Posted in music | pictures on February 5, 2011

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Tapes N Tapes

"In the music industry, buzz can feel like an unseasonably warm stretch in the dead of winter. It's nice while it lasts, but it never does. The buzz dispensers quickly tire of this week/day/moment's object of adoration and soon move on, and the aftermath can be unpleasant.

Consider Tapes 'n Tapes, who first gained notice when 2006's self-released album "The Loon" turned the Minneapolis quartet into blogosphere darlings. But that quickly faded, and each subsequent Tapes 'n Tapes album has picked up worse reviews than the one before. You can trace the devolution of their critical reputation in hipster circles through the influential website pitchfork.com, which awarded "The Loon" an 8.3 (out of 10) rave. But 2008's "Walk It Off" dropped them all the way to a 5.9 rating, and their current album "Outside" (Ibid Records) just picked up a wince-inducing 5.5.

Alas, slings and arrows are part of the gig.

"I don't think there's much value you can put into reviews because they're just somebody's opinion, and we realize that," says Tapes 'n Tapes frontman Josh Grier over the phone from Minneapolis. "I mean, we all love our music and everybody is entitled to their own opinion. Reading too much into that would be a recipe for disaster - make you into a head case trying to cater to someone else. We make the music we want to make. if somebody else doesn't like it, well, we can't let that affect the music we make in the future."

Undeserved opprobrium aside, "Outside" is an immensely likable record that wears well, setting Grier's nervous yelp to elastic, skittery grooves with hooks sharp enough to stick. It's a less-self-conscious take on Vampire Weekend's worldly underground rock, with a vibe recalling prime Talking Heads." [Newobserver.com]

The ex-buzzy Tapes 'n Tapes were joined by the currently-buzzy Oberhofer (their tour-mates) and the ladies (and men) of Xylos (who play Cameo on 2/11) at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night. More pictures from the sold out show (including some backstage shots and one of T'nT's setlist), with an MPLS.TV video and the rest of their tour dates, below...

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City of Music: Tapes 'n Tapes from MPLS.TV on Vimeo.

Tapes n Tapes - 2011 Tour Dates
2-05 PHILADELPHIA, PA - Johnny Brenda's
2-07 WASHINGTON, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
2-08 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Jefferson Theater
2-09 ASHEVILLE, NC - Grey Eagle
2-10 CARRBORO, NC - Cat's Cradle
2-11 ATLANTA, GA - The Earl
2-12 NASHVILLE, TN - Mercy Lounge
2-14 BIRMINGHAM, AL - Bottletree
2-15 HATTIESBURG, MS - Thirsty Hippo
2-17 HOUSTON, TX - Fitzgerald's
2-18 AUSTIN, TX - Emo's
2-19 DALLAS, TX - The Loft
2-21 LITTLE ROCK, AR - Sticky Fingers
2-22 NORMAN, OK - Opolis
2-23 COLUMBIA, MO - Mojo's
2-24 OMAHA, NE - Waiting Room
2-25 MINNEAPOLIS, MN - First Avenue
3-04 LAWRENCE, KS - Jackpot
3-05 BOULDER, CO - Fox Theater
3-08 SEATTLE, WA - Crocodile Café
3-09 PORTLAND, OR - Doug Fir
3-11 SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Bottom of the Hill
3-12 LOS ANGELES, CA - Troubadour
3-14 VISALIA, CA - Cellar Door
3-15 COSTA MESA, CA - Detroit Bar
3-16 SAN DIEGO, CA - Casbah

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Comments (13)

tapes straight KILLED it!! amazing show! openers were really good too.

Posted by sammy | February 5, 2011 7:46 PM

Are tapes n tapes capable of "killing it"?

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2011 7:53 PM

sort of feel bad for these dudes

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2011 7:55 PM

tapes n tapes drummer is still pretty hot at least

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2011 9:08 PM

when did spider mam/tobey maguire join tapes 'n tapes?

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2011 11:04 PM

Dont feel bad for them, just buy their tapes.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2011 1:06 AM

$2500 guitars & $0.99 songs. Tecate's all 'round.

Posted by B.Denver | February 6, 2011 3:48 AM

^^ awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2011 7:29 AM

^^ 2nded

Posted by Dan K. | February 6, 2011 10:39 PM

Keyboard player for Xylos Yikes! Hawt! Also Oberhofer is not a very rock n roll band name. It just isn't.

Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2011 11:32 PM

Tapes 'n Tapes killed it on Friday night. They were awesome....I don't think there were many people there who didn't dig their set. I think these bloggers trashing them are just doing it for sport or just don't have my taste. Because I see them giving love to mediocre stuff all of the time. The new Tapes record is really good and they are monsters live. Better than they ever were.

Posted by Matt Bialer | February 7, 2011 1:08 PM

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