Bad Bad Hats

Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band from Minneapolis, MN. The band consists of Kerry Alexander, Chris Hoge, and Connor Davison. 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.

Alexander and Hoge met while attending Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2012, they formed Bad Bad Hats with friend and bassist Noah Boswell, and began performing around the Twin Cities. That same year, they were signed by Minneapolis label Afternoon Records. Their 2015 debut album Psychic Reader caught the attention of outlets including The New Yorker, NPR, Pitchfork, and Paste. Since the release of Psychic Reader, Bad Bad Hats has toured the U.S. extensively, supporting artists including Margaret Glaspy, Hippo Campus, and Third Eye Blind.

Lightning Round, the band’s second full-length album, finds Bad Bad Hats more confident and mature than ever. Producer and collaborator Brett Bullion (who also produced Psychic Reader) encouraged the group to record live in the studio, an approach which pushed the band outside of their comfort zone and lends many songs on the record a loose, organic feel. There is a vulnerability in this (fluttering tape loops, a few wrong notes) and it makes the music on the new album feel as honest and unpredictable as Alexander’s lyrics. In this spontaneous environment, Hoge, who is known to play every instrument in the band, delivers some of his most inspired musical performances yet.

As for Alexander, she’s still writing love songs, ones that recount with cinematic swell the subtle joy and pain of the everyday. Her vocals are supported by open, breathing arrangements that feature lush keyboard sounds and woody guitar tones. Davison was recruited to play drums on the album and became a full-time member in the process. His drumming and melodic contributions give the new songs a level of nuance not heard in previous releases.

Lightning Round marks the final release with contributions from original member Noah Boswell, who will be leaving the group this fall to pursue a master’s degree. Bad Bad Hats continues with Alexander, Hoge, and Davison. They have plans to tour the country this year.

Past Shows


Dec
21
st
2019
Mainroom
Dec
21
st
2019
Mainroom

Bad Bad Hats

with Ratboys and Last Import
Jan
18
th
2019
Mainroom
Jan
18
th
2019
Mainroom
Aug
18
th
2018
Mainroom
Aug
18
th
2018
Mainroom

Bad Bad Hats

with Scrunchies and Jessica Manning
Jul
7
th
2018
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES
Jul
7
th
2018
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES

Trampled by Turtles

with Bad Bad Hats, Charlie Parr, The Last Revel and more!
Dec
16
th
2017
7th St Entry
Dec
16
th
2017
7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats

with Jessica Manning
Dec
16
th
2017
7th St Entry
Dec
16
th
2017
7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats

with IDLE EMPRESS
Mar
4
th
2017
7th St Entry
Mar
4
th
2017
7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats

with Wingman
Mar
4
th
2017
7th St Entry
Mar
4
th
2017
7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats

with Wingman
Dec
6
th
2016
Mainroom
Dec
6
th
2016
Mainroom
Mar
18
th
2016
Midwest Day Party 2016 ft. NIGHT MOVES, WEBSTERX, BAD BAD HATS, HAR MAR SUPERSTAR, HOLIDAE (Are You Local? Winner), MY GOLD MASK, FEED THE DOG, THE BLIND SHAKE, ANNA VOGELZANG, ABSOLUTELY NOT, BRETT NEWSKI, and FEE LION
Mar
18
th
2016
Midwest Day Party 2016 ft. NIGHT MOVES, WEBSTERX, BAD BAD HATS, HAR MAR SUPERSTAR, HOLIDAE (Are You Local? Winner), MY GOLD MASK, FEED THE DOG, THE BLIND SHAKE, ANNA VOGELZANG, ABSOLUTELY NOT, BRETT NEWSKI, and FEE LION
Jan
27
th
2016
Turf Club
Jan
27
th
2016
Turf Club

Hey Marseilles

with Bad Bad Hats
Jan
22
nd
2016
Mainroom
Dec
5
th
2015
Turf Club
Dec
5
th
2015
Turf Club

Girl Germs and ANDREA SWENSSON (89.3 The Current)

with NONA MARIE, Mina Moore, Bad Bad Hats and more!
Nov
28
th
2015
Mainroom
Nov
28
th
2015
Mainroom

Hippo Campus

with Bad Bad Hats and Danger Ron & the Spins
Sep
18
th
2015
7th St Entry
Sep
18
th
2015
7th St Entry

The Mynabirds

with Bad Bad Hats and Good Night Gold Dust
May
27
th
2014
7th St Entry
May
27
th
2014
7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats and Good Graeff

with The Sudden Lovelys
Apr
20
th
2014
Turf Club
Apr
20
th
2014
Turf Club

Bad Bad Hats

with TURCHI and Naptaker
Feb
10
th
2014
7th St Entry
Feb
10
th
2014
7th St Entry

Communist Daughter

with Ginkgo and Bad Bad Hats
Oct
27
th
2013
Triple Rock Social Club
Oct
27
th
2013
Triple Rock Social Club

John Vanderslice

with Bad Bad Hats
Aug
7
th
2013
7th St Entry
Aug
7
th
2013
7th St Entry

So Many Dynamos

with Bad Bad Hats and Josh Anderson
Jun
16
th
2013
7th St Entry
Jun
16
th
2013
7th St Entry

Dent May

DENT MAY
with Dead Gaze and Bad Bad Hats

More Shows

Jul
3
rd
Target Center

Rage Against the Machine

with Run The Jewels
May
12
th
Turf Club

Damo Suzuki (of Can 1970-1973)

with ie
Feb
18
th
Fine Line

Pokey LaFarge

with Esther Rose
May
22
nd
7th St Entry
Sold Out

The Hold Steady