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"Minipop delivers the Maximum at Spaceland"

Maybe it's just residual bliss, but
Minipop's set Sunday night at Spaceland
echoes off the cobwebbed recesses of my
brain this morning like the delay on singer
Tricia Kanne's vocals.
The San Francisco quartet, which
released its debut album "A New Hope"
(Take Root Records) last week, was
opening for local shoegazers
Eskimohunter and indie heroes Cursive.
But it was as good a 9 o'clock set as you'll
see at the Silver Lake club, the two-
woman, two-man ensemble layering thick
bass, driving guitars and keening synths
as a foundation for Kanne's celestial
vocals. It was gorgeous stuff; U.K. dream-
pop bands from the '90s and before, such
as Lush, Heavenly and the Darling Buds,
particularly this song, come to mind.
Yes, it's a sound many have tried, but
Minipop makes it work with savvy pop
songwriting and onstage confidence (many a purveyor of this kind of music comes off
precious), and on "A New Hope" Minipop's dream-pop sounds as fresh as ever thanks to
the production work of Chris Manning (once a member of Jellyfish).
The band has no further L.A. dates planned until the new year.
By Kevin Bronson - LA Times

"Minipop @ Spaceland"

Cursive headlined this show. I just had too much to say about Minipop so the Cursive show review will be coming, shortly.

Live shows should always be more telling than an album. With Minipop's self-titled album in it's week old infancy, I wouldn't have been surprised
at all if they weren't as good as their record - it's that good. Gladly, this was not the case. Tricia's voice was even more maddeningly beautiful
live than on the album - is that possible?

I have lamely missed so many female fronted bands play live over the years like The Sundays and The Cranberries. I feel lucky though,
because after seeing Minipop, I don't feel so bad about missing those bands because watching them might possibly have been better because
there weren't 5,000 fans and a barricaded six-foot high stage surrounded by muscles that you couldn't even get close enough to snap a photo -
this surely would be the case at a Sundays or Cranberries show. Instead the band played only feet from me, performing flawlessly as one
cohesive movement. I am sure this won't be the case as their music spreads across the country and into our awaiting brains.

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"San Franciscans Unite!"

My Music
Million Girl March: From dream pop to
couch cozy alt. rock, San Francisco's
Minipop delivers a supercharged debut
on A New Hope (Take Root Records).
Minipop members Tricia Kanne
(vocals/guitar), Lauren Grubb (drums),
Matthew Swanson (guitar/keyboard) and
Nick Forte (bass) look too young to
recall the great shoegazer bands of the
‘90s but they certainly revive a similar
stained glass, daydream nation spirit.
Recalling the bent tremolo majesty of Swervedriver, Lush, Slowdive and, of
course, My Bloody Valentine (whose forthcoming reunion album has been loosely
confirmed by, Minipop exudes lushly layered, unemotionally
seamless vocal harmonies, skyscraping guitars and tightly controlled beats. Dab in
drops of echo and refracting reverb and you have music for sun showered drives
along a deserted coastal highway.
Tricia Kanne sings like a million girl groups sampled for contemporary living, her
vocals in lovely tracks like "Precious," "Fingerprints" and "Ask Me A Question"
rising and falling like sugar filled ocean waves. Minipop's muse is so simple yet so
spot-on perfect, you wonder why more bands haven't attempted their galvanic
guitar and vocal rush confection. The rub lies in Minipop's equally hard nosed take
on instrumental power pop riffage. The band soars effortlessly over clouds of
shimmering vocal halos, but they can also dropkick your mother into next week
when the mood hits them. "Generator" and "Like I Do" drive hard courtesy Grubb's
atmospherically pointed drum beats, her fat tom textures and mushroom cloud ride
cymbal patterns establishing Minipop's lush, multi-tiered rhythmic carpet.
by Ken Micallef

- Yahoo Music

"The 10 bands you HAVE to see at SXSW!"

The 10 bands you HAVE to see at SXSW!
By TODDC2001 | Published: MARCH 17, 2009

After reviewing the entire 1000+ songs on the SXSW torrent, reading, listening and watching videos. This our list of the 10 bands you must see while at SXSW. If you’re not at SXSW, these are the bands that you should be rushing out to see.

Our criteria: 1) Not a one-hit wonder. They’ve got a 30 to 45 minute set at their disposal that’ll blow you away.

2) Great live band. Either we’ve seen them personally or the weight of public opinion merits seeing this band live. Their show at SXSW is going to be an “event”.

3) They’re on the cusp of something bigger. This may be the last time you can see them in a smaller venue.

In no particular order:
An Horse
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Duke Spirit
White Lies
The Soft Pack
Ida Maria
The Living Things
Division of Laura Lee

No videos this time. We’ve done oodles of videos on each of these bands. Time to get out there and see ‘em folks! -


Skylike EP
Precious EP
A New Hope - LP



Our music is rooted in the early 90's alternative shoegazer scene. Influences include Mazzy Star, The Cardigans, Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd and Built to Spill. We have a killer female drummer and an ethereal female vocalist/guitarist. We were born from a reconnection of lost friends and through years of touring have evolved to our current state of sound.