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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 →

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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 →