Minus the Bear 

Seattle's Minus the Bear is a band that sneaks up on you. The name is a bit twee and sounds like a character in a kid's picture primer about multiplication. But avoid the pitfalls of being the kind of person who judges bands by their names as well as being a person who misses out on the Minus.

MTB's 2007 Planet of Ice is a Mutemath-y fantasy trip into proggy indie rock Narnia. Wondrously experimental, Planet of Ice, like all of MTB's albums, is full of surprises from song to song, chord to chord and even note to note. Songs glisten and shine as psychedelic jams are wrapped in keyboard clouds that bounce across echo-y, distorted guitar. MTB's brand new single, "Into the Mirror," illustrates the band's growth musically and lyrically and exemplifies their willingness to wander in different sonic directions. If you'll just take their hand, they'll take you on a journey to interesting, beautiful, well-crafted dark pop.

With As Tall As Lions and Meese, Saturday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $16, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.

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