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 >>
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 >>
Mid West Music Festival Day OneFeaturing Tapes 'n Tapes, Cory Chisel, and Zoo Animal Winona, MNThursday, April 19, 2012Rain and plummeting temperatures greeted music fans in Winona who were gathering for the third annual Mid West Music Fest on Thursday evening. And while the lousy weather conditio ... More >>
The Current's 7th birthday partyWith Tapes 'n Tapes, Dead Man Winter, Low, and Night MovesFirst Avenue, MinneapolisFriday, January 27, 2012View a slideshow from the concert here and check out coverage of night two here.The seven-year love affair between Twin Cities music fans and the Current was ... 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 >>
Not only does the Current regularly spin some of the best music on the national airwaves, but they clearly know how to throw one hell of a party. As the station gets ready to celebrate their 7th Birthday, they have upped the ante quite a bit for their annual soiree. This time, they will be taking ... More >>
Illustration by Johnnie CluneyCreepiest rendering of Mason Jennings ever?"We have made it people, we have finally made it." Recent Picked to Click champs the Cloak Ox were the latest in a long string of Twin Cities acts to proudly announce that they'd recorded a session with Illinois-based record ... More >>
Tapes 'n Tapes are hitting the road next week for a month-long tour that will find them circling the U.S. with buzzy U.K. blog darlings (and Twin Cities natives) Howler. Rather than throwing a tour kick-off show in Minneapolis, the bands will treat Twin Cities audiences to what should be some tig ... 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 >>
While it seems like tempting fate to already start looking forward to the tail end of summer, the Minnesota State Fair free stage lineups should help us ease our way into the beginning of September. On the lineup this year are early-'80s Prince cohorts Morris Day and the Time, Johnny Cash's longt ... More >>
Daytrotter is all up in the Twin Cities scene again. Just yesterday we saw Gabe Douglas of the 4onthefloor tweeting that his band was down at the Daytrotter studios in Rock Island, Illinois recording a session, and today the site posted a three-track performance by revolving electromanipulators M ... More >>
Photo by Nick WosikaTapes 'n Tapes headline the Gimme Noise and First Avenue SXSW Day PartyAustin never saw it coming. Two weeks from today, legions of Twin Cities musicians, writers, photographers, booking agents, managers, radio DJs, and straight-up music fiends will descend onto Texas for five ... 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
So here's a string of words I never thought would appear in the same sentence: Recording site Daytrotter recently invited Naughty By Nature to their Illinois studios for a session, with locals Solid Gold sitting in as their backing band. Wait, what?
MPLS.TV is back in the swing of things today with a brand new City of Music video, and this time they went into the studio with Tapes 'n Tapes to get up close and personal with the band while they played.Check out the resulting video of the band playing "Badaboom" (off their new record Outside, w ... More >>
Photos by Dajana BartulovicAfter taking a winter break over the holidays, MPLS.TV are back in the swing of things this week and preparing to release another installment of their popular "City of Music" series this coming Monday via Gimme Noise. To get us in the mood, producer Dan Huiting sent ove ... More >>
Mally, Pink Mink, Grant Cutler, and more
With the release of their third album, Outside, only a week away, Tapes 'n Tapes are offering up another free track, "Badaboom." The band is planning a couple of special parties in town on the day of their album release, which is this coming Tuesday, January 11: They will perform an in-store at t ... More >>
Tapes 'n Tapes dropped a new video for their single, "Freak Out," yesterday via Pitchfork.TV, and it has all the makings of a great music vid: A coherent plot line, a punchline ending, and, most importantly, a MID-'90S FLASHBACK. Filmed by local team Northern Outpost, the video stars the members ... 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 >>
In anticipation of their third album, Outside, on January 11, Tapes 'n Tapes debuted a new song, "Freak Out," yesterday on the Current and are offering it up as a download today via Pitchfork. Offering up the exclusive download of the track to the mega-site is an interesting move, especially in l ... More >>
Outside will be the tumulted Tapes 'n Tapes third full-length record, set for a very early '11 release. It will be their first - not counting their excellent demo CD - completely outside the confines of major-indie label XL (Vampire Weekend, Gil Scott-Heron, Titus Andronicus) and within the picke ... More >>
We're a little late to this party, but it looks like the Lowertown Music Festival in St. Paul has booked a handful of prominent local indie bands and one international artist for an outdoor concert on July 31. The full lineup includes Mason Jennings, Cloud Cult, Tapes 'n Tapes, Peter Wolf Crier, ... More >>
Tapes 'n Tapes are currently in the studio recording a follow-up to 2008's Walk It Off.
Vampire Hands warmed up for Sunday's Entry show with a preview of their new songs.
Tapes 'n Tapes had one last party to throw before heading into The Terrarium on Monday to begin working on their third LP.
The hometown heroes will play three consecutive nights in October.
A smattering of hometown heroes will appear on the teevee this week.
New Brother Ali, Baby Guts and Gospel Gossip in the news and next week's new releases including Lily Allen & Dan Auerbach
Their latest tour is pointing them homeward bound
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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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