7/6: mewithoutYou at the Grog Shop

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MewithoutYou’s sophomore album, 2004’s Catch for Us the Foxes, came as a blistering surprise. The band ditched its screamy hardcore roots in favor of a fractured, experimental sound that was equal parts Nation of Ulysses and Modest Mouse. Even more surprising was that this was just the start of the band’s metamorphosis. Brother, Sister from 2006 dabbled in spoken-word atmospherics and psychedelic-rock, while this year’s It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All a Dream! It’s Alright! is a mix of freak-folk and skewed pop that belies the band’s hippie dispositions. And while these chameleon-like changes are dramatic and sometimes confounding, mewithoutYou manage to sound fresh and in control on each release. The only constants over the band’s long career have been the vivid wordplay of frontman Aaron Weiss and the skilled musicianship of his bandmates. The result is a diverse group that actually benefits from its unpredictability. The Dear Hunter and Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground open at 7:30 pm at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216.321.5588). Tickets: $13 advance, $15 day of show. — Matt Whelihan

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