Minus the Bear

Though they started life a decade ago as decidedly cheeky math-rock maestros, Seattle quintet Minus the Bear gradually shed their sophomoric sense of humor — no more song titles like "Thanks for the Killer Game of Crisco Twister" — and softened their sound. By 2010's Omni they had perhaps moved too far in the opposite direction, producing a dour synth-driven album met largely with indifference. This year's Infinity Overhead walks a welcome middle path, with frontman Jake Snider delivering a set of adult-themed relationship ruminations while the band rediscovers its love for razor-sharp guitar-tapping riffs and tricky time signatures. The end result is Minus the Bear's most satisfying effort since 2005's excellent Menos El Oso. With Cursive and Caspian. 18+, $22, 7:30 p.m. 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis; 612.604.0222.
Thu., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., 2012

 
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