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Volume 72, Issue 136, Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Life & Arts

Rising band proves its worth at Numbers

Tapes n Tapes maintains live intensity and offers relief 
from standard indie-pop during Sunday's show

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Minneapolis-based Tapes n Tapes proved that their 2005 debut album, The Loon, only offers a glimpse of their true capabilities when the band played Sunday at Numbers.

Tapes n Tapes provided relief from overwhelmingly pop-infused indie rock, delivering a fresh, agreeable mixture of edgy rock 'n' roll balanced with softer and more intricate keyboard melodies and percussion. 

While performing songs mainly from The Loon, the band revealed its remarkable ability to maintain its energy in a live setting. 

The melancholic "Omaha" revealed the band's softer but still intense side as drummer Jeremy Hanson and multi-instrumentalist Matt Kretzman led the band forward with subtle and intricate percussion and keyboard melodies.

The lulling vocals of singer and guitarist Josh Grier and bassist Erik Appelwick showed off a more intimate and equally intriguing side of Tapes n Tapes. 

The band unleashed a fierce sound with "Just Drums" as Grier and Appelwick performed upbeat bass and guitar rhythms topped with a diverse set of quirky vocals. 

Tapes n Tapes performed the incredibly hasty "Insistor" with an aggressive drumming attack by Hanson and impulsive bass and guitar riffs carried out by Grier and Appelwick. 

Appelwick set the stage for the fast-paced sing-along "Cowbell" with a rich and short-lived bass intro. Grier and Appelwick offered an onslaught of intertwining guitar work while Kretzman played a barely noticeable, festive keyboard melody.

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