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Minus the Bear, Cursive

JAY HORTON
8 pm Friday, Nov. 16., Friday November 16 | $20 advance, $23 day of show.
Wonder Ballroom
128 NE Russell St.
 
[MUTEMATH ROCK] Bursting upon the muso-sphere as fully formed inverted icons from the moment of its full-length debut a decade past, Minus the Bear combined prog talents, pop affections, digital shadings and a genuine humor absent any hint of their forebears’ sloppy experimentation or aggressive navel-gazing. In their shambling way, the Seattle quintet effortlessly scrawled the post-grad thesis/immediate justification for ’90s college-rock excesses—tour mates Cursive, say, whose signal track off latest release I Am Gemini (a concept album about evil twins, natch) features lyrical allusions to past song titles set to jagged calliope riffage—but arrived too early at a sincere focus upon a whimsical craft. After an ill-advised electro romp, fifth full-length Infinity Overhead sees Minus the Bear reuniting with its longtime producer and further developing its signature sound, which somehow seems a surrender. 



Where: Wonder Ballroom
Phone: 284-8686
Address: 128 NE Russell St.

 
 

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell St.
Portland, OR
 
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