TAPES ‘N TAPES
Minneapolis indie rockers Tapes ‘n Tapes were the buzz band five years ago, when their debut album caused a minor storm across the then-nascent blogosphere. As things go with buzz bands, the glow wore off by 2008’s follow-up. For their third album, Outside, head Tape Josh Grier tightens the reins on the band’s Pixies-like push-pull dynamic, settling in somewhere between *The Loon*’s whirlwind fuzz-noise and *Walk It Off*’s more focused structure. Outside certainly sounds bigger, pulling in keys, horns, and skipping percussion on songs like “Badaboom” and “SWM.” The buzz may be gone, but there’s still plenty of blowback.