Music Scene

Minus the Bear

For the past decade, the Seattle-based experimental rock quintet Minus the Bear has stood as somewhat of a symbol of progression for the iconic Northwest underground scene, a tightly woven music community that is best known for inadvertently launching a musical revolution two decades ago.

The band formed out of several indie and hard-core bands, each with significant success in the subterranean sounds of Seattle, and premiered as a major player along the influential West Coast rock scene. The group managed to merge its city’s grungy past with the post-hard-core and math rock future of an evolving modern-age.

The band has released five albums to date; the latest, “Infinity Overhead,” debuted last year and peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard Top 200, the highest chart position thus far for the group.

Minus the Bear will take part in a special performance Sunday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Circa Survive sponsored by Jagermeister and All-In Entertainment. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with ages 16 and up welcome. Tickets are $23 in advance, $25 the day of the show.

Call 577-6969 or go to for more information.

A band surviving the cruel, unforgiving music biz machine for more than a few years is a feat in itself, but to survive for two decades is relatively unheard of.

Donna the Buffalo is one of those mythical survivors. A band that has flown under the radar as well as above it, one that exists as much as a storied ghost as it does an accessible legend.

The original band formed nearly 20 years ago and has since sold more than 100,000 albums, played close to 100 shows per year, and released record after record of their folk blend of zydeco, rock and country.

Over the years, the band has earned a cultlike devotion from its fans, which has carried them to such great heights as opening for the Grateful Dead at Alpine Valley in 2002.

Donna the Buffalo will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 the day of the show and are available at or at the door.

Call 571-4343 or go to for more information.

It’s painful, but you would never really know it when you hear it. In fact, there’s something very primal and afflicted yet still happy in a psychotic, cackling kind of way.

Perhaps that’s the best way to describe The Royal Tinfoil’s music is madly upbeat, but even that seems cliche.

The Charleston-based group formed nearly four years ago and quickly has made its presence known in the local music scene through self-promotion and rigorous performing. The band’s music is an assortment of folk, gypsy-punk and blues that rolls off the tongue as easily as it trembles down your spine.

That certain maniacal spirit brings the bluesy ghosts and mystery of the band’s style and lyrics to life without sounding too contrived or conceited.

The Royal Tinfoil will perform Friday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., with Say Brother. Tickets are $6 at the door, which opens at 9 p.m.

Call 886-8596 or go to for more information.