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Tonight’s Concert Picks: mewithoutYou at TLA; Slaughter Beach, Dog at the First Unitarian Church

mewithoutYou | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

In recent years, Upper Darby art punk favorites mewithoutYou have toured in celebration of every milestone they’ve hit — this time it’s the 15th anniversary of [A–>B] Life, and they’ve hit the road to play the album in its entirety. Tonight’s stop at the TLA also includes a performance from Pianos Become The Teeth. Last time mewithoutYou played a show in town was for the 15th anniversary of Brother, Sister — read The Key’s review here. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Yes, Paramore’s new album features mewithoutYou’s Aaron Weiss

Paramore | photo by Lindsey Byrnes | via facebook.com/paramore

Love it or hate it, Paramore‘s first album in four years is not exactly the same sound that brought the band from its Nashville roots to the stage it’s at now. The angsty teens that started in high school are long grown up and any trace of punk has turned to pure pop. But stick around through the bulk of After Laughter, released last Friday, and you’ll hear a familiar voice. Instead of those iconic Hayley Williams vocals, The album’s penultimate track features Aaron Weiss of Philly punk mainstays mewithoutYou on the mic. Continue reading →

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In Our Darkness, A Light Shines: mewithoutYou Celebrate 10 Years of Brother, Sister

mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

For a band that does an awful lot of protesting their own existence, mewithoutYou are doing pretty well for themselves, 15 years in. On Thursday night, they celebrated a record that begins and ends with “I do not exist,” turning 10 years old — no small feat when you think about it. This closed tautology of self-denial bookends indie punk classic Brother, Sister — and has become an anthem for those searching for something beyond the easy answers. While all of mewithoutYou’s work deals heavily in symbolism and clever turns of phrase, the album doubles down on philosophical questions and existential probing. Billed as “The Sun & the Moon Band,” mewithoutYou again shrugged off that troublesome self in order to play in secret at Boot & Saddle, a venue several orders of magnitude more humble than their usual digs for the special occasion. Continue reading →

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mewithoutYou celebrates 15 years with remastered debut I Never Said That I Was Brave

mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

mewithoutYou, believe it or not, have been around for 15 years. Yes, 1-5. And while this occasion sometimes calls for ballrooms and a quinceanera, these Upper Darby natives have chosen to celebrate by releasing a remastered version of their first EP, I Never Said That I Was Brave, headed by the band’s mastering staple Hans Dekline of Sound Bites Dog.

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Take yourself on a dreamy ride with Geology’s record Healers

Geology | photo via facebook

Philadelphia lo-fi folk outfit Geology quietly released their album Healers this past spring. Fronted by the former bassist of Philly art-punk group mewithoutYou, Greg Jehanian called Healers a work in progress upon its initial release, and promised that more music would soon be added to the LP. On October 18th that promise was fulfilled: three new songs were added to the album — “[Refracted Light],” “The Smallest Fire” and “Who Among You?” — and that this final product is available for free download via Bandcamp. Continue reading →

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Thy Friends Profanely Rage: mewithoutYou celebrates the long homecoming at Underground Arts

mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Thursday marked one year of mewithoutYou’s most recent record, Pale Horses, and what a year it’s been. When I interviewed frontman and songwriter Aaron Weiss last year before the record’s release, I distinctly remember him saying “Every time we finish one, I’m so grateful and I tell myself ‘never put yourself through that again.’” If there was ever a year that he would choose to lay it all down, this would have been it. Continue reading →

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End of the Road: catching up with the tour bus struggles of mewithoutYou

mewithoutYou
mewithoutYou | Photo by Rocco Peditto for WXPN | roccopeditto.com

Last Friday, we lost an icon in the music world.

Philly punk favorite’s mewithoutYou, while on tour with Brand New across Canada, broke down somewhere in the Canadian Mountains. As in their tour bus literally broke down. And this wasn’t your average overheated engine or flat tire. A mechanic in Kamloops, British Columbia told the band what the cost of repairs would be, and they were faced with a harsh reality — it would cost less to buy and refurbish a new bus than it would to fix the one they’ve loved for so many years. It was time to say goodbye. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: mewithoutYou will headline XPN’s next Red Bull Sound Select show alongside Sonnder and The Yawpers

flyer design by Russell Edling | russelledling.com
flyer design by Russell Edling | russelledling.com

WXPN’s next installment of the Red Bull Sound Select concert series comes to Underground Arts this June, and the lineup is kind of incredible.

Headlining the show is Philly art-punk five-piece mewithoutYou, who released their exceptional sixth LP Pale Horses last year. The band are favorites of us here at The Key, and are incredible live performers who we’ve seen in myriad settings over the years – their set is sure to be fire. Continue reading →

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mewithoutYou and The Menzingers had a spellbinding two-night stand at Union Transfer

mewithoutYou | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
mewithoutYou | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

On Friday and Saturday night, Philly area bands mewithoutYou and The Menzingers co-headlined a back-to-back stint to a sold out crowd at Union Transfer. The bands kicked off their fall tour earlier this month along with Pianos Become The Teeth and Restorations. Following the release of their latest album Pale Horses, mewithoutYou delivered an energetic, lively performance that left the audience chanting for more. Frontman Aaron Weiss’s captivating lyrics filled the room as he paraded around the stage, swinging his hands into the air and gripping the neck of his guitar, giving us the type of performance his band has become known for. Continue reading →

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mewithoutYou come home to Philly in the new “Red Cow & Dorothy” video

mewithoutYou — Red Cow
mewithoutYou | from the “Red Cow” video

It’s weird. Even though mewithoutYou are Philadelphia born and bred, they don’t necessarily consider themselves a Philly band. Sure, they’ve got a loyal cadre of fans here, but when I interviewed Aaron Weiss earlier in the year and asked what it meant to him to be a Philly band, he hesitated. “I wouldn’t necessarily label us as a Philly band,” he said, “we’re from here, but we’ve gotten a much better reception in other cities, I think.” Nevertheless, a brand-new video premiered today for Pale Horses tracks “Red Cow” and “Dorothy” has frontman Aaron Weiss coming home, to Philadelphia. Continue reading →