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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.

   

Sam Himself debuts sophomore EP "Nobody"

With his deep and expressive voice, Swiss, New York City based indie rocker Sam Himself possesses the swagger of crooners of the '80s like Bruce Springsteen and Chris Isaak, with a deep touching at times the depths of The National's Matt Berninger's tenor on "Bad as a Smile," our favorite track among the ones streaming on his Soundcloud page. The songwriting flirts with timelesness, offering rock songs with an atmospheric and thoughtfully sophisticated angle. Today Sam Himself releases his sophomore EP titled "Nobody," you can stream it here

   

New Track: "Ain't Life Grand" - A.M. Mills

Flurries of delicate guitar marry a matriculating, warm bass and sandy percussion in A.M. Mills latest single, "Ain't Life Grand". There’s a worn aesthetic and a sly sense of humor on display. It feels nostalgic - a comfortable melancholy that we're all invited to join in on. You can find the former Blood Feathers co-frontman crooning his heart out this evening at Johnny Brenda's, with The Cactus Blossoms and Frankie Lee. (Photo by Serge Levin)

   

A Deli Premiere: former AOTM Talkie releases "Costa Rica"

Since winning The Deli SF’s Artist of the Month poll last year, the fuzzy Bay Area indie rockers Talkie have been hard at work on their forthcoming album Fundamental Things, slotted to be released on April 27th. The Deli is excited to announce the premiere of the single “Costa Rica” (streaming below), a catchy and quirky track that we just can’t get enough of. The strength of this song is in its deceptive simplicity; meaning, the way the four-piece can make interesting guitar parts, tight percussion, and smooth lyricism all sound so easy and carefree. But, that's just Talkie in a nutshelll. Stay tuned for the release on April 27th, and make sure to mark June 9th on your calendar so you can see Talkie take Bottom of the Hill. - Lilly Milman 

   

Meernaa releases "Wildest Eyes" videos + announces debut EP

There are few words that can describe the intimate, synth-psych sounds of Oakland’s Meernaa. Or, perhaps, too many: fresh, relevant, relaxing, soulful—maybe, at times, even solipsistic. But these only seem to scratch the surface. So, let’s just focus on their newest video, “Wildest Eyes” (streaming below), which is also the first single to be released off their forthcoming debut EP Strange Life. Both track and video alike soothe, while something stirs under the surface; there’s an anxiousness that can’t quite be pinned down. An urgency that pushes itself to the forefront of front woman Carly Bond’s jazzy vocals, and then pulls away just as quickly as it came. It’s exciting, it’s new, and it’s Oakland doing what it does best: inspiring innovative art. The rest of the EP will be out in June, which just can’t come soon enough. - Lilly Milman