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Friday, March 9

This week, Philadelphia based rock band Mewithoutyou began slowly unveiling the cover of their upcoming album, Ten Stories, via small, digital puzzle pieces posted on their Facebook page one at a time. It’s an unusual way for the band to introduce the world to their fifth studio album, but MewithoutYou aren’t exactly your usual rock band. Matching their experimental rock recordings with intense live performances, MewithoutYou have intrigued audiences for over a decade now. Frontman Aaron Weiss is usually the focal point of their live performances, with his meandering demeanor, passionate spoken word vocals, and occasional use of an accordian or trumpet, but don’t let him distract you from the magic also being conjured by the other members of the band. Drummer Rickie Mazzotta and bassist Greg Jehanian lock together in rhythmic unison on songs like “The Dryness & The Rain,” from their 2006 Tooth & Nail album Brother, Sister, as if they’re guiding the listener through a middle eastern market place in biblical times. Guitarist and keyboardist Michael Weiss provides a mix of sound ranging from walls of atmospheric strumming to melodic, rhythmic riffing that further helps to transport the crowd to the far off land where the sounds of MewithoutYou exist. Don’t miss this creative four piece when they make a stop at the Tralf this Friday (March 9) with support from Sainthood Reps and Cold Fronts. —cory perla

7pm. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. (852-2860 / $15 advanced, $17 day of show.