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Minus the Bear were worth the wait at Underground Arts

Minus The Bear | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
Minus The Bear | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

There is always magic to be found in seeing a band you love in a smaller, more intimate setting, especially if they’ve spent a few years filling larger clubs (or maybe even stadiums).  There is nothing to throw a wrench in to the experience quite like waiting around in a (seemingly) overpacked, poorly ventilated basement.  I love Minus The Bear, and I love Underground Arts, but when the two met a couple Saturdays ago, it almost got ridiculous. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Young Statues, Minus the Bear and more…

Young Statues
Young Statues | photo by Shervin Lainez

The Key’s special feature Unlocked made a return this week with locals Young Statues and their new record The Flatlands are Your Friend.  You can get the full scoop on the Jersey natives’ record with an full interview, review and the premiere of an in-studio documentary here.  Download “Got the Knife” for free here, courtesy of Run For Cover Records.

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Free download: 5 songs by Minus The Bear

Minus The Bear | Photo by Ryan Russell
Minus The Bear | Photo by Ryan Russell

Minus The Bear recently released a new album, Lost Loves, on Dangerbird Records. The album follows their 2012 release Infinity Overhead, and 2013’s Acoustics II. Formed in 2001, Minus The Bear includes Dave Knudson (guitar), Jake Snider (vocals, guitar), Erin Tate (drums), Cory Murchy (bass), and Alex Rose (synths, vocals). The Seattle band released their debut EP in 2001, followed by their debut album, Highly Refined Pirates, in 2002. Since then, the band has continued to evolve their sound, and on their new album, Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aspiga at Kung Fu Necktie, Minus the Bear at the Electric Factory, Our Griffins / Rosu Lup at North Star Bar

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
New Jersey punk outfit Aspiga will play at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The band released their split 7 inch record Aspiga/Among Giants back in July. Stream the record below and revisit their performance from our Key Studio Sessions here. Tickets are available at the door for $8.

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Just Announced: Minus the Bear to Play Electric Factory 10/26

Minus The Bear

Seattle indie rockers Minus the Bear have released their tour dates and are set to play the Electric Factory on Saturday, October 26th. The experimental rock outfit released their last LP Infinity Overhead last year – below, watch the quirky, animated music video for their song “Listing.” According to Billboard, the band is planning on putting out an acoustic album of both new and older, reworked material called Acoustics II. Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday, July 13th. Minus the Bear will be joined on tour by INVSN (featuring Dennis Lyxzén of Refused and The (International) Noise Conspiracy) and Slow Bird.

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My Morning Download: “Empty Party Rooms” by Minus The Bear (from a limited time only collection of World Cafe downloads)

mtb_img02_hires Minus The Bear visited World Cafe with David Dye last December to perform songs from their album, Infinity Overhead. Below, download a stripped down version of “Empty Party Rooms.” You can listen to the entire interview and performance here.

This month (and this month only) World Cafe is offering free downloads of performances from bands including Calexico, Lord Huron, the Afghan Whigs, Alt-J, John Fullbright, Freelance Whales, Stars, Nick Waterhouse, Allen Stone, The Kopecky Family Band, Sea Wolf, Trey Anastasio and others. Download the entire collection, while they last until March 1st, here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Minus the Bear at Electric Factory, Mark Kozelek at First Unitarian Church Sanctuary, Chill Moody at Love Park, BITBY One Year Anniversary at Johnny Brenda’s, John Lee Hooker, Jr. at Warmdaddy’s

XPN Welcomes Seattle indie rockers Minus the Bear to the Electric Factory tonight. In August the band released its fifth studio album, Infinity Overhead,  to praise from critics who have said it has been “not so much transforming their sound as transcending it” (The Village Voice). Minus the Bear will be playing tonight with Cursive and Caspian. The all-ages show begins at 8:30 and more information about the show can be found here. Watch Minus the Bear’s new video for “Steel and Blood” below.

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Just Announced: Minus the Bear playing the Electric Factory on September 28th

Returning to Philadelphia to a venue they have grown to know well, the electronic indie rock group Minus the Bear play the Electric Factory on September 28th. The group is releasing their fifth studio album, Infinity Overhead on August 28th. It was produced by former member of the group, Matt Bayles. Tickets to the all ages show go on sale this Saturday, July 21st. Below, check out a video filmed during the recording process of Infinity Overhead.