National Scene > Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Towncraft Scene of the Week
Contributed by Nathan Dean
Tapes 'n Tapes
The Twin Cities
It's hard to know why exactly the Twin Cities have been a mecca for quality independent rock and roll music over the last three decades. Perhaps it's the weather, frigid temperatures forcing aspiring musicians to stay in their practice spaces and thrash about until they can finally feel their fingers (not an easy feat when the thermometer dips well below zero). Maybe it's the isolation from the major media markets on the coast, with bands typically forced to spend years working up their chops and networking on the local level before any record label big wigs in nice suits even think of making the trek all the way to 'Sota. And although popular misperception that everyone in the TC area sounds like Frances McDormand in Fargo certainly still persists, it appears that the secret is starting to get out that this town has something special going on (witness the meteoric rise of Tapes 'n Tapes - a band that didn't even particularly stand out on the local scene surrounded as it was by a surfeit of equally compelling music makers).

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