Minus the Bear, Cursive - Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale - October 22

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When Minus the Bear took the stage, they did so with a manner that let the crowd know they were ready to go and the room should follow suit. Kicking the set off with "Steel and Blood" from their latest release, Infinity Overhead, they got the testosterone flowing. But, despite the band being on tour in support of its latest album, they quickly sprinkled in a few older gems like "Throwing Shapes" and "The Game Needed Me". The highlight of the show -- in a visual sense -- was during "Absinthe Party..." in which the crowd made sure to display two proud fingers while belting out the lyrics "two star hotel."

Crowd participation was certainly the theme of the night. Whether it was enthusiastically clapping during the intro to a song or swaying hands in the air, there was certainly no shortage of energy inside the packed venue. Only a few rare moments existed in which the audience couldn't be heard singing along to each and every word that rolled off Jake Snider's lips.

Things took psychedelic acid trip turn during "Into the Mirror" when the band utilized white lights that appeared to be leading you down a k-hole to heaven. Between the massive light show and MTB's serious jam session-like breakdowns, it wouldn't come as a surprise if a large portion of last night's audience was on mushrooms.

While frontman Jake Snider remained close to his microphone throughout the night, guitarist Dave Knudson appeared to have enough energy for the entire band. He was easily the sweatiest member during the set, so much so that keyboardist Alex Rose was wiping him down with a towel throughout the night. How's that for love between band members? However, the most amusing stage presence award definitely belonged to bass player Cory Murchy who spent a large portion of the night dealing out thumbs up.

From the moment Minus the Bear took the stage, there was never a lull in the set or in the room's energy. It might have been the first show in quite some time that nobody was noticeably holding up a cellphone.

Critic's Notebook

The crowd: A lot of guys. Guys with beards. A guy with glow sticks braided into his dreadlocks.

Personal bias: Cursive gives me a lady boner.

Random detail: Minus the Bear Bass player Cory Murchy should grow his hair back out.

Random detail #2: Tim Kasher was definitely the most stalked musician in Fort Lauderdale last night. Folks swarmed him at the Poorhouse after the show.



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Revolution Live

100 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

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StephenF
StephenF

Had a feeling this would be a good show, and never even considered Kasher hanging out at the Poorhouse....... 

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