Minus the Bear to take Houston to alternative rock school
Seattle's Minus the Bear is not a band you pine to see live because you want to rock out. They are alt-rock equivalent of the college class you take simply because you're fascinated by the subject matter or a study group or office get-together you never miss because you have a crush on another attendee.
In other words Minus the Bear is music that makes you expand your mind, not bang your head.
Past bands who have tried this with great success in the modern rock realm are Sigur Ros and Radiohead. Most others burn out into obscurity long before we get to know their names, but Minus the Bear might be America's greatest new contribution to this modern rock think tank.
The bands mix of amplified strings and wall of keyboards — all layered together in often non-traditional beat patterns — started getting more national notice three years ago with the album Planet of Ice. This year's new disc, Omni, has continued the upward climb with songs like "My Time" and "Into the Mirror," helping it scale into the Top 10 on the indie and alternative rock charts and as high as No. 49 on the more mainstream Billboard 200.
Not a bad showing for art rock at all.
Minus the Bear, 7 p.m. at House of Blues