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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.

Folk/Country

Time: 
20:00
Band name: 
Fox and Bones
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/FoxandBones/?eid=ARA3FXrfqyGybAt0UcXU2ckLv1ws1TRDDbzLjeN3YWiBYq-T-XPEqiXimEVC2WJUe0MXC10MEOVdO37m
Venue name: 
The White Eagle
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Indie Rock

Time: 
08:00
Band name: 
The Tea Club
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
https://www.facebook.com/theteaclubband/
Venue name: 
Dante's
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Aan's Grief is Palpable on Losing My Shadow

Aan released their latest album, Losing My Shadow, last month via Fresh Selects. Losing Shadow is frontman Bud Wilson's way of recreating the mental and emotional spaces created by grief, and what purposes these new spaces can serve. The album has clean percussive hits, accented by syncopations that throw the song off just enough to make you really appreciate the way the music shapes itself. The album's first single, "Truly Massive" is the sort of mournful, space-cowboy ballad that could only be made by a psych band. It's hard to explain the feelings that the song evokes, a shadowy combination of pain, longing, and the hope for a reunion. Wilson's voice carries all of these emotions and more. It is touching and sentimental but retains the sort of wistful aloofness that leaves you feeling like something important is just barely out of your reach. The album is an incredibly impressive emotional project, one for which Wilson should be commended. 

-By Avril Carrillo

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