Local Wire

Miniature Tigers

If you combined Elvis Costello's pop sensibility with the White Stripes' early, stripped-down sound and Weezer's geek chic, you'd have something like Los Angeles indie trio Miniature Tigers. Sans bassist, the group's songs tend to hang on the high end, but with all the colorful jangle and grit of garage rock. Miniature Tigers' latest studio effort, a pair of EPs titled Black Magic and White Magic (scheduled for release March 4 on Modern Art Records), shows the band's diversity, as they move from the raw dance rock on Black Magic to more ethereal, dreamy pop with keys and synths on White Magic. Both EPs contain the kind of catchy concoctions that've made the band buzz-worthy. Plus, all three of the guys in the band are relatively good-looking — and smooth, too, if lines like "I kissed you on the neck and you got wet" ("The Wolf") have any truth to them.
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
Contact: Niki D'Andrea