This year has been good to Seattle's Minus the Bear. Since Planet of Ice was released in August, the band has played over 50 shows in as many cities and was tagged "buzzworthy" by MTV. For once, MTV got it right. MtB's new album is an exquisite composition with technical, intricate guitar parts and vivid dynamics that ebb and flow between melodic indie sounds and droning stoner rock. See them while you can—they're disappearing to Europe for the remainder of the year. (Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave, 628-3151. 8 pm, $16 adv/$18 DOS, all ages.)

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