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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 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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: mewithoutYou at The Depot, Swans at Union Transfer

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photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Local art-rock outfit mewithoutYou play The Depot in York, PA tonight. The band is celebrating a signing to Run For Cover Records and the announcement of a new record, set for release this summer. A teaser video was posted on Instagram and Youtube last week when the announcement was made, featuring a clip of a track with a mid-tempo piano melody and haunting lyrics – definitely going to be deep stuff. Check it out below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 18+ show with Bells and Vinny Vegas here.

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They Do Not Exist, We Faithfully Insist: mewithoutYou & The Districts go incognito at the Church

mewithoutYou | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
mewithoutYou | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

So that’s the end of my 2014 year in shows. Slammed into a bank of monitors, screaming at the top of my lungs, sweat-soaked, sobbing and experiencing more than a little bit of real pain from the crushing. But some band called mewithoutYou once told me that “the cure for pain is the pain itself,” and even a few bruises couldn’t keep me from having an absolute blast at the Church on Tuesday night. I didn’t even really know who was playing, just saw a couple of random bands called “Eight Legged Prawn,” with “Thy Foes Profanely Rage” on a cheap Church bill promised a decent night of entertainment. Continue reading →

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Home for the Holidays: mewithoutYou throw a winter warmer at Johnny Brenda’s

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

We’ve got a lot of good ways to be festive here in Philly, during the holiday season. Some people prefer Christmas Village or ice-skating at Penn’s Landing, but I humbug those in favor of something a little different. This year and last, I’ve been participating in a new tradition: grabbing a few dear friends and heading over to Johnny Brenda’s, to see local legends mewithoutYou play an annual, intimate holiday show. Continue reading →

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Hometown Heroes: mewithoutYou celebrate ten years of Foxes with fans The Troc

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

“I guess we didn’t really think it through, does that kinda make us like dinosaurs?” Aaron Weiss—just as charmingly awkward as ever—asked the audience late on Saturday night. Earlier in the evening, he and his longtime friends who make up mewithoutYou had taken the stage of the Trocadero to the swelling orchestral theme from Jurrasic Park, to celebrate their breakout album Catch for Us the Foxes turning 10 years old. Whether you see Catch as a fossil from mewithoutYou’s early days or the cornerstone of their career-writ-large, Saturday’s sold-out, hometown show was undeniably one for the history books. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: mewithoutYou at the Trocadero, Black Milk at Johnny Brenda’s, Phantogram at Union Transfer, and more!

mewithoutYou | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
mewithoutYou | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Upper Darby-based rock group mewithoutYou brings its Catch For Us the Foxes 10-year anniversary tour to The Trocadero tonight. Their second full-length album came out in October of 2004 and cathartically explored the tension between heartache, faith and the complex emotions of youth. The record contained fan faves like “In a Sweater Poorly Knit” and “January 1979”, the latter of which won mtvU’s “Left Field Award for Most Original Artist,” and the album peaked at number 20 on Billboard’s “Top Heatseekers.” Joining mwY tonight are Lawrence, Kansas post-rock group The Appleseed Cast and Philadelphia art-punk favorites Hop Along. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →