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Surprises and horses as mewithoutYou, Rocky Votolato and Auctioneer wrap up tour at The Depot (photos, review)

mewithoutYou | Photo by John Vettese
mewithoutYou | Photo by John Vettese

It was the last night of tour, so surprises naturally came out of the woodwork when mewithoutYou headlined The Depot in York on Saturday – everything from unexpected collaborations to a singer rocking out in a horse’s mask. But we’ll get to that.

Opening the show was Philly art-rock four piece Auctioneer, who recently starred in an episode of the Shaking Through series and has been along for the ride since tour kicked off in June. The last time we caught them (at Nikki Volpicelli’s Tuesday Tune-Out this spring), the set was heavy on the visuals – a black and white 70s experimental film, a live mix of psychedelic footage shot in present day Philly – so the notion of Auctioneer unadorned was a little uncertain. Thankfully they more than delivered, showing how songwriter Craig Hendrix’s avant pop compositions don’t need to rely on trippy visuals to grip your attention. Their producer Todd Scheid was only a car-ride away, so he joined the band on gon bops caxixi, a bell-shaped percussion instrument of woven wicker, during “Our Future Faces” (the title track to Auctioneer’s new LP). As the set wrapped to a close, mewithoutYou’s Greg Jehenian and Brandon Beaver also rushed the stage to play tambourines and sing backing vocals.

Seattle songwriter Rocky Votolato followed, delivering a hushed set of acoustic folk in the vein of Elliott Smith and Red House Painters – forlorn, but undeniably poppy, and downright singalongable at moments, particularly the fan-requested “Om Ma” from a split 7″ Votolato released with Matt Pond in 2011.

On the second leg of a tour in support of their 2012 record Ten Stories, mewithoutYou were tight and hard-hitting. They took the stage shortly after 10, kicking off their set with the roaring scene-setter “February 1878.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: mewithoutYou at The Depot, Vietnam at Milkboy, Marc Broussard at Sellersville Theater

mwYUpper Darby-bred art-rock five piece mewithoutYou released their latest album, Ten Stories, last year, blending their heavier early sound with the orchestrations of their later albums.  The record features quirky tales of life and death mostly told through tales of anthropomorphic animals surrounding the wreck of a circus train.  The band is still on tour in support of the album, and will play at The Depot in York tonight with Philly’s Auctioneer.  Check out the Space Odyssey-inspired video for their song “All Circles” below and click here for ticket information.

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Watch mewithoutYou’s new clay-mation video for “All Circles” (playing The Depot on 7/6)

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The new video from Upper Darby’s mewithoutYou is a trippy 2001: A Space Odyssey meets Planet of the Apes tale of evolution, competition and self-destruction.  “All Circles” comes from the art-rock band’s latest LP Ten Stories and features Hayley Williams of Paramore on back-up vocals. With an initial homage to the tool-discovering apes of Kubrick’s film and an ending that could have someone yelling a line similar to that of Charlton Heston’s parting words in Schaffners’, the video is a cautionary critique of human tendencies.  mewithoutYou play The Depot in York, PA on July 6th with Auctioneer and Rocky Votolato; tickets and information can be found here. Watch the clay-mation video for “All Circles” below.

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mewithoutYou announces summer tour, takes Auctioneer along for the ride (ends at The Depot in York on 7/6)

mwYUpper Darby-bred art rock five-piece mewithoutYou announced a run of summer tour dates, and they’re bringing like-minded Philly outfit Auctioneer along for the ride. The former is continuing to tour behind their excellent 2012 LP Ten Stories, while the latter is prepping their debut LP for release this summer sometime (and if their recent show at PhilaMOCA is an indicator, it’s going to blow some minds).

The tour wraps up at The Depot in York, PA, on the 6th of July with Rocky Votolato also performing; information on the show can be found here.  For the full tour dates, click here. Below, watch mewithoutYou’s video for “February, 1878″ and Auctioneer’s recent session for Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series.

Shaking Through: Auctioneer from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eternal Summers at Kung Fu Necktie, Saint at PhilaMOCA, Memory Tapes at Johnny Brenda’s, XPN Welcomes Free Energy & Cold Fronts to The Depot

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Virginia’s Eternal Summers play Kung Fu Necktie tonight with Carousel and Wrong World.  The dream / power pop trio are touring behind their 2012 sophomore album Correct Behavior.  With frontwoman Nicole Yun’s sweetly confident vocals spurred on by the aggressive guitar riffs and rhythms of drummer Daniel Cundiff and bassist Jonathan Woods, Eternal Summers blend twee and punk in an infectious and often surprising way.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Below, watch their video for “Millions” from Correct Behavior.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ellie Goulding at The Electric Factory, Auctioneer with Ross Bellenoit at Puck, Leather at Kung Fu Necktie, Dope Body at The Depot, Riley Road at World Cafe Live at The Queen, XPN Welcomes Tommy Conwell to The Blockley

Following up her Free at Noon performance today, Ellie Goulding headlines the Electric Factory tonight.  The British electronic / pop musician released her LP Halcyon late last year after topping both BBC’s The Sound Of 2010 poll and the Critic’s Choice Award at The Brit Awards that same year. Blending infectious synth hooks and soulful singer-songwriter lyrics, Goulding has placed herself in the center of a resurging musical venn diagram that includes Lykke Li, Jesse Ware and Emeli Sande.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here.  Below, watch the video for Halcyon single “Anything Could Happen.”

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