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Bad Bad Hats

I think it’s a bit of a cliché now that most musicians grew up in a musical household. And it was the same for me. When I was growing up, music took on many different roles for my family. It was background music when my parents were making dinner. It set the mood at parties they threw. We’d all dance and sing to certain songs in the living room. But I quickly learned that music could also be for moments of contemplation. When everyone else went to bed, my dad would often stay downstairs and listen to some of his favorite songs. My father died when I was 16. And many of those songs that he enjoyed in moments of solitude played a role in our memorial service for him. I didn’t grow up in a religious family, but there is a sort of spirituality I feel when I listen to those songs, like a channel that connects me to my dad. Music is really magical in that way.

Favorite Record Store

Electric Fetus (Minneapolis)
Flashlight Vinyl (Minneapolis)
Total Drag (Sioux Falls)
Rough Trade (New York, also a great venue!)

Favorite Concert Venue

First Avenue (Minneapolis)
The Sinclair (Boston)
Mississippi Studios (Portland)

Bad Bad Hats
Minneapolis, MN

Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Named for a trouble-making character from the Madeline children’s books, Bad Bad Hats is defined by a balance of sweet and sour. Their music honors classic pop songwriting, with nods to nineties rock simplicity and pop-punk frivolity. Through it all, Alexander’s unflinchingly sincere lyrics cut to the emotional heart of things.