Pop + edge = Minus the Bear
Minus the Bear’s textured, tempestuous pop is as deceptive as it is terminally catchy.
On one level, the band’s well-manicured tunes fly by on quicksilver melodies and winsome hooks, but beneath all of the come-hither harmonies are surprisingly elaborate arrangements and some knotty six-string acrobatics that lend to a progressive edge to this Seattle bunch. Seriously, these dudes could kick your butt at “Guitar Hero.”
See the band at 7:30 p.m. at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $19; call 632-7600.
— JASON BRACELIN