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Restorations will join The Menzingers and mewithoutYou for their fall tour

Restorations | Photo via NPR Music
Restorations | Photo via NPR Music

This fall’s co-headling tour with The Menzingers and mewithoutYou was already hotly anticipated, and now Philly’s Restorations have jumped on board as the opener. Their latest album LP3 came out last year and the band recently played a standout set for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts (not to mention our own Waterfront Sessions at Spruce Street Harbor). The  Philly stops for the tour are a Union Transfer doubleheader on October 23rd and 24th; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Pine Barons cover mewithoutYou’s “January 1979”

Pine Barons | Photo by Dan McGurk | Root Down In The Shadow
Pine Barons | Photo by Dan McGurk | Root Down In The Shadow

One of my favorite aspects of the innumerable cover song projects out their on the web is getting artists out of their comfort zone and breaking down the preconceived notions we’ve built up about them. Getting them to do do away with concepts like scene and genre and just focus on the idea of connecting with songs.

Our buds over at Root Down in the Shadow are well into their third season of their Philly-centric Cover Club webseries, and it’s already had some sweet entries – Hezekiah Jones doing a track by his good buddy Johnny Miles in the studio, Jersey’s Anthony D’Amato tipping a cap to Philly’s Marah along the Manayunk Canal on a windy Record Store Day.

Both those videos are great, but not necessarily far from the tree for either performer. Enter the latest episode of Cover Club, featuring XPoNential Music Festival artists Pine BaronsContinue reading →

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Watch mewithoutYou play “Magic Lantern Days” for their Audiotree session

mewithoutYou | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
mewithoutYou | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

mewithoutYou recently stopped by Audiotree to perform their song “Magic Lantern Days”, which appears on their Pale Horses album. This captivating rendition of the track emphasizes the local art-rock band’s knack for powerful songwriting, and is perfectly accompanied by a rainy day and your favorite cup of tea. Continue reading →

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DANG: The Menzingers and mewithoutYou will co-headline Union Transfer

The Menzingers | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
The Menzingers | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

You might want to brace yourself for this one. Philly punk favorites The Menzingers have just announced a short tour with mewithoutYou. The tour will have a double stop at Union Transfer on October 23rd and 24th before they make their way down to Gainesville for FEST. Tickets will go on sale Friday July 10th at noon here. Continue reading →

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It’s the End of the World, and I Feel Fine: Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou talks Pale Horses

mewithoutYou | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
mewithoutYou | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

“It doesn’t make me that sad,” muses mewithoutYou frontman Aaron Weiss. He is, of course, talking about the apocalypse — what else? It’s the central train of thought in the band’s new record, Pale Horses, out today. Weiss keeps it all in perspective. Whether the apocalyptic references are talking about death, ISIS, or the potential breakup of the band, he’s chipper throughout our conversation. Continue reading →

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Listen to mewithoutYou’s new album Pale Horses on Noisey

mewithoutYou | via facebook.com/mewithoutyou
mewithoutYou | via facebook.com/mewithoutyou

Philly’s own mewithoutYou are often classified as “emo,” but any fan of them knows they’re so much more than the usual self-loathing, screaming downer music. The band is a constantly evolving project, passing far over the expectations of experimental rock groups today.

Sprouting in multi-directional creative branches that are impossible to predict, the band trods through dramatic hallucinations – both in sound and in lyrical content. Central to the band is the vocal delivery of Aaron Weiss, who warbles, yells, and pours his narratives out through the microphone. mewithoutYou’s unique storytelling is what sets them eons apart from their contemporaries, as well as the peculiar and eclectic sonic musicianship of the rest of the five-piece. Continue reading →

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Listen to mewithoutYou’s “D Minor,” the latest song from Pale Horses

mewithoutYou | Photo via mewithoutyou.com

mewithoutYou is releasing its sixth studio album, Pale Horses,  in June. Following up on the lead single “Red Cow,” the band premiered a new song called “D Minor” via NPR Music this week. It features the  weaving of storytelling and heavy rock that fans of the band have become accustomed to, and this particular track draws influence from Neutral Milk Hotel. Lead vocalist Aaron Weiss tackles his clashes between sexuality and faith as he sings: “This is not the first time that God has died.” Continue reading →

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Listen To It: mewithoutYou set it off at The Depot

mewithoutYou | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
mewithoutYou | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

It’s funny, you know? They say “all circles end where they begin,” but sometimes you never really perceive life that way. I used to live in Central PA—not exactly a mecca for concerts. The first time I saw mewithoutYou was at a dive bar in York called The Depot, two or three years back. After that experience, I found myself road-tripping increasingly more and more often to Philadelphia or DC to see them. Living in Philly now, I can catch a mewithoutYou hometown show two or three times a year, but when I heard they were playing the Depot again, I knew I just had to be there again. So I grabbed The Key’s John Vettese and Rachel Del Sordo and we shipped out to York for the gig. Last night, I went full-circle. Continue reading →