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Minus The Bear, Tim Casher 

When: Tue., Nov. 30, 8 p.m. 2010
Price: $20

Featuring former Botch guitarist Dave Knudson, Minus the Bear unsurprisingly favors jagged, interlaced guitars that ebb and flow. The songs' prickly complexity is balanced by a penchant for bright vocal melodies. Despite Jake Snider's sonorous croon and the ringing hooks, the dense art-rock guitar and shimmery veneer create a vague sense of remove and distance. Their latest, Omni, attempts to bridge that gap by turning up the synth from 2007's Planet of Ice several notches (eek!) and diving headlong into funk. Art-soul isn't any easier to pull off than it sounds (see jazz fusion), but whatever Omni's (manifold) inadequacies, Minus the Bear kicks ass. —Chris Parker

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