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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.





Weekend Warrior, October 19 - 21

Raw agitation and frustration over societal changes and issues are delivered via intimate narratives, speaking to the individual and lighting a fire to which a community can gather around in union. LP5000, the latest album from Restorations, which was produced by Jonathan Low and released via Tiny Engines, delivers on that mission statement. There’s an ability to dig down deep, expressing the essence of the present problems. However, rather than languishing and lamenting in a state of stagnation, the band encourages a pulse of positivity, driven by a gritty groundswell of post-punk and the potential impact of an oncoming wave in the distance. This Sunday, Restorations steps into the First Unitarian Church, where they’ll be joined by tour & label mates Wild Pink, whose reassuring, airy, singer-songwriter composure strolls with synth and then spikes when called upon. As we await the release of their forthcoming self-titled debut album, the roaring, grunge-punk surge of Fight Amp-Legendary Divorce hybrid, Low Dose, completes this lineup. – Michael Colavita 

More places to hit this fall weekend…

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SUN Restorations, Low Dose

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Hardwork Movement, Attic Tapes, SAT Darla (Record Release Show), Square Peg Round Hole, Taylor Kelly

Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SUN Black Dog Gallery Halloween Show: Yuckmouf, Wrists, Haunted Homes, X88B88

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Canine 10/DJ Deejay, SUN The Retinas

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Cape of Bats, SAT Lovelorn, Don Devore, Korine

The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Scorpio  (A Scorpions Tribute)

The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SUN Varials

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Red Wheelbarrow Trio, SAT (Upstairs) Christine Havrilla, Vanida Gail, SUN David P. Stevens, Carol Riddick, Deverson Patterson

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Joe Jack Talcum, Rodney Anonymous, The PLIBmen, F. Woods and The Fellow Humans, 7th Victim, Starwood, SAT Fonvery, Moonroof, Distant Destroyer

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Homestead Collective, SUN Matthew Schuler, Joshua Howard, Marielle Kraft

Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease, Ali Awan, SUN Narcos Family Band, Trash Knife

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT Behind The Grandstand, Swwik/The Rectors, Shy Boyz

Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Everlit, Dune Puma, SAT Michael Wavves, Tucker Eb’s, Evan Tracy, Jrdn Aris, Alex Catrambone, Malcolm Taylor, SUN Mariano Di Gabriele

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

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SUN Rusty Cadillac 

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI The Louderbacks, The Pink Angels, Weakknees, SAT The TC Cole Riot, The Cheddar Boys, Side Pocket Louie

The Tusk (430 South St.) FRI Lamplighters, The Lot 

Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Rivers of Nihil, No Gods, SAT DJ Haveboard, SUN Coast 2 Coast Live: Philadelphia Edition 

Century (1350 S 29th St.) FRI Fucksake (Tape Release), Los Gueys, Episode, Asthmatix, SAT Body Spray, Faking, Dunning Kruger

Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Blvd.) FRI DJ Beatstreet, SUN Rich Baker

Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI The Peek-A-Boo Revue “Dead Sexy”/Ben Aire, SAT  The Peek-A-Boo Revue “Dead Sexy”/Ed Christof, SUN TIT: A Burlesque Tribute to Stephen King

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Effusion 35, Summer Scouts, Dear Forbidden, The Band Sheep, SAT The Output, The Easily Fooled, Goodthief

Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Echoes, the American Pink Floyd/Splintered Sunlight

Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Clasp

The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Bad Shapes, Dweller, Tiger Castle, SUN Science Club, Brandish

Creep Records (1050 N. Hancock St.) SAT Skeleton Lipstick, Kiss of the Whip

No Face Studios (5213 Grays Ave.) SAT Grayling (solo)

Planet Phitness (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Halloween cover show:  System of a Down (ft mems of (formerly) Old Maybe, Aubergene), Television Personalities (ft mems of Radiator Hospital, Missing Earth, Big Heet), Everclear (ft mems of closer, Corey Flood, Littler, Everywhen, Prawn), Hilary Duff (ft mems of Susie Derkins, Slow Ref, Microsoft Saint, (formerly) the human fly), The Cure (ft members of Bury Your Fish, Jesse Magenta, and Pachyderm), Broadcast (ft mems of Corey Flood), Fall Out Boy (ft mems of Baby Bush, Here Comes Your Arms)





Q&A with AOTM Daisybones, see them live at The Old Court (10.20)

Given that some of the members of Lowell's Daisybones have been playing together for nearly a decade, it would make sense to consider their journey to their exceptionally fine-tuned sound a slow burn. But it doesn't come across that way at all. The explosive, eruptive performances they give with every track feel completely spontaneous. Listening to their 2017 debut LP Gusto is like being trapped in a moment, one that grabs you by the shoulders and shakes you out of whatever funk you've been in until you start dancing. Their most recent single "Choke" follows suit. The anthemic single is a clear example of musical growth, while retaining the same energy. It's no surprise that Daisybones was voted The Deli's artist of the month, as they're surely one of the best bands performing in New England right now. The Deli sat down with Jordan of Daisybones and talked about playing with the same people for years, joint euphemisms, influences, and musical diversity in New England.

Catch Daisybones at The Old Court in Lowell tomorrow (10.20) at 8:15 p.m., and keep an eye out for Beautymark, their next release coming out in three days (10.22). 

I know that most of you met in high school, but that the band fully formed in college. Can you talk more about your origin story, and how the project has changed since then?

Jordan: A.J. and I have been playing together for almost 10 years now. We started off as the two of us playing guitar and drums in his basement, writing absolutely awful songs, but it was something. We've always been in the same project no matter what it was. After a few different members and names, we linked up with Dillon in high school and that's when we started to take it a bit more seriously. We started off by playing the classic emo/pop-punk type of stuff and wrote some absolute bangers, anthems if you will. That changed as we all grew more through music and other factors. Dillon, A.J., and I had a rad practice space that was basically an empty warehouse. We would go there for hours at a time and just write, jam, play Smash Bros. That was probably our biggest growth period in terms of writing. We harnessed all the indie rock energy we could and wrote an album under a different name. Flash forward to freshman year of college, we were starting to write new music and wanted to give ourselves a fresh start. So, we started a new band under a different name and needed something that was outside of the cookie-cutter cliche 'rock band' line up -- by that I mean just guitar, bass, drums. I had met Lucas across the hall in college. He produced music and he was a great piano player, as well. He helped us expand the sonic values of our first album and we wanted to bring that to the stage so he joined us and then daisybones was born.

Where did the name Daisybones come from, and who thought of it?

Jordan: Dillon and I spent about a month at least just shooting random texts to each other. We could probably go back on our phones to that time and it's just endless messages of random words put together that had some kind of ring to it. We came up with probably 100 different band names, but none of them sounded right or were too long, or they were already band names. It seemed like nothing worked. I started to just take the names we had and reorganize the words, and I texted Dillon 'daisybones'. The next day he texted me back saying, "that works. its like euphemism for a joint." And that was that.

Are there any bands or albums that heavily influenced your music-making?

Jordan: This list could go on forever. Directly or indirectly the following bands influenced everything we do: Thee Oh Sees, Animal Collective, The Districts, Vundabar, Vampire Weekend, Sun Club, Kings of Leon, Alvvays, BRONCHO, FIDLAR, White Reaper, Diet Cig, The Frights, Ghostt Bllonde, Arctic Monkeys, Mini Mansions, Queens of the Stone Age, The Buttertones, French Cassettes, And The Kids, Tokyo Police Club, Drowners, among many others.

What is your favorite thing about the New England music scene?

Jordan: The diversity. There is so much music that happens in New England, it's sort of pleasantly overwhelming. Especially in the Lowell area.

What is your least favorite?

Jordan: I think people could put more effort into helping bands from other areas come through and tour. I hear a lot of touring bands say they struggle to get a solid show in Boston or Lowell.

What was your most memorable live show, for reasons good or bad?

Jordan: Personally one of our most memorable shows was a recent house show we played. It was the first venue we played at as Daisybones and we haven't played there in over a year. We had a basement full of people yelling our songs back at us. The crowd was very active and very hype. It was very, very fun to play.

Here at The Deli, we love to talk about gear—we even have a blog dedicated exclusively to pedals! What gear, if any, can you not perform without?

Jordan: I personally have a lot of Earth Quaker Devices on my board. The Hoofreaper, The Afterneath are both pedals I can't play without along with the Green Rhino by Way Huge and of course the TC Electronics' Hall of Fame. Dillon has an absolute boss set up of a Hall of Fame patched into a Big Muff. It's badass.

Last, but not least, what is your favorite thing to order at your local deli?

Jordan: Roast Beef.

Dillon: Ham and Cheese with peanut butter and onions.

A.J.: Just bread.

Lucas: Grilled Cheese.

Listen to tracks by Daisybones and more local artists on The Deli New England's brand new Spotify playlist, Cold Cuts: Sounds of New England.

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Subtitle (brief and awesome): 
The Deli sat down with Jordan of Daisybones and talked about playing with the same people for years, joint euphemisms, influences, and musical diversity in New England.
Excerpt (short interesting quote from the Q&A): 
"There is so much music that happens in New England, it's sort of pleasantly overwhelming."




New Video: One On One Session - Rosali

Rosali Middleman, a.k.a. Rosali, recently stopped by City Winery New York for a One On One Cellar Session. Spellbinding songwriting and heartfelt singing unite in the transfixing performance, featuring four songs from her latest album Trouble Anyway. The ability to tap into one’s emotive core while maintaining a cathartic calm captivates. Rosali is set to support Cloud Nothings and The Courtneys on Tuesday, December 4 at Union Transfer.





Emerging electronica artist BLK SLK plays Trans Pecos 11.16

Music producer BLK SLK is an emerging electronic artist and DJ, known for his collection of imaginative electronica. This artist merges synth samples as though quilting together bits of sounds, blending both smooth and hard-hitting beats to form rich, well-produced jams. There isn’t one moment that lulls in either of his debut singles, “Could Be” and “Hook Me Up.” Propelled by dancey beats, BLK SLK's tracks move along with a fluid yet calculated flow, creating tension in the combination of mellow energy and convulse beats. Remarkably, their production achieves a sense of cohesion, notwithstanding the tapestry of busy sounds. Fitting for either a motivating housework soundtrack or a pre-night out pump up, this artist’s bright sound is an ideal middle ground for any situation in need of a electronic morale boost. Check out BLK SLK's material below, now streaming on Soundcloud and Bandcamp. - Rebecca Carroll

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