The 23rd installment of Picked to Click, or when the rappers took over
#6 (tie). Ginkgo: 44 points A Picked to Click honoree who's already "clicked" plenty, Ginkgo's Josh Grier rocked the likes of Letterman and Coachella with his blog-buzzed rock band Tapes 'n' Tapes during the late 2000s. That level of success typically leads to music-career tunnel vision, but appear ... More >>
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We've got a bunch of fantastic new videos in this week's installment of Local Frames, leading off with the provocative and playful new clip from Caroline Smith. This edition ... More >>
In some ways Josh Grier still doesn't know what hit him when Tapes 'n Tapes unexpectedly blew up seven years ago. On the strength of their ragged-but-right debut album, The Loon, they surged from little local band to toast of the blogosphere seemingly overnight. "We made a record in a friend's bas ... More >>
Art-A-Whirl, the yearly tradition of rotisserie music and art in northeast Minneapolis returns for the weekend of May 17-19. For the event, the 331 Club and its parking lot turn into a hub of live music for three days straight, and it's all free to those wise enough to get off their hind ends and in ... More >>
Back in 2005, when Tapes 'n Tapes released their celebrated debut album, The Loon, the emerging Minneapolis band brought the focus of the modern, blog-driven music world on the Twin Cities, a trend which certainly continues with the numerous break-out acts enjoying worldwide success today. Tapes hav ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessTapes 'n Tapes' Josh Grier never wanted to be your weekend lover.One of the surprises of the Current's 7th Birthday festivities at First Avenue this past weekend was undeniably Tapes 'n Tapes' climactic cover of Prince's epic hit "Purple Rain." Our Gimme Noise correspondent call ... More >>
Photos by Nick WosikaTapes 'n Tapes frontman Josh GrierWelcome to Rock the Garden 2011! There's a steady rain here right now, and all along the hillside in front of the stage there are brightly colored rain jackets and ponchos as far as the eye can see.Gimme Noise is set up in back of stage at th ... More >>
Photos by Nick WosikaTapes 'n Tapes February 25, 2011 First Avenue, Minneapolis The noise at First Avenue on Friday night was ramped up to surprising levels, and by the time hometown favorites Tapes 'n Tapes took the stage at 11:20 p.m., the crowd was more than ready.
Third album from the indie faves goes back to basics
Photos by Erik HessA Tribute to the Replacements' TimNovember 26, 2010First Avenue, MinneapolisReported with special help from Robyn LewisNow in its third installment, the Thanksgiving weekend tradition of reveling in the songs of the Replacements has grown into a gigantic local music event, the ... More >>
Like the Minnesota Vikings, the DFL, Autumnal beard-growth and cheap beer, the music of the Replacements is just another thing Twin Citians will never give up on. In fact, I can speak from experience about how their beer-soaked odes and observations provide solace and bittersweet inner-warmth ... More >>
Though Tapes 'n Tapes won't be releasing Outside until January, they'll be debuting their new material tonight at the Turf Club with a front-to-back performance of the new album. And that's not all -- for anyone who can't make the show in St. Paul, the band will be streaming their performance via ... More >>
No napkin requiredTapes n' Tapes singer Josh Grier is a guy after our own heart: He knows the exact number of steps between his home and his favorite bar, and when it came time to submit a photo, he offered to dig through his extensive stash of food-on-face pictures. Throw in addictions to su ... More >>
Tapes 'n Tapes had one last party to throw before heading into The Terrarium on Monday to begin working on their third LP.
Losses include the Suburbs' Bruce Allen, Dinkytowner, and Myth
Friday night was one for the history books.
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How an upstart record-review site won the animosity—and allegiance—of indie music scenesters and changed the rules for breakout bands. (Ask Tapes 'N Tapes.)
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Tapes N Tapes teach us to love the pop songs we refuse to take seriously