by John Tarpley
This Minnesota indie-rock outfit was one of the first to profit from the tastemaker blog-boom of the early '00s. With the release of their first album, "The Loon," in 2004, the promising college kids of Tapes 'n Tapes soon found themselves spreading their jittery, urgent guitar rock everywhere from college radio to the "Late Show with David Letterman" stage. Like nearly every band with access to an amp and a garage, Tapes 'n Tapes draws from the sounds and rhythms of demigods Pavement (the more melodic moments) and Pixies (the parts without gross sex), all the while adding its own synth 'n' tambourine color to that old, familiar mix. Seven years later, the "next big thing" in indie didn't quite end up in the all-star league, but the band remains big men in the majors. The band's third and latest album, "Outside," is a matured, textured hour of signature hooks and shaky energy. Consider Tapes 'n Tapes a mainstay for future classic indie rock radio's drive time hour. The night opens with stomps, bangs and lo-fi falsetto crooning from the great NYC (by way of Tacoma) bedroom popper Oberhofer.