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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.

   

Taylor DeBlock heats up in new single "Necesitas"

L.A.’s Taylor Deblock is confident and real smooth in his new single “Necesitas,” which like syrup drips sweet, and is warm enough thanks to its Latin rhythm. The pop-RNB concoction takes control of the listener’s fantasy-inducing brain sectors and demands movement with hooks and choruses that resonate throughout the body. The summer may be gone, but Deblock is not about to let go of the heat. This emergent L.A. artist is blending modern music trends with classic rhythm and blues, seductive, and always creative in his approach. Listen to the new track below for a hot message ready and delivered. - René Cobar

   

East of June raises hope in new single "Little Bird"

East of June is paying tribute to adventure with a new single titled “Little Bird” that describes the to-be journey of a young girl searching for her voice, her awaiting identity. Tucked in the rich lead vocal melody of Emily Rath is a story of discovery that is relatable. The warm groove from the bass of Incubus founding member Dirk Lance leads the rhythm that helps also tell the story, with Kyle Mortensen providing the acoustics, it is a win. The group shot the music video for the song on Long Canyon Trail in beautiful Simi Valley, adding just the kind of tranquil mood that the song inspires. Such reflections come from the track’s moment of birth (the first week of quarantine), and so loaded with hope, “Little Bird” merges the past and the future and infuses hope and respect for both; stream “Little Bird” for a story familiar. - René Cobar 

   

Serena Isioma "Blue Sky"

Serena Isioma recently released a new single called "Blue Sky". The single features production from Saint Lewis and is a beautiful blend of Psych Pop and Hip Hop.

The single is accompanied by the Chris Vergara directed video below.

   

Alex Banin "About April"

Alex Banin released her latest single, "About April", back in June with a beautifully filmed, Michael Del Rosario directed, video. This was her second single of 2020, third overall, and a catchy, melodic showcase for her powerful, smoky vocals.

Banin recently a new video performing a previously unreleased song called "Drive Thru" accompanied by just a piano courtesy of 'Kechi.