Minus The Bear


FILE UNDER: The Northwest comes of age

ROCKS LIKE: Death Cab For Cutie, Silversun Pickups, Patrick Stump

WHAT’S DIFFERENT: A return to the label that nurtured them and the addition of new drummer Kiefer Matthias find this venerable Seattle outfit both moving forward and stepping back, resulting in a propulsive, mature sound.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: A renewed sense of purpose exudes from every song, with the abundance of electronics playing nicely with their roiling guitar rock. Rich with emotion and earworm melodies, this is one of MTB’s strongest-ever statements.

OUR PICK: “Invisible”