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.


New NAH Compilation Available for Streaming & Purchase

Necessary NAH, a rather comprehensive collection of the artist’s material from 2011-2017, was recently posted. One can venture into the layered ambience. Hip hop/jazz/electronica, injected with noise, establishes varied precision across multiple dimensions. Cultivating spontaneity with a controlled hand, NAH's jams take hold, and bring you to places previously unknown. Go there with one of Philly's most profilic and talented sound sculptors!


Zelma Stone’s “Light Bulb Boy” Exciting Taste Off New EP

There is nothing usual about the vocal powerings of Zelma Stone’s front woman, Chloe Zelma Studebaker. How do we mean that? There are the self-proclaimed modern influences of Angel Olson (we hear that), the haunting calls like Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick, some Kate Bush feels. This stuff is hard to find and there’s a blooming of those same types of lyrical and vocal strengths within this work, repackaged into a more modern type of dreamy folk with some touch-of-grunge rock. Tracks like “Light Bulb Boy” and “River” have surprising key-shifts, killer baselines, sexy drums and a smack of tamborine. Challenging, fierce and empowering. Let’s go see them tomorrow night, where Richshaw Stop hosts their album release party. January the 19th with an all female-fronted bill of Mayya & The Revolutionary Hell Yeah, Moon Daze and Mae Powell. -Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor


Weekend Warrior, January 18 - 21

The trio of Goldenaire celebrate their new EP Modern Meltdown with a release show this Saturday at Creep Records. The songs buzz and swirl enriched by the stabilizing force of melody. As the chaotic, dystopian tones of the world race around you, the vocals exhibit a tunneling, personal focus. Swept up in a tranquil, dream-gaze headspace, one finds a cloud which allows for temporary escape. With that sense of distance, one can more clearly organize their thoughts, embracing the refreshing, breezy qualities in the midst of a never-ending storm. Goldenaire will be joined by Matt Scheuermann, a.k.a. Lowercase Roses, whom cultivates a shimmering/jarring dynamic, and the ominous surging darkwave of SOLD, as well as the revving, roaring power of Oh, Are They?. – Michael Colavita

More places to escape this weekend's unfavorable weather...

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Void Vision, SAT STARWOOD, Medusa’s Disco, Mage Hand, SUN Beano French, Ki Brown

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Flightschool, Bird Watcher

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Drama!, OverEasy, Along The Way/DJ Deejay, SAT St. Brendan, Hartline, Knightlife/DJSC

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT Chromelodeon , nmlstyl, Korine, SUN Chromelodeon, Chipocrite, Exmaid

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI The Company Corvette

TLA (334 South St.) SAT g1000oz, Run Up Rico

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Little Strike, SAT (Upstairs) Johnny Shortcake

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Tree Rats, The Sly Foxes, Kingsound Vibration, Camera Magic, SAT  The Output, Famous & Fallen, South on Sunday, Evergo, SUN JT & The Stardusters, Jason Ager

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Max Seidman, Maggie Mae, SAT Reef The Lost Cauze (Album Release), DJ Caliph-NOW

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Uncle Dan, Oh Jeezus, SAT St. James and The Apostles, The Bad Larrys

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The People, Namarah, iNFiNiEN, SAT Satellite Hearts, No Sailor, Kirby and the Vibe Tribe

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Broke Body, SAT Joe Kenney, Della Chase  / The Rectors, Canine 10

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Frank Sriracha, Og Juan Shinobi

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Apt A, Dunning Kruger, Somnolent, SAT Goddamnit, Gozer, Poppy, Breaklite

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

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Anytime Soon

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Ben Aire, SAT Ed Cristof

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Box Of Rain, The Big Jangle

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Johnny Football Hero, Primatives, This Kills Me, SAT Mattress Food, In Different Sounds

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Goldenaire (EP Release), Lowercase Roses, Sold, Oh, Are They?

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) SAT Snake Charmer, SwitchBlvde

The Mothership (602 S. 52nd St.) FRI Hallowed Bells, Mitch Esparza

Cousin Danny’s (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Solarized, Hirs, Dialer, Gaz


Bryson Cone: "Destination Nightmare"

Bryson Cone dropped his song “Destination Nightmare,” and it’s every bit as dreamy and jazzy as it sounds. This song takes you waltzing on the moon while a full band, complete with holographic keytars, plays in the background. The distortion of Cone’s voice is romantic and dreamy, but also has some more serious notes. He keeps the track, and thus the audience, focused. This in turn allows for a fuller appreciation of the song’s artistry. It is an intricately layered song, which makes sense given Cone’s background in mixed media and sound collage. Cone’s talent is made perfectly clear with “Destination Nightmare.” We can’t wait to see where he heads next.

By Avril Carrillo