Down The 5: mewithoutYou, Smidley at the Teragram Ballroom

Touring in support of their seventh studio album, [Untitled], the Philadelphia post-hardcore band mewithoutYou tore through a long and aggressive set at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on Monday night. Leading with the album’s scorched-earth opener (“9:27a.m., 7/29”), singer Aaron Weiss’ dropped straight into his frantic screaming style. Weiss rants like an novelist who knows he only has a few breaths left in a the midst of a minor-key panic. The crowd loved it. Arms up, singing along while a gentle mosh pit swayed beneath the band. Due to ignorance, I’d designated mewithoutYou as more melodic post-hardcore than Touche [...]

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Touché Amoré find hope in hopelessness at Slim’s

Touché Amoré photos by Nicole Browner All other photos by Ryan McDonald Los Angeles fivesome Touché Amoré led a grab bag lineup of emo and hardcore bands on Wednesday night at Slim's. The sold-out show was already crowded when Albany, NY's Drug Church took the stage to deliver an opening bout of aggressive post-hardcore riffs. Seahaven were the odd man out on the lineup — these four Southern California dudes play alt-rock that draws straight from '90s radio rock. Their style left half the audience furrowing their brows in confusion. Lead singer Kyle Soto looks a bit like a skinny, half-sized Channing [...]

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