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Minus The Bear Mauls Crowd

Photographic Rendering by Evan Kalikow, OS Editor

No, they didn’t literally maul the crowd. But they sure did play some solid tunes! Last night, Minus The Bear played to a sold out crowd in State Theatre, offering shelter to people who wanted to go to a concert last night but didn’t like Puddle of Mudd for whatever reason.

Starting off the night was Maps and Atlases, a math rock quartet. I had seen these guys live a couple of years ago in Philly, so I had high expectations. Needless to say, they’ve still got it. They were tight, technical, and fun, never overstaying their welcome. What else could you want? Check this song out to get an idea of what Maps and Atlases is like.

Next was Phantogram, a male and female duo from upstate New York. Their music was quite different from Maps and Atlases, using lots of samples and loops and drum machines and the like. Very trip hop, sort of like Massive Attack. Since there were only 2 people in the group and the majority of their music was from samples or loops, it was difficult to be engrossed in their set in a concert setting. However, their music would be pretty sweet for a party or a movie soundtrack or something like that. Feel free to give them a listen.

Last up was the main attraction of the night, Minus The Bear. Unfortunately, cameras were not allowed in the venue, so I did my best to come close to a picture by drawing the band on stage using Microsoft Paint. If my masterpiece isn’t clear enough for you, picture Onward State writer Nick Johnson, Jesus, and Desmond, Charlie, and Boone from Lost started a band. But enough about their looks. Minus The Bear played a surprisingly diverse mix of old classics, hidden gems, and new songs from their upcoming album. They were incredibly tight, never missing a cue. I could listen to their sweet tapped guitar melodies all day long. And you can, too, if you check out their MySpace and listen to some songs!

‘Twas a great night indeed for music. These groups are some of the most creative, talented musicians out there these days, and I wish them continued success. Maybe you were there, too. Or perhaps you went to see Puddle of Mudd instead and you’re fuming with rage right now because I dissed your band. Either way, we’d love to hear about it!

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Evan Kalikow

Evan Kalikow co-founded Onward State in November 2008 with Davis Shaver and Eli Glazier. Having previously served as a Writer, Editor, Standards Editor, and Community Manager, Evan is now a proud alumnus of both Onward State and Penn State. He was also named "Person of the Year" by Time Magazine in 2006.

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