Minus the Bear

House of Blues, Oct. 30

The first few songs warmed up the crowd for the surprise of the evening: Lead vocalist/guitarist Jake Snider announced that in, honor of 10 years as a band, they would be playing their first album, Highly Refined Pirates (2002), in its entirety. The crowd burst into a roar of delight, and Minus the Bear burst into “Thanks for the Killer Game of Crisco Twister.” The next 40 minutes were filled with the Seattle quintet’s classics, including a slightly remixed version of “I Lost All My Money at the Cock Fights.” After finishing Pirates, the band—which is known for ZZ Top-style guitar dips, rock god skills and psychedelic light shows—played “My Time,” a sexually charged tune from their newest album, Omni. The final song of the night was “Pachuca Sunrise,” and the fans were more than pleased as they sang along.

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