Photo credit Denver Collins
In a world where singing sisters have seemingly become the norm (see: Haim, The Staves, First Aid Kit, etc.), Canadian Indie-Pop twin sister duo, Tegan and Sara, who brought their Love You to Death tour to town on the 12th, manage to stand out.
Their hand-picked opener, Shura, easily kept up with the energy of the tour. Tegan and Sara chose the powerful singer/songwriter/producer in the spirit of bringing more up-and-coming talent directly to the spotlight, and although most of the audience didn’t necessarily come for Shura, they were still very receptive to her high-energy set. She didn’t focus on putting on a nice, clean act for the audience, she focused on making good music, and that’s what she did.
When Tegan and Sara showed up on stage (after a brief technical difficulty which they quickly apologized for even though no one was bothered—classic Canadians), the high energy was instantly launched higher. The venue may have been a beautiful, seated theater, but it definitely wasn’t a seated show. Waves of fans in their best Tegan and Sara merchandise jumped up, and found the space to dance even with the theater seats in the way. Playing music from six albums released over the last 14 years, it might be expected that some songs would be better received than others, but mixing their brand new songs from their album Love You To Death with older favorites, the audience never skipped a beat and seemed to love each song as much as the last.
To keep to the schedule despite the brief delay, they explained that they would have to rush through a few things, moving between songs a little faster than usual. Fortunately, they didn’t have to cut any of the 24 songs on their set list, and they still made time for a short speech about the importance of voting and trying to make the world a little better where you can, just what you would expect from the always-advocating twins.
After the show, energy was still high, people were still excited, and the Monday-night streets of Minneapolis were a bit louder than usual.