Kiss the Tiger

At a time when the world seems intent on pushing us further inward and further apart, Kiss the Tiger are here to rattle our bones and bust us out of our cocoons with some good old-fashioned rock and roll.

Fronted by the magnetic and disarming Meghan Kreidler, who draws on her background in theater to break the fourth wall between audience and band with her righteous fist pumps and high kicks, this is a band that doesn’t just play. They combust. And watching them set the stage ablaze, it’s hard not to feel that tension that’s been built up in all of us these past few years slowly release, too, like a collective exhale set to ratcheting guitars, buoyant bass lines and Kreidler’s perfectly pitched screams. Theirs is a clean-burning fire. Hell, you might even call it healing.

“We want to give the audience an experience that is visceral and jolts them awake—creating community in that moment,” Kreidler notes. “I think that’s a really nice gift you can give people: Just let go.”

Over the past few years Kiss the Tiger have set the Twin Cities ablaze, and there’s nary a club, block party, park amphitheater or backyard that they haven’t transformed with their commanding live shows. And their rigorous performance schedule has paid off: The band has never sounded tighter or more certain of its mission. Kreidler is backed on stage by her longtime partner and creative foil, Michael Anderson, on rhythm guitar, plus lead guitarist Bridger Fruth, bassist Paul DeLong, and drummer Jay DeHut.

Their sets are often accompanied by sing-alongs to regional hits like the hard-knocking “Motel Room,” their ode to pandemic loneliness, “I Miss You,” or their pleading anthem “Hold On to Love,” all of which have become instantly recognizable to locals thanks to regular airplay on the tastemaking public radio station 89.3 The Current. (“Hold On to Love,” specifically, spent a whopping nine weeks at No. 1 on The Current’s Chart Show and was inducted into the Chart Show Hall of Fame.)

Their latest album, Vicious Kid, is a tour de force through the band’s increasingly sophisticated songwriting, which is handled jointly by Kreidler and Anderson. There are plenty of moments where they embody the spirit of late ‘70s new wave punk, like in the ridiculously fun “Who Does Her Hair?” But they have started weaving in softer textures, too, like the crooning and feminist alt-country ballad “Grown Ass Woman” or the skeletal and simmering “Out of My Mind.” Unsurprisingly, Vicious Kid was named one of the Best Minnesota Albums of 2021 by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and highlighted as their longtime critic Chris Riemenschneider’s personal favorite that year.

In addition to exploring a wider variety of sounds and genres, Vicious Kid also features some of Kiss the Tiger’s most thought-provoking lyrics to date. In “Grown Ass Woman,” Kreidler pleads, and then demands, that she be allowed to cut her own path in this world—a message that dovetails seamlessly with Kiss the Tiger’s approach to making music. “The angel of death wants me to draw another breath/But angel won’t you leave me alone,” she sings and sighs. “Even near the end not a foe or a friend/Is gonna tell me what to do.”

In addition to headlining their own barn-burning shows, Kiss the Tiger have also been tapped to open for prominent acts like Lake Street Dive, The Suburbs, Ike Reilly, Jackie Venson, Black Joe Lewis, and Daughtry. They have also brought their act on the road to open for Philly’s Low Cut Connie, Austin’s Emily Wolfe, and fellow Minneapolis indie favorites Bad Bad Hats. Given how quickly they’ve won over the Twin Cities, Kiss the Tiger are poised to roar into more markets soon. Their transcendent, heart-forward rock and roll is right on time.

[Andrea Swensson]

Past Shows


Feb
14
th
2024
Turf Club
Feb
14
th
2024
Turf Club
Oct
5
th
2023
Palace Theatre
Oct
5
th
2023
Palace Theatre

Sammy Rae & The Friends

with Kiss the Tiger
Mar
9
th
2023
First Avenue
Mar
9
th
2023
First Avenue

MN United Bangers-Only Ball

with Social Animals and Kiss the Tiger
Feb
14
th
2023
Turf Club
Feb
8
th
2023
First Avenue
Feb
8
th
2023
First Avenue

Ready or Hot

Rock, Runway, and Reproductive Rights
with Kiss the Tiger and DJ Jake Rudh
Apr
30
th
2022
7th St Entry
Apr
30
th
2022
7th St Entry

Kiss the Tiger

Late Show
with Erik Koskinen
Apr
30
th
2022
7th St Entry
Apr
30
th
2022
7th St Entry

Kiss the Tiger

Early Show
with RRA
Apr
2
nd
2022
First Avenue
Apr
2
nd
2022
First Avenue

Golden Smog

featuring Jeff Tweedy, Gary Louris, Dan Murphy, Kraig Johnson, Marc Perlman, and Jody Stephens
with Tina and the B-Sides and Kiss the Tiger
Jan
22
nd
2022
First Avenue
Jan
22
nd
2022
First Avenue

The Current's 17th Anniversary Party

featuring Low Cut Connie, Jade Bird (solo), Kiss the Tiger, and Miloe
Dec
5
th
2021
7th St Entry
Dec
5
th
2021
7th St Entry

Gully Boys

December Residency
with Kiss the Tiger, Sass and EVV
Nov
13
th
2021
First Avenue
Nov
13
th
2021
First Avenue

The Hold Steady

with Gully Boys and Kiss the Tiger
Jul
31
st
2021
7th St Entry
Jul
31
st
2021
7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats

Late Show (18+)
with Kiss the Tiger
Jul
31
st
2021
7th St Entry
Jul
31
st
2021
7th St Entry

Bad Bad Hats

Early Show (All Ages)
with Kiss the Tiger
May
20
th
2021
Livestream
May
20
th
2021
Livestream

Bright Night Virtual Benefit
with special performances from Amos Lee

Streamed Live from First Avenue
with Kiss the Tiger and Chastity Brown
Jul
25
th
2020
Turf Club
Jul
25
th
2020
Turf Club
Cancelled

Mattiel

with Kiss the Tiger
Apr
4
th
2020
Mainroom
Apr
4
th
2020
Mainroom
postponed

Golden Smog

with Tina and the B-Sides and Kiss the Tiger
Dec
14
th
2019
Turf Club
Sep
18
th
2019
Turf Club
Sep
18
th
2019
Turf Club

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Tell Em What Your Name Is! 10th Anniversary
with Kiss the Tiger and The Only James Taylor
Mar
21
st
2019
Turf Club
Mar
21
st
2019
Turf Club

Sam Cassidy

with Kiss the Tiger and Under Violet
Dec
31
st
2018
7th St Entry

More Shows

Jul
19
th
Fine Line

November Ultra

May
5
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

Cory Henry

May
10
th
Turf Club

METZ

with Gouge Away
Oct
2
nd
Fine Line

Yard Act