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Concert of the day: mewithoutYou at the State Theatre




Fans of mewithoutYou will want to high-tail it to the State Theatre on Thursday to catch what could be the band‚Äôs last concert in Tampa Bay.

No, the indie rockers don’t have any immediate plans to disband. But if vocalist Aaron Weiss has his way, he won’t be fronting the Philadelphia foursome much longer. After nine years and four albums, Weiss says he’s become jaded by stardom.

"We started eight or nine years ago," said Weiss. "At the time it was very exciting. You get attention, and it‚Äôs fun to be with your friends, to travel and  people know you‚Äôre talented. You feel good. You meet girls, that kind of thing. ... How long is that going to satisfy you? I haven‚Äôt met any young ladies really through the band. And I can definitely see from experience that having people compliment you or want an autograph, that kind of thing has no value. God is the judge. So what people say about you, what does it matter?"

MewithoutYou devotees shouldn’t be surprised by Weiss’ quest for a more meaningful existence. He’s a Christian and a freegan, which means he eats food he finds in Dumpsters behind grocery stores. The band’s name and angst-riddled lyrics refer to how futile life is without God. Spiritual allusions pepper their discography.

MewithoutYou plays with the Dear Hunter at 7 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets are $14-$16. To read more of Dalia Colon's interview with Aaron Weiss, click here. And click here to listen to an mp3 of the band's The Fox, the Crow and the Cookie.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 11, 2009 6:00am]


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