Concerts and Shows at The Magic Bag
Bad Bad Hats with Kiss The Tiger
Wednesday, August 10 - Doors 7pm - $17 adv./$20 dos.
COVID Protocols: The band encourages masks to be worn, but doesn't mandate it!
Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band consists of Kerry Alexander, Chris Hoge, and Connor Davison. Named for a trouble-making character from the Madeline children's books, Bad Bad Hats is defined by a balance of sweet and sour. Their music honors classic pop songwriting, with nods to nineties rock simplicity and pop-punk frivolity. Through it all, Alexander's unflinchingly sincere lyrics cut to the emotional heart of things.
Alexander and Hoge met while attending Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2012, they formed Bad Bad Hats with friend and bassist Noah Boswell, and began performing around the Twin Cities. That same year, they were signed by Minneapolis label Afternoon Records. Their 2015 debut album Psychic Reader caught the attention of outlets including The New Yorker, NPR, Pitchfork, and Paste. Since the release of Psychic Reader, Bad Bad Hats has toured the U.S. extensively, supporting artists including Margaret Glaspy, Hippo Campus, and Third Eye Blind.
Lightning Round, the band's second full-length album, finds Bad Bad Hats more confident and mature than ever. Producer and collaborator Brett Bullion (who also produced Psychic Reader) encouraged the group to record live in the studio, an approach which pushed the band outside of their comfort zone and lends many songs on the record a loose, organic feel. There is a vulnerability in this (fluttering tape loops, a few wrong notes) and it makes the music on the new album feel as honest and unpredictable as Alexander's lyrics. In this spontaneous environment, Hoge, who is known to play every instrument in the band, delivers some of his most inspired musical performances yet.
As for Alexander, she's still writing love songs, ones that recount with cinematic swell the subtle joy and pain of the everyday. Her vocals are supported by open, breathing arrangements that feature lush keyboard sounds and woody guitar tones. Davison was recruited to play drums on the album and became a full-time member in the process. His drumming and melodic contributions give the new songs a level of nuance not heard in previous releases.
Lightning Round marks the final release with contributions from original member Noah Boswell, who will be leaving the group this fall to pursue a master's degree. Bad Bad Hats continues with Alexander, Hoge, and Davison. They have plans to tour the country this year.
Kiss the Tiger pounced onto the Twin Cities' music scene in late-2016 and have been making big waves ever since. Inspired by the sounds and energy of The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, and Patti Smith, Kiss the Tiger has breathed new life into 21st century rock and roll. In February of 2017 Kiss the Tiger were the runner-up in the Star Tribune's "Are You Local?" Best New Band competition. Shortly after they recorded their EP, "Elliot Park" which was released in November of 2017. The music video for "Starting to See You" off of "Elliot Park" was named one of Minnesota's Best Music Videos Of 2018 by 89.3 The Current.
In 2019 Kiss the Tiger released their sophomore album "Let Me Bleed". They were recognized that year as a "Picked to Click" band by City Pages, an end-of-year round up of the best local bands voted on by their peers. That same year they headlined the Star Tribune stage at the Basilica Block Party, the largest outdoor musical festival in Minneapolis drawing around 25,000 attendees. The Current included their music video for "Bad Boy" off of "Let Me Bleed" in their Minnesota's Best Music Videos Of 2019.st
"Vicious Kid", released June 3rd, 2021, marks Kiss the Tiger's 3rd full-length LP, and 2nd full-length studio album. So far, it has received favorable attention locally and abroad. Star Tribune named "Vicious Kid" one of the Best Minnesota Albums of 2021 So Far. Their song "Hold On To Love" off of the new album was inducted into 89.3 The Current's Chart Show Hall of Fame on August 11th after spending 9 weeks at #1.
Kiss the Tiger has opened for notable acts such as Lake Street Dive, The Hold Steady, Bad Bad Hats, The Suburbs, Ike Reilly, Jackie Venson, and Black Joe Lewis.