Now Hear This!: Miniature Tigers at the Firebird

| Staff Writer

Who Flashlights, Total Slackers, Miniature Tigers

where The Firebird (2706 Olive St.)

when Monday, March 24.

Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

price $10, with a $2 surcharge for minors

The first day of spring was this past Thursday, yet the weather still feels it has the right to curse St. Louis with chilly temperatures. If you’re looking for a way to warm up and embrace the happiness of spring, a show at the Firebird might be the cure for these wintertime blues.

This Monday’s show features electropop band Miniature Tigers along with two openers. Miniature Tigers are a Brooklyn-based quartet who got their start on long-forgotten website Myspace. They have a unique sound, mixing the cheekiness of Hellogoodbye and Say Anything with quality MGMT-style production. Their latest album will be released later this spring, but they have a stellar discography to pull songs for their set from. I’m hoping they play 2012 song “Sex on the Regular,” a clever and brash bop that features the lyric, “Every time we touch…/ It feels like I’m losing my virginity.” Their music is undeniably fun and danceable as well, so this should make for an awesome live show.

The first opener is Flashlights, a pop-punk band out of Florida. Their sound is reminiscent of Californian beach bands like Best Coast or Wavves, but their lyrics are much more quotable, like the refrain “Most of the time I feel like I’m no one” from their song “Don’t Take Me Seriously.” They should provide a rollicking start to the show.

After that, Total Slacker will take the stage. Like the band it opens for, Total Slacker is from Brooklyn, and much like the band it follows, it has that sweet and summery beach-band sound, with a bit more edge to their guitars. For a good sample of a typical Total Slacker song, check out “Psychic Mesa.”

Doors open for this trio of upbeat bands at 7:30 p.m. at the Firebird. Tickets are $10, with a $2 surcharge for minors.

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