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Mini Mansions' Second Home



    Mini Mansions sure do like San Diego. The L.A. trio has visited our fair city at least three times in the last year or so, including a pair of awesomeshows at the Tin Can Alehouse and a high-profile gig opening up for the Kills last September.

    What with all those local appearances, you'd think the darkly melodic band would be sick of us by now, but, fortunately, that's not the case. In fact, Mini Mansions already miss us so much they're squeezing in one last San Diego show before year's end. On Dec. 29, they'll play their first-ever set at the Casbah, and the venue's gloomy intimacy should provide the perfect backdrop to the band's Beatles-go-to-hell aesthetic. They'll be joined at the show by fellow L.A. acts Deap Vally and Dark Thirty.

    Though first known as the side-project of Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman, Mini Mansions wasted no time stepping out of that band's shadow. Their self-titled 2010 album was a remarkable debut, filled with stormy guitars and thundering piano, and propelled by the group's welcome use of '60s-style harmonies.

    Tickets for the Dec. 29 show can be purchased here, so don't miss your chance to grab some. Though, if you do end up missing this show, chances are Mini Mansions will be back in town soon enough. And as long as they keep delivering such thrilling performances, they'll always be welcome.

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