Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Gardens & Villa + Tapes 'n Tapes @ Casbah- 03.16.11

Tapes 'n Tapes recently made their way back to the Casbah where Santa Barbara's Gardens & Villa opened up and damn near stole the show. More after the jump.

Leading off a rare two-band evening at the Casbah, Gardens & Villa took to a very crowded stage (they were working with most of T 'n T's equipment surrounding them) and a steadily growing crowd. Sezio had the early word on these gents from up the coast and they were very much on point in their promotion. Their I-can't-quite-pin-it-down style of electro indie pop draws comparisons to Passion Pit, but there's also a little Suckers-esque weirdness (in a good way) that plays very well on stage. Lead man Chris Lynch splits time with vocals, guitar and a quiver of wooden flutes to impressive effect while the rest of the quartet shares in vocal duties while mixing in musically. It all came together quite well and left everyone in attendance saying 'Wow- who are these guys?'. Look for them to be the featured act at a venue in your neighborhood in the near future (as well as opening up for Cuckoo Chaos at Soda Bar on April 29).

Gardens & Villa:

Tapes 'n Tapes' first trip back to SD in just over two years coincided with the last stop of their tour before they headed east to catch the tail end of SXSW. Playing in benefit of their newly released third full length album Outside, the Minneapolis-based four-piece showed just what a few years of experience can do for a live performance. Not that they were bad the last time around- far from it. This time they came across as a much more polished, professional band with a healthy dose of stage presence. They ripped through an hour plus of tracks from The Loon, Walk It Off and their newest album, ranging from the blistering 'Insistor' to the downtempo 'Omaha' to a grateful sold out crowd before calling it a night and packing up the van for the long drive to Austin.

Tapes 'n Tapes:

More pix from the evening click here and the rest of my concert photography here.

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