Bad Bad Hats • Kid Tigrrr

Bad Bad Hats

Kid Tigrrr

Beachland Tavern
All Ages
Bad Bad Hats perform at Beachland Tavern with Kid Tigrrr.

Bad Bad Hats

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.


Kid Tigrrr

Fournier, known for fronting the shoegazey rock band NIIGHTS, describes KID TIGRRR as a more personal outlet for lyrics, story-telling, and sound experimentation, involving electric guitar, a looper, and multiple fx pedals to create layers of guitar textures and melodies. She refers to these as ‘sad little fairy songs,’ citing Grouper, The Cure, CocoRosie, Sigur Rós, Johanna Newsom, Grimes, Slowdive, MBV, and Múm as a few influences and inspirations. Fournier released her debut solo EP, The Little Dreamer, exclusively in Japan in conjunction with a 2017 International tour, and has plans to record a full solo album following up NIIGHTS 2019 sophomore release, Hellebores.

Fournier is also a visual artist and incorporates her whimsical work into both musical projects. She has exhibited her paintings in galleries in Cleveland, Las Vegas, and Nashville, and experiments with animation and video production.


Venue Information:
Beachland Tavern
15711 Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH, 44110