Tapes 'n Tapes 

The Loon

Sporting palpable, musical touchstones that make easy discussion-board talking points, Minneapolis quartet Tapes 'n Tapes is prime "blog rock" -- indie rock made popular through grassroots music journals. The Web offers so much giddily imbued and embedded media, it'll keep your metacarpals scurrying across that keyboard to explore more cliques with your clicks, and Tapes 'n Tapes offers a similarly saturated indie OCD name-that-influence syndrome. Pavement, the Pixies, Tangiers, Wire and the Feelies have all been plucked from the referential reservoir and bandied about, at times accurately. Where Tapes 'n Tapes succeeds is in unhurriedly surging arrangement. The rhythm is at times jagged and others jangly, and the embellishments smooth and jazzy atop a roots-brushed strum. There is neither too much bombast nor ballast, and the stylistic references don't sound overthought or overwrought. It will spawn MP3s 'n MP3s. 3 stars.

Tapes 'n Tapes plays the Drunken Unicorn Fri., June 9, with Figurines and Cold War Kid.

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