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BEST CONCERT OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS (LOCAL) Minneapolis 2007 - The Plastic Constellations and Tapes 'n Tapes at First Avenue

Some concerts are meant to be happenings, be they CD-release shows, multimedia blowouts, or even treasure hunts. Others become happenings. Call it kismet, call it savvy tour planning, but when Tapes 'n Tapes scheduled this co-headlining bill with the Plastic Constellations for July 22 last summer, they probably had no idea it would end up being just two days before their appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman and the worldwide release of The Loon on XL Recordings. Both bands had been touring almost nonstop for most of the year. So what would have been a stretch eight months earlier—two local indie bands splitting the spotlight at First Avenue—suddenly looked like an all-star lineup. The show sold out. STNNNG and Kill the Vultures warmed it up while the room gradually filled. Then, suddenly, everyone was going wild for a band that had played to a half-empty 7th St. Entry not four months before. Tapes delivered admirably, displaying their hard-won road chops, but it was the Plastic Constellations who burned down the house. It was more than just a show; it was the moment a Twin Cities band rose up and took flight. The proof? A high school-aged girl outside the club could be heard asking her friend, "Are Tapes 'n Tapes from here?"
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