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Mini Mansions Get Big

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LA's Mini Mansions, the side project of Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman, will play the Tin Can Alehouse on Nov. 29.

The trio released its self-titled debut earlier this month on QOTSA frontman Joshua Homme's Rekords Rekords label, and it's truly a stunning piece of work. The record fuses elements of Grizzly Bear's psych-pop with Mike Patton's sinister, cinematic tones, resulting in one of the year's strongest and strangest releases.

With its stormy guitars and thundering piano, the album is a tempestuous affair, but also a relentlessly poppy one. The darkness is constantly tempered by Mini Mansion's sunny vocals, and the resulting tension is as captivating on the 20th listen as it is on the first. Fans of the Beatles, in particular, will find much to love in the band's lush harmonies and elegant hooks.

Mini Mansions have, until now, flown under the radar, but it's only a matter of time before people catch on. Until that happens, we can savor the opportunity to experience them in an intimate setting like the Tin Can. And just in case the Tin Can isn't intimate enough for you, the band will also be doing a free in-store performance at M-Theory Records in Mission Hills earlier that evening. For a taste of what to expect from the shows, check out the bizarre, nightmarish video for "Kiddie Hypnogogia" below:

Chris Maroulakos is a writer and managing editor for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.

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