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Minipop

SXSW '08 Pick! Sweet dreams are made of this outfit's hardly diminutive, starry-eyed indie pop.

Melissa Goldstein // March 6, 2008

What’s the Deal? This San Francisco quartet is like that girl in your romantic poetry class who, it seemed, only cared about doodling twisty, vine-y things in her notebook, but was secretly nabbing straight-A’s. On their 2007 debut album, A New Hope, Minipop occasionally get their daydream on with giddy fare like “Butterflies,” but also deliver methodical, echoing, swoon-worthy numbers that display their brainiac tendencies.Backing for Tricia Kanne’s sweet, Eisley-esque vocals arrives in a wide range of forms, from latter-day Smashing Pumpkins surge to edgy Metric pulsations to slickly produced balladry.

Who? Minipop includes Kanne, guitarist/keyboardist Matthew Swanson, drummer Lauren Grubb, and bassist Nick Forte. The SXSW performers will be showing their civic pride at two Bay Area-exported showcases in Austin: the Little Radio/Noise Pop Party at Red Eyed Fly on March 13(12:50 P.M.) and the SFxSXSW party at Bourbon Rocks on March 15 (1 A.M.).

Fun fact: Guitarist Matt Swanson first met Tricia Kanne when he coached her high school water polo team, but they didn’t hook up again until a chance encounter at a San Francisco rock show five years later.

Now Hear This:
Minipop, “Like I Do” DOWNLOAD MP3