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Show Review: mewithoutYou and Buried Beds Home at the TLA

Dorothy’s mantra, “there’s no place like home”, still proves true. Far from the fictional Oz, last night’s performance at the TLA was warm and fuzzy all the same. Opening with loveable local outfit Buried Beds, the tone of the evening was set with keyboardist Eliza Jones’ welcoming words, “It’s so awesome to be home.” Practically beaming, the band’s indie folk finesse unfolded with “Steady Hand”. Featured on Tremble The Sails, the staccato clicks of drumsticks and strums of mandolin induced swooning by listeners while the acoustic intro of “Ivory Towers” impressed with impeccable harmonies and claps. Closing their set with the help of their tourmates, Buried Beds’ exit was endearingly ecstatic and premised by applause.
With the swagger of a western, Vagrant vets Murder By Death took the stage with In Bocca Al Lupo’s “Sometimes the Line Walks You”. Fans leaned towards the stage with fists raised high, echoing frontman Adam Turla’s shouts of “Jailbreak!” “’52 Ford” and “King of the Gutters, Prince of the Dogs” brought to mind Johnny Cash, painting pictures of dusty trails and open skies. A quick tribute to whiskey, the band turned to older songs like “Until Morale Improves, the Beatings Will Continue” and dramatic “Devil in Mexico”. Dedicating “Brothers” to fellow tourmates, “Coming Home” gave way to goodbyes.
Before mewithoutYou graced the stage, the mere sight of their gear caused fans to cheer. The audience shuffled and shoved their way closer to the stage while chatter and “Hand In Glove” filled the atmosphere. Brother, Sister’s “Messes of Men” was a fitting first, later followed by well-loved favorites like “Goodbye, I” and “C-Minor”. A hushed “Son of a Widow” bled into the cheerful “Timothy Hay”, leading to the crashing chords of “Torches Together”. Richard Mazzotta’s drummed out beats incited rhythmic claps from fans and bouts of dancing to the tune of frontman Aaron Weiss’ shouts. “A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains” played out poetic with melodrama, much like the prolific prose of “January 1979”. Ending with “Allah, Allah, Allah,” the band’s exit was brief. Leaving the stage empty for what felt like five minutes, mewithoutYou returned with a three song encore, sandwiching “The Fox, The Crow, and the Cookie” between “Disaster Tourism” and their last farewell of the night, “In a Sweater Poorly Knit”.
- Dianca Potts (Words & Photos)



Weekend Warrior, August 13 - 15

So we’re not gonna lie: local indie-rock success story, mewithoutYou, is one hell of a band. Their heaving spirituality-meets-experimental blitz imprint is absorbing. But the Tooth & Nail-signed outfit is not the only act on the bill that has The Deli Staff is trippin’ for tonight at the TLA. Philly’s lesser-known funhouse Buried Beds, who, along with Indiana four-piece Murder by Death, are certainly reasons to make it there early. When we said that Buried Beds’ high-spirited ‘60s AM radio pop signals a “beacon of hopefulness” in a city “dusted with tension and grit,” we really meant it (listen to their latest and The Deli’s July CD of the Month Tremble the Sails - we know you'll agree). They’re absolutely excellent and if you skip out, then we’ll just hate you. Seriously. ;o) Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St., 9pm, $16, All Ages (Photo by Josh Bender)
What to do, what to do, what to do…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Armchairs CD Release Party w/The Extraordinaires, Hop Along, Agent Moosehead
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SUN Ladies Auxiliary
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Great Unknown SUN Johnny Action Figure and The Revere
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI (Early) Northern Valentine, (Late) Mose Giganticus CD Release Party w/Monolith, SAT The Fallen Troubadours, Alien Architect and Sela
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT The Tulanes
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, SUN Elliot Levin
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI When I Was 12, SAT Sunsets North
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Bitchslicer and Officer Slug
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Girls Rock Philly Showcase
Highwire Gallery (2040 Frankford Ave.) SUN U.S. Girls
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT Reading Rainbow and Creepoid
Pterodactyl (3237 Amber St.) FRI The Weeds and Sunny Ali & the Kid
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Phillybloco
The Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum (3819 Hamilton St.) FRI Carnivolution
Flying W Airplane Pool (60 Fostertown Rd. - Medford, NJ) SUN Making Time Pool Party



The Weeds LIVE at Pterodactyl Aug. 13

The Weeds don’t play out as often as they should, but you can’t blame Emily Ana Zeitlyn for being a good mother. Zeitlyn, sister to K Record’s Mirah, surely leans the scale towards nature in the “nature vs. nurture battle” proving that musical talent must be in the genes (well, in this case). Her wispy vocals captivate with a lilt of vulnerability as her poetic lyrics cut deep into the surface of true human emotion. With assistance on bass and in production from local music veteran and multi-instrumentalist Devin Greenwood, The Weeds create haunting compositions whether floating in the ethereality of “Poison” or diving into the indie rock goodness of “Sad Helena”.  They’ll be helping Pterodactyl celebrate the closing of Mystic Monsters, a collaboration between Pat Aulisio and Adam Fergurson, in the main gallery and the opening of Our Improbable Existence, an exhibition of recent drawings, paintings and photographs by Michigan artist Amy Sacksteder, in the new side gallery. The Weeds will be joined by my favorite “Paki-not-indie” urban cowboys Sunny Ali & the Kid. Pterodactyl, 3237 Amber St. - 5th Floor, 8pm, $5 donation, All Ages - Q.D. Tran



The Armchairs Celebrate Debut Release at JB’s Aug. 13

Congrats go out to The Armchairs for being the newest band to be a part of the Punk Rock Payroll family and finally releasing their debut album! (We know that they ran into plenty of obstacles along the way.) And if you had the chance to catch them on commentator duty when The Extraordinaires unveiled their homage to Philly sports at the Blockley Pourhouse a few weeks back, then you know that they already fit right in. Friday the 13th isn't going to be that unlucky for The Armchairs thanks to their CD release party for the band's long-awaited album Science & Advice, which you can listen to in full on their website. They'll be once again joined by new family members The Extraordinaires, who will likely find a way to inaugurate them into the fold. The group has soared to new heights since releasing their latest album Electric and Benevolent, which is a ten track abstract biography of a mad genius, and comes with his hand written journal to match. And with a most excellent new lineup backing Jay Purdy and Matt Gibson, they are ready to conquer the world or at least freak some people out. Both acts are set to hit the road on extensive tours very soon. Rounding out the lineup are Nintendo-powered freestyle jazz masters Agent Moosehead and the breathy, upbeat folk of Frances Quinlan’s Hop Along. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Tiffany Yoon) - Bill McThrill


Mose Giganticus CD Release Party at The Fire Aug. 13

Big things have been happening to robot rocker Mose Giganticus of late. The artist recently unveiled his debut release Gift Horse on Philly’s own Relapse Records. The epic album reveals a whole new edgier more metallic sound that fans of his previous cyber punk technology laden tunes will be able to get behind, especially since the trademark keytar is still in tow. Upon releasing the album, Matt Garfield was quick to jump into his veggie-powered van and go on a supporting tour so he hasn't found time to celebrate the albums release at home. But all of that is set to change when he invades The Fire tonight, where he’ll play futuristic oldies like "My Machine" and his homage to Nikola Tesla (one of my favorite inventors - Thomas Edison was a thief and a scumbag), "Commander". Or with supercharged new tunes like "White Horse" and "The Left Path", you're sure to be left breathless thanks to all the energy you'll be expending during their set. Mose Giganticus will also be joined by local heavy hitting rockers, Monolith, who just recently released a new split EP on Science of Silence Records. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 10pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Jana Miller) - Bill McThrill


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