dual single release show is set for this evening at the Apohadion Theater in the band's hometown. The 7" is out now via Salty Speakers, and us here at the deli are thrilled to premiere the tracks for you below. - Rene Cobar

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Debut Amby Moho Demos Available for Streaming

Andy Molholt (Laser Background, Coughy, Speedy Ortiz) recently shared a collection of five demos, under the moniker of Amby Moho. The set of recordings is a tranquil, melodic, lo-fi sampling of what the DIY Philly music vet has been up to of late. We are looking forward to seeing/hearing where and in what form these songs will take shape next. Laser Background is slated to perform at Ortlieb's on Friday, October 18, with Jimmy Whispers and Sitcom. (Photo by Marie Alyse)

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New Track: "a friend." - Augusta Koch

Augusta Koch (Gladie, Sheena, Anika & Augusta, Cayetana) recently shared her latest solo effort, “a friend.,” which describes and observes thoughts and actions of isolating loneliness, within the search for connection. The sparse, instrumental backdrop allows the lyrical sincerity to shine. Simple Pleasures, the forthcoming EP from Sheena, Anika, and Augusta, is set to arrive on September 6 via Asian Man Records, and the trio is scheduled to perform at South Philly's TRUCK on Saturday, September 14.

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