Weaving threads similar to Modest Mouse, the Walkmen, Born Ruffians and Vampire Weekend, the whimsical sound of Minneapolis’ Tapes ’n Tapes encapsulates much of the indie-rock trends of the past decade and has made them a celebrated under-the-radar band. But despite an indie-darling status that’s brought them to the cusp of breaking out, their penchant for playful caprice over anthemic scale has largely sealed their lot as underdogs. But they wear it well enough to suggest that it may just be where they’ve always belonged. After a stint with indie heavyweight XL Recordings, Tapes ’n Tapes has gone back home and re-launched their own original imprint (Ibid Records) to release this year’s aptly titled record, Outside. Showcasing a bright, hearty melodic core that twitches with just enough ticks, jags and character to be endearing, it’s perhaps the truest, most cogent capture of their aesthetic yet. Be sure to show up early, however, to catch the promisingly ragged bounce of fellow Minneapolitans Howler. – Bao Le-Huu (with Howler, the Broken Inn; 8 p.m. at the Social, 54 N. Orange Ave.; $13-$15; 407-246-1419; thesocial.org)
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