Is it no longer hackneyed to compare every slightly leftist rock outfit to the Shins? Guess that ship has sailed for good (thanks for nothing, Portman), but for old times’ sake: Tapes ’n Tapes share their appealing intelligence with meandering pop melodies, with a song structure that takes several sideroad forays from AABA and a singer, Josh Grier, whose warble is reedy and expressive, even when he’s giggling in seeming imitation of a horse whinny (see “One in the World,” off this month’s excellent third album, Outside). Two-bit electro effects are employed to cheeky effects without fuzzing out their sincerity. These Minneapolis gents just might be timeless. With Oberhofer and Xylos.
Fri., Feb. 4, 9 p.m., 2011