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Minus the Bear: Ten Year Anniversary Tour

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With the cover art pattern used on their seminal debut LP, "Highly Refined Pirates," as their backdrop, and a light show on acid, Seattle’s Minus the Bear thrilled a packed house at Ace of Spades on Monday night.

Jake Snider of Minus the Bear performs at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA on November 7, 2011.

The band is wrapping up their 10 Year Anniversary Tour, celebrating a decade of music and performing “Pirates,” released in 2002, in its entirety.

The popular math-rockers put on a tremendous performance for a very jazzed audience. Featuring guitarist Dave Knudson’s signature complex finger-tapping guitar work – used on every song on “Pirates,” the band combined powerhouse indie band swagger with down-to-earth Northwestern charm.

Josh Staples of The Velvet Teen performs at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA on November 7, 2011.

Songs like "Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse" and "Thanks for the Killer Game of Crisco Twister," which sound good and maybe even a little quirky when recorded, gained heft and intensity when played live. During "’Absinthe," a flashing light sequence kicked in when the verses turned into the more up-tempo choruses. This complemented the music perfectly, although for much of the show, three thin light panels backlighting the band were a bit much and a bit distracting.

"We’ve been playing our first album across the country," said Snider. "This is the third to last show of the tour. It’s been a fucking awesome ten years and thank you Sacramento for being a part of it!"

Opening for Minus the Bear was Santa Rosa’s, The Velvet Teen.

Cory Murchy of Minus the Bear performs at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA on November 7, 2011.

Photos by Steven Chea

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