Miniature Tigers 

Whatever people may think about metal, the one thing that can't be denied is that metal bands know how to name things. Between the grotesque imagery and use of mythological symbolism, metal consistently produces names of both bands and songs that pique a listener's interest, even if they aren't a fan of the style. How can you not be curious what a band called Cryptic Slaughter has to say?

Brooklyn's Miniature Tigers aren't remotely metal in sound, but with songs like "Cannibal Queen," "Gold Skull" and "Tell it to the Volcano," they clearly understand what metal is doing in the name department. And while some might write it off as a gimmick, it's too late 'cause it worked. Once you've listened to the pleasant electronic pop of "Bullfighter Jacket," the raw garage tones of "Black Magic" and the foot-stomping back beat of "Dino Damage," you're hooked.

That's why the band was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the 25 best bands on MySpace--which is pretty much every band living or dead at this point--and by Spin as one of the nine best new acts at CMJ 2008. Miniature Tigers will be stopping by Boise to play at Neurolux on Friday, Nov. 26. And if their naming strategy is any indication, they'll be more than glad to see you hoist a zippo in the air when they slow things down a bit, perhaps with their acoustic ballad "Viking Hearts."

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