POZ Playlist: Team Recommendations

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 23, 2012

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It’s the weekend again, so PropertyOfZack is back with a brand new Team Recommendation Playlist! Each weekend, different members of our team will be recommending both old and new songs for our viewers to listen to and enjoy. Check out the Team Playlist and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts! 

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Bayside - Oliver’s Army
Whether they’re pumping out full-lengths full of original material, or EPs strictly composed of cover songs, this band consistently kills it. This is an excellent cover of the Elvis Costello track of the same name, and the quartet did it justice in every sense of the word. - Brandon Allin (@brandon_allin)

Bomb The Music Industry!- Shit That You Hate
One of the worst moments in this year was when Bomb The Music Industry! announced that they would be going on hiatus. After putting out one of the best, if not the best record in 2011, I was really hoping for a lot more from the band. Vacation is a perfect record with every song being just as good as the other. I saw their final(?) show in Cleveland last night and this was the track that hit me the hardest. Bomb finally found the sound that suits them the best on this new record and it’ll really suck if we don’t get another one soon. - Justin Graci (@JustinHMGraci)

The Wonder Years - Living Room Song
The world didn’t end. But if it had, this song just about sums up my feelings about it.  ”If the world ends, I hope I’m in my living room with good friends.” “So fuck the world and what it wants me to be!” Yeah, this was about that crazy religious guy on the radio, but I think the same idea applied to Friday’s “Apocolypse.” - Mike Sheffey (@SheffeyzTweetz) 

Look Mexico - You Stay. I Go. No Following.
Look Mexico is a highly underrated band, in my opinion. Their smooth indie rock leaves very little to be desired. Add a guest spot by the man, the myth, the legend Frank Turner on “You Stay. I Go. No Folowing.” and you have a song not only worth listening to but worth raving about. - Dylan Powell (@DylanPowell5493)

Huey Lewis & The News - The Power Of Love
I had already spent a lot of time the past few days listening to Huey Lewis (because of reasons!), so when friend-of-POZ / Motion City Soundtrack stickman Tony Thaxton selected the San Francisco white-boy-soul-rockers for his contribution to BandsOnBands, I knew that I had to make this my pick for the week. Between the fist-pumper synth hook, the day-glo production sheen, and Lewis’ inimitable power croon, it might be the most mid-80s song ever recorded. Also, it rocks, in a sweater-tied-round-your-neck kind of way. - Jesse Richman (@jrichmanesq)

mewithoutYou - All Circles
I’m not a large mewithoutYou fan, but I certainly enjoy their music. Ten Stories very much took me surprise this year. It’s my favorite album by the band, and I think “All Circles” is a great song for anyone who has not listened to the band, or has not previously enjoyed the band, to check out. What a great track. - Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo)

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mewithoutYou Shooting New Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 21, 2012

mewithoutYou are shooting a new music video today for “All Circles.” Check out a tweet from the band below by clicking “Read More.”

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mewithoutYou Welcome New Member To Band

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 30, 2012

mewithoutYou have officially added Brandon Beaver as a member of the band following his role as a touring guitarist. Check out a tweet from the band below by clicking “Read More.”

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mewithoutYou Opening For Paramore On SE Asia Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 29, 2012

mewithoutYou will be opening for Paramore on their Southeast Asia tour. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Presents: The Weekly Summary

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 24, 2012

mewithoutYou Working On Holiday Surprise

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 17, 2012

mewithoutYou are working on a few holiday surprises for fans. Check out a message from the band below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Presents: The Weekly Tour Round-Up

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 14, 2012

It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this fall and winter and more are getting announced each week. Below you’ll find all the tours going on over the next few months, with newly announced tours listed above previously announced tours. So check out all the tours if you’ve missed any of them and make sure to mark them down on your calendars!

New Tours:

POZ Sponsored Tours
Topshelf Records CMJ Showcase [10/19] 
Run For Cover Records CMJ Showcase [10/20] 

North America
Sparks The Rescue [10/19-10/28]
HRVRD, Junior Astronomers [11/03-11/15]
 
Trash Talk, MellowHype [11/09-11/20]
That’s Outrageous! [11/24-12/01]
 
Get Scared, Make Me Famous [11/24-12/16]
Like Moths To Flames, The Plot In You [11/30-12/09]

For All Those Sleeping, Close To Home [11/30-12/15]
Make Do And Mend, Seahaven, Young Statues [12/04-12/10]
Anthony Green, Geoff Rickly [12/05-12/16]
Underøath, mewithoutYou, As Cities Burn, letlive. [1/16-1/26] 
Dead Sara, Muse [02/10-03/02] 

United Kingdom|Mainland Europe
Such Gold, Daytrader, Funeral For A Friend [01/23-02/19]

Australia
Mayday Parade, We Are The In Crowd, Heroes For Hire [12/07-12/09] 

South America
Texas In July [12/01-12/03] 

Previously Announced Tours:

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Underøath Farewell Tour With mwY, As Cities Burn, letlive.

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 8, 2012

Underøath will be going out on their farewell tour with mewithoutYou, As Cities Burn, and letlive. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More!”

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mewithoutYou Announce Shows With Dismemberment Plan

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 20, 2012

mewithoutYou will be playing two shows next month with  Dismemberment Plan as well as two other headlining dates. Check out al lthe dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Gallery

Aug 19, 2012

POZ Gallery: mewithoutYou Summer Headlining TourFeatures: mewithoutYou, Kevin DevineLocation: Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYPhotos By: Hilary J. Corts POZ Gallery: mewithoutYou Summer Headlining TourFeatures: mewithoutYou, Kevin DevineLocation: Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYPhotos By: Hilary J. Corts POZ Gallery: mewithoutYou Summer Headlining TourFeatures: mewithoutYou, Kevin DevineLocation: Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYPhotos By: Hilary J. Corts POZ Gallery: mewithoutYou Summer Headlining TourFeatures: mewithoutYou, Kevin DevineLocation: Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYPhotos By: Hilary J. Corts POZ Gallery: mewithoutYou Summer Headlining TourFeatures: mewithoutYou, Kevin DevineLocation: Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYPhotos By: Hilary J. Corts POZ Gallery: mewithoutYou Summer Headlining TourFeatures: mewithoutYou, Kevin DevineLocation: Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYPhotos By: Hilary J. Corts POZ Gallery: mewithoutYou Summer Headlining TourFeatures: mewithoutYou, Kevin DevineLocation: Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYPhotos By: Hilary J. Corts POZ Gallery: mewithoutYou Summer Headlining TourFeatures: mewithoutYou, Kevin DevineLocation: Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYPhotos By: Hilary J. Corts POZ Gallery: mewithoutYou Summer Headlining TourFeatures: mewithoutYou, Kevin DevineLocation: Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYPhotos By: Hilary J. Corts POZ Gallery: mewithoutYou Summer Headlining TourFeatures: mewithoutYou, Kevin DevineLocation: Music Hall of Williamsburg, NYPhotos By: Hilary J. Corts

POZ Gallery: mewithoutYou Summer Headlining Tour
Features: mewithoutYou, Kevin Devine
Location: Music Hall of Williamsburg, NY
Photos By: Hilary J. Corts

mewithoutYou Live Performance

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 29, 2012

mewithoutYou recently performed “Silencer” in Denver, CO. You can check out the video below by clicking “Read More.”

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mewithoutYou Open Up About ‘[A→B] Life’

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 20, 2012

mewithoutYou recently took part in a feature dedicated to the ten year anniversary of [A→B] Life. Check out what the band had to say about not playing songs off of the album live below by clicking “Read More.”

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mewithoutYou B-Side Stream

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 5, 2012

A new mewithoutYou b-side called “Julian The Onion” can be streamed below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Review: mewithoutYou - Ten Stories

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 13, 2012

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It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All a Dream! It’s Alright, the 2009 release from heady indie-punks mewithoutYou, was a veritable master class on folk-pop songcraft, with vocalist Aaron Weiss wrapping a newfound croon around hookily shambolic largely-acoustic beds, but the break from the band’s post-hardcore past wasn’t especially well received by fans. Ten Stories declares a détente of sorts; it opens with Weiss in classic form, barking out “February, 1878”’s scene-setting intro with the intensity of a street preacher crying doomsday before easing back into more melodic vocals at the two minute mark. Weiss continues to draw from both techniques throughout Ten Stories; “Fox’s Dream Of The Log Flume”’s aggressive ramble could be a lost recording from 2004’s Catch for Us the Foxes, but dark parable “Elephant in the Dock” feels like a continuation of It’s All Crazy’s experiments with vocal melody. The two approaches fit together surprisingly neatly, with most tracks melding seamlessly together; the few moments that jar do so with clear authorial intent.

The band, for their part, seem to be on the same page; most of Ten Stories’ instrumental tracks draw from one of those two wells, though there’s an intriguing intermixing of waters at times, a synthesis that results in some of the band’s most musically exciting moments to date, like the jolting transition from lilting major key pop to dirty alt grind midway through “Nine Stories.” Meanwhile, mewithoutYou have a couple new tricks up their sleeves: Ten Stories’ most quietly tuneful track, “Aubergine,” swoons warmly, dreamily, over starbursts of pedal steel; the spry indie pop of “Cardiff Giant” could pass for Modest Mouse at their ebullient best.

If there’s been one constant across all of mewithoutYou’s albums, it’s Weiss’ idiosyncratic approach to his lyrics, and Ten Stories’ subject matter—theologically and philosophically resonant fables exploring morality and the quest for truth, dense with metaphor and symbolism but couched in deceptively simple language, starring anthropomorphized animals and plants—should be immediately recognizable to anyone familiar with the band’s past work. Ten Stories is mewithoutYou’s first true concept album—it purports to tell the story of a circus train disaster by exploring the lives of the animals involved therein—but all of the band’s past albums have evinced tight thematic ties, so what might feel like an awkward pose (or a serious overreach) for other outfits seems mostly par for the course for mewithoutYou.

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