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In celebration of their forthcoming album Outside, Tapes 'N Tapes decided to play their new material at the Turf Club in St. Paul on Thursday night, along with many older songs as well.
Opening band Tarlton took the stage at 9:00 p.m. The duo, also from Minneapolis, played for roughly 45 minutes and sounded very good. The next band, Leisure Birds, were on and off in just about the same fashion as Tarlton. After the two opening acts, the crowd seemed to get a little bigger and move in a little closer. Tapes 'N Tapes were just about ready to hit the stage. The date and time to hit the stage? 11/11 at 11 p.m.
The Turf Club suited these guys very well. The sound quality was fantastic. They played a few new songs and a few old songs. People in the crowd were yelling "Manitoba!" (one of the band's better-known numbers) after every few songs. They eventually agreed, and that's when the night really got going. The crowd was very energetic and fun. They were bouncing up and down, and I could literally feel the floor moving. Later in the set, the beach balls were being bounced around the entire club.
After the set was over, the crowd started chanting, "Encore!" The band came back out and played a three-song encore, including a cover of the song "Shot in the Arm" by Wilco. It was a great night for Tapes 'N Tapes. The new album, Outside will be released on 1/11/11.
(Above) Tarlton drummer/singer Brett Bullion.
(Above-center) Adam Wazniak of Tarlton muti-tasks with the bass/synth.
(Above) The Leisure Birds.
(Above) Leisure Birds.
(Above) Tapes 'N Tapes frontman Josh Grier.
(Above) Tapes 'N Tapes bassist Erik Appelwick.
(Above) Keyboardist Matt Kretzman.
(Above) Drummer Jeremy Hanson.
(Above) Amazing drummer Jeremy Hanson.