Miniature Tigers gave the early-rising Lolla crowd a much-needed dose of sunshine during its 11:30 a.m. set on the Playstation stage, though if you think of this Phoenix, Arizona, act as just playing lighthearted pop, you should listen closer to the dark (and, yes, often humorous) lyrics. Opener "Mansion of Misery" found lead singer Charlie Brand lamenting being "stuck in this negative vibe / I can't seem to find the way outside / I can't find a way to unwind." On "Lolita," he sounded like an angsty teen pining for the untouchable girl next door.
There was plenty of fun, too, as on crowd favorites like "Cannibal Queen" and "Rock & Roll Mountain Troll." Brand encouraged the largely young, and surprisingly energetic, crowd, asking them at various times to clap along and try their feet at Native American interpretive dancing (during the Rick Schaier-sung "Coyote"). The Tigers played around, too, with a decent amount of instrument-swapping going on throughout the set between Shaier (drums, keyboard, guitar) and Algernon Quashie (the same trio). Despite the persistent rain, this tempo-changing set proved to be an uplifting start to the final day of Lollapalooza.