Friday Mar 24
Mainstage / Doors at 7:30
Over the course of their 15-year career, Minus the Bear have carved out their own unique musical world. This isn't to say they're impervious to outside influence. They've borrowed components from a wide swath of genres - the brainy clangor of New York's proto-punk scene, the cerebral buzz of IDM, the poptimist evaluation of hip-hop and R&B, and the grandiose visions of prog rock - but always managed to defy classification. On their sixth album VOIDS, Minus the Bear started with a blank slate, and inadvertently found themselves applying the same starting-from-scratch strategies that fueled their initial creative process. The resulting album retains many of the band's signature qualities - the hedonistic tales of nighttime escapism and candid vignettes of adulthood, the savvy up-tempo beats, the layered and nuanced instrumentation while simultaneously reminding us of the musical wanderlust that initially put them on the map.