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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.

   

Somerset offers grandiose alt-rock music, plays O'Brien's 09.01

Boston's Somerset isn't content with the bare bones alt-rock performance; its particular brand of music is grandiose. The band's upcoming fall record has spawned its second single, "Revere Street," a spectacular display of slick guitar arpeggios, shimmering piano accompaniments, thunderous harmonies, and a much-appreciated opening bassline. The group's deep arsenal of sounds is primed for large venues, evoking the spirit of late '90s alternative rock while modernizing it. The kick drum work in the new single is something to relish in, as is the heroic guitar solo in the climax: the song is a job well done. The band will be performing at O'Brien's Pub in Allston on September 1st and kicking off what is sure to be a busy autumn. We are streaming "Revere Street" below for you. - Rene Cobar

   

Weekend Warrior - August 16 - 18

Sussing, the debut EP from Weekend Athlete, is a multifaceted, captivating release. Earnest, unfiltered songwriting draws the listener to an intimate, vulnerable distance. A mercurial, instrumental atmosphere aids in developing a sense of tense friction. Pensive, penetrating lyrics and rough-around-the-edges guitar and drums combine to create a haunting heaviness that resonates on a personal level. This Saturday at Boot & Saddle, Weekend Athlete lays the foundation for Aster More’s final performance, which also serves as the record release show for their new album Dog-Eared. The affecting, absorbing narratives of Gladie will also bridge the gap. – Michael Colavita

More locals at play this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Northern Liberties (Record Release), Evil Sword, Sour Spirit, SAT Bahamadia, Ursula Rucker, Reef The Lost Cauze, DJ Mike Nyce

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT Aster More (Album Release/Final Show) Gladie, Weekend Athlete 

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Grave Bathers, Yuckmouf/DJ Deejay, SAT DJSC, FRI Philly Dell, Tripel AAA, DJ Digital Crates

TLA (334 South St.) FRI Marsha Ambrosius, Johnny Popcorn, SAT Reef Royalz, Leaf Ward

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Beano French, Dayne Jordan, Just Frenchie, AIME, Eli Capella, Seraiah Nicole, DJ HVNLEE, SUN School of Rock Philadelphia Summer Season Fest

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Brother Martin, Flat Mary Road, SAT (Upstairs) Adam Travis & The Soul, Tree Rats

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Bul Bey, Cult Objects, SAT Yeenar, All This Huxley, SUN Wexler & the Better Humans, Mr. Smith, Bright Yam Suns, Nicole June, Cop Jokes, Digital Rot

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Love? said the Commander (EP Release), The Naked Sun, SAT City Dressed, SUN Sophie Coran 

Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, SAT DJ Deejay

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

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Ancient Mariners, Frost Giant, SAT The Grip, Future Victims, SUN Reef the Lost Cauze, Space Kamp, 3T3N, DJ Kirsh

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT The Droogettes, Illusions Of Grandeur, Atomic Cretins, The End A.D., THE WORKHORSE III, Voodoo Death Cult, Vixen77, Trash Knife, Erin Incoherent, Less Dead, Disoriental

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Ryan Tennis, SUN Afton Live presents

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI The TC Cole Riot, Live Not On Evil, 7th Victim

Century (1350 S. 29th St.) FRI Quantum Zoology, SAT King Azaz, The Invasive Species, Beloved Binge

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) SAT DJ Pfeffer, SUN Michael Thompson 

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Jac with No K, SAT The Cluster Flies, Knightlife, Jumping Juvies

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Splintered Sunlight, SUN Lady Alma

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Trash Boy, Secret Nudist Friends, Meat Sweats

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) FRI AM0RA, The Classic Hunt, SAT Youthfool

Warehouse on Watts (923 N. Watts St.) SAT Sideswipe, Backpack/Matthew Law presents Friends & Fam

Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more information.) SAT Rebecca Zimmerman, Hoochi Coochi

Couchtown (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Brackish, Harmony Woods (solo), Alenni 

House of Yarga (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Bad Sleeper, Lucky House, Marcelyn

The Buffalo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Coffin Dust, Covered In Sores

Old Pool Farm (Philadelphia Folk Fest) THURS-SUN: Bethlehem and Sad Patrick, Charlie Frey’s Blue Plate Specials, Dan Blacksberg, Dave Fry, Driftwood Soldier, Emily Drinker, Great Time, Homestead Collective, J Solomon, Jackson Howard, Jackson Pines, Joshua Fialkoff, Julia Levitina, Last Chance, Lolly & YoYo, Marion Halliday & Trickster Sister, Matthew Gordon, Meghan Cary, Michael Braunfeld, Michael Spear Duo, Nina de Vitry, North Star Puppets, Rachel Andie & The Fifth Element, The River Drivers, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train, Stella Ruze, The Carryons, The Cornerstones, The End of America, The Jayplayers, John Byrne Band

   

New Field Mouse LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Field Mouse's new full-length album, Meaning, is out today via Topshelf Records. The band's latest collection of recordings navigates and negotiates individual existence, within a world of disorder. Peaceful vocals provide the vehicle to explore personal and societal problems and pleasures in radiant, melodic eruptions. The LP was produced by Field Mouse bandmates, Andrew Futral and Rachel Browne, and Kyle Gilbride (of Wherever Audio). 

   

New Track: "Largemarj" - Pulgas

Pulgas, the duo of Simon Martinez and Zane Shields, have announced their new effort, titled Or Best Offer, which releases on September 13 via Astro Nautico. Back in 2017, the group shared its self-titled debut on Boiled Records, a world of lo-fi sorcery, filled with dastardly grooves that provided the footing for a stunningly agile and colorful, melodic accompaniment with vocals that were lolled out - smooth and saccharine. Martinez and Shields recently shared the first single from their forthcoming EP. “Largemarj” is a soulful track that swings in a soft shuffle, an impassioned sense of decadence with a touch of melancholy. - Josh Kelly