Tapes 'N Tapes, "Hang Them All"

The Knitters play another show at the Tractor Tavern tonight for $20; you can read about last night's show


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Tapes 'N Tapes, "Hang Them All"

The Knitters play another show at the Tractor Tavern tonight for $20; you can read about last night's show right here.  Also, there's this:

Tapes 'n Tapes, Wild Light at Neumos, 8 p.m., $15, all ages

Americans used to laugh at the British music press's long-running,

silly habit of hyping a band beyond belief - whether that band deserved

it or not - and subsequently tearing them to shreds, usually within six

months or less. And then we started doing it ourselves. A few years

ago, Minneapolis quartet Tapes 'n Tapes were riding high thanks to the

"Pitchfork effect," but it wasn't long after debut album The Loon

got re-released in 2006 that the blogger backlash kicked into high

gear, and a number of critics both pro and amateur lined up to savage

last year's follow-up, Walk it Off. After the highs and lows,

Tapes 'n Tapes is back to being just another band again - a good band

that more or less takes its cues from the Pixies, Pavement, and Modest

Mouse in their love of guitar weirdness, craggy melodies, and skewed

song structures. They've been accused of straight-out ripping off those

bands, but though some ears will take it that way, others won't. And as

frontman Josh Grier recently told me, "Every band has elements that

sound like another band, so fuck it. Who cares? At least we're getting

compared to bands we think are awesome. It could be Rush." MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

 
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