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Video: Tegan And Sara – Dying To Know

Tegan and SaraTegan And Sara have premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Dying To Know,” from their latest LP, Love You to Death, which dropped earlier this year.  

In the meantime, a new single is planned for April 8, 2016.

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Tours: The Courtneys / Tegan and Sara

The CourtneysVancouver, Canada slacker pop trio The Courtneys are currently on a North American tour with added dates featuring Tegan and Sara. View the tour dates below.

The Courtneys released their debut self-titled full-length on June 7, 2013 via Hockey Dad Records.

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Tegan & Sara – Don’t Find Another Love

Tegan and SaraTegan and Sara has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Don’t Find Another Love” which will serve as part of the soundtrack for the movie Endless Love.  The band last released their seventh studio album, Heartthrob, back in early 2013. 

Listen to the track here.

Live Concert Review

Tegan and Sara, An Horse

Live (Jan. 11th, 2010)

Northern Alberta Jubilee - Edmonton, Alberta
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The mark of a great concert is, more often than not, the atmosphere created by a sense of intimacy between the band and the crowd. No matter the venue or the style of music, the bands who know how to make their fans feel as if their playing directly to them are the bands who are able to give their fans bang for their buck; and last night the two bands who took over the stage at the Northern Alberta Jubilee seemed to understand that completely.

Australia’s An Horse warmed up the sell-out crowd and immediately kicked the show off on a good note. The duo used a simple setup, a single guitar and a bare-bone drum kit but they used that minimalism to the best of their advantage creating a sound that mimicked the headliners Tegan and Sara along with some of Brooklyn’s New Dress (another duo that uses two guitars; if you haven’t heard Where Our Failures Are, I highly recommend you do).

In between tracks from their Rearrange Beds album including Camp Out, Postcards, Little Lungs and Horizons, the band easily exchanged banter between one another, commenting on things like the politeness of Edmonton and the rivalry between Edmonton and Calgary which eventually led to a quirky little comment about the upholstery of the venue.

The simple and benign banner was honest and sincere, not forced or scripted like so many bands which right away helped create a sort of intimacy between them and the crowd. Of course, no band is able to captivate the audience through the use of random and far fetched stories better than Tegan and Sara and last night was no exception.

Their show began with a recording of Lesley Gore singing Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows which was followed by the lowering of a printout of the Sainthood artwork from the rafters. The band casually walked across the stage, said “thank you” and jumped immediately into the synth heavy Arrow. They kicked if off with a non-stop flow of songs, playing three or four tracks before they finally stopped to dive into the banter that makes their shows so memorable. 

Once again the Calgary-born twins filled any down time with random stories. They recalled visiting West Ed when they were eight and lamented over the slow decay of Galaxyland (previously known as Fantasy Land), they held a conversation with a toddler called Emily and proudly reminisced about their first words (“Popsicle” for one of them, and “Fuck” for the other), told grossly exaggerated stories about their first meeting with An Horse and Tegan even depicted her terrifying ordeal with a ghost in the bathroom of their changing room.

The stories were funny and captivating, adding a unique flair to the show that many bands lack as they pass through Edmonton.  Then again, it is a concert and the main reason to be there is the music and in that category Tegan and Sara excelled even more.

The duo covered a lot of ground in their nearly two hour set; in fact, thinking back I don’t think they missed a single song from their recent Sainthood album. Showing a unique versatility that only they have, the band was able to go from more punk-paced tracks like Northshore and Nineteen to the haunting So Jealous without missing a beat.

The emotion and tempo was equally repeated with the lighting effects that flooded the stage during every song. It pulsated with the heavier tunes, glowing brighter with each heavy keyboard note on tracks likeArrow and flooded the stage in cooling blue on Someday and Sentimental Tune. The lighting, at times, pushed the visual image to new heights – the silhouette of Sara Quinn against a twirling burst of white light during the final verse of Walking Like A Ghost is an image that should have been captured on film and preserved for eternity; but at times those same lights became too much to bare, particularly during the end of Where Does the Good Go which saw all of the spotlights blare white directly into the eyes of the crowd – many of which eventually had to cover their eyes and look away.

Despite it all, the highlight came at the end during the first three songs of the encore where the sisters stripped it down and performed acoustic renditions of Back In Your Head, Call It Off and Tiesto’sFeel It In My Bones.

For the second straight time Tegan and Sara sold out two shows in Edmonton – this time in a bigger venue – and if they continue putting on shows as good as this one, I see no reason as to why they won’t sell out even more in the future.

Live Concert Review

Fun, Tegan and Sara

Live (August 31st, 2013)

Ambleside Park - West Vancouver, BC
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Ambleside Park is more known for scenic views, family picnicking and a pleasant place to walk your dog than it is for hosting live music. But amidst the rolling hills of West Vancouver, Fun and Tegan and Sara broke the norm and brought their huge outdoor stage right next to the beach on Burrard Inlet Saturday night to bring a little splash of excitement to the otherwise peaceful setting.

With a cross section of generations – from kids to grandparents – spread out across the grassy concert floor, it appeared that people from all walks of live made the trek out to bask in the sun and some live music. The field was sufficiently filled by the time Calgary indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara were ready to play. 

As an entertaining animation built off of the twin’s artwork for their latest album Heartthrob played on the centre screen, the crowd made their way to the front – cheering in anticipation. The build up was strong, making the band’s actual entrance (a simple stroll onto the stage) seem all too anti-climatic. This was, sadly, something that hindered the sisters’ entire set as they seem to be undergoing a certain amount of growing pains.

Through years of non-stop touring, Tegan and Sara have learned how to perfectly captivate and control smaller stages. Seeing them play in a 400 or 2000 person venue is a sight to be seen. Intimate, engaging, comical, their smaller shows are some of the highlights of my concert-going experiences. With Heartthrob, the band is pushing their boundaries. Expanding to new territories of electro-pop and no longer headlining but opening for pop stars in larger venues. In this case, a 10,000 person setting outdoor venue that Tegan And Sara weren’t quite able to control.

Focusing mainly on their newer material – Drove Me Wild, Goodbye Goodbye, I Couldn’t Be Your Friend, Shock To Your System and so on – there’s no denying that they have the musicianship down pat. Sonically, they were spot on and songs like How Come You Don’t Want Me were pristine examples of perfectly crafted pop-anthems. However, their stage presence hadn’t matched their sonic growth.

Their signature banter was still there, but lacked some of the charm that they normally display. In a way, some of the tales seemed generic – praising and thanking the headlining band like oh-so many openers often do. With a bigger stage and larger setup, the band needed to use everything at their disposal to fill up the space – and they often did as the visuals that accompanied I Was A Fool and Closer were stunning and energetic. But when they left those elements behind, they seemed too small on such a big stage.

They sounded fantastic but were stuck in the middle performance wise – almost able to control the show but not quite.

Fun.,  however, had no problems with that.

As the sun crawled behind the hills, the night sky was clear and black and the trio of Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, and Jack Antonoff appeared quietly on stage in tuxedos and bowties huddled in a corner with a single spotlight on them as they softly performed Some Nights (Intro). The lights cut out, the crowd cheered and in a matter of seconds the tuxedos were gone, the backing band was in place and the stage erupted with lights, videos and energy with Nate Ruess flying around the stage for One Foot.

Their nearly two hour set was full of theatrics of that nature. A never ending display of lighting effects, CGI graphics and live footage splattered across the four video screens and a fully animated band that saw every band member moving, jumping and putting it all into their stage. Ruess may have been the vocal point, but he was far from the sole performer that evening.

Unlike Tegan and Sarafun. controlled the stage from the moment they stepped on. It may have been one of the biggest shows they had ever played, but it didn’t come off that way. They oozed confidence and showmanship, drawing laughter and cheers and sing-alongs from the crowd.

Halfway through the set, the stage literally erupted with Barlights as blasts of confetti sprayed the audience (and an equal number of iPhones were jetted into the air as everyone tried to capture the event rather than live in it). Guitars were thrown, amps were climbed it was an epic ending normally reserved for the final song of the night but used here as a little pick-me-up right in the middle.

We Are Young, Carry On, All the Pretty Girls  and a rousing cover of The Rolling Stones‘ You Can’t Always Get What You Want – fun. were the prime example of a pop band on top of their game. Ten years from now, they may be completely forgotten about but right now they are on top of the world and bring that confidence to their live show with a vengeance.

If only there were more than two exits to get out of the venue as 10,000 people filtering through two small tents took quite some time.

Tegan and Sara - The Con

Tegan and Sara

The Con

Sire Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Despite what most people think, punks are relatively open minded. While they will always bitch and complain and yell “sell out” and claim that “punk” is the only acceptable style of music, they’re normally not afraid to branch out and listen to different acts. That, in a way, is the beauty of punk and why it has evolved so much to encompass so many sounds and styles; because the general idea is simply that if the music is good and the ideology is true than it’s acceptable to listen to. That’s why people like Greg Graffin, Chuck Ragan, Dallas Green and Tim Barry are able to break free from their revered punk acts and release solo records that are a completely opposite sound. That’s why someone who abides by Minor Threat and Bad Brains will happily skank along to Reel Big Fish and Streetlight Manifesto. That’s why Tegan Quinn appeared on the new Against Me! record. That’s why a group like Meg & Dia can play acoustically on the Warped Tour without being harassed. If the music can survive by itself and the people behind it are true to their ideals then most “punks” will at least give them a chance to prove themselves and that’s why The Con will be accepted openly by many despite the fact that it is a pure pop record.

You see, Tegan and Sara are talented and phenomenal musicians. While yes, their album is purely pop in construction, it is much more passionate and intelligent than most. Soft and melodic, The Con is a fourteen track album seeped in soaring vocal melodies with a diverse musical background to boot. While their previous release, So Jealous, was focused more on the dueling vocals and simple guitar riff, The Con sees them expanding and attempting to incorporate newer styles into their musical tool shed. Bringing in the piano with a much stronger force than before, Tegan and Sara throw in numerous throwbacks to 80’s new wave with synths and keyboards – particularly on Are You Ten Years Ago? and Hop A Plane which is full of distorted keyboard melodies of which the main one sounds remarkably like a poppier version of the introduction to The Falcon‘s La-Z-Boy 500.

The Con is still based around the vocal harmonies of the sisters though as each set of vocals build on top of one another. Nineteen and Call If Off see the vocals build constantly in intensity and explode with passion and emotion and while some songs, Dark Come Soon and Soil, Soil, are sparse and simplistic other tracks like Back In Your Head and The Con are much more complex as they encompass a heavier tone and stronger beat to them. This diversity enables to listener to enjoy the album the whole way through as it doesn’t become repetitive or generic but instead each song is able to capture the listener’s attention.

Yes, Tegan and Sara are the furthest thing from “punk” is a traditional sense but that does not take away from the fact that The Con is a great album. It’s passionate, catchy, diverse and well written; which is more than you can say about a lot of the releases coming out from the punk underground these days.

Tours: Fun / Tegan & Sara

Tegan and SaraFresh off the release of their seventh studio album Heartthrob, Canadian twins Tegan and Sara  have announced a huge North American summer tour with Fun.

Dubbed the “Most Nights” tour, the tour kicks in early July and runs through the end of September. A full list of confirmed dates is below. 

In other news, Tegan and Sara were recently nominated for their first ever Grammy Award this year and have a chance to take home a statue this weekend in the “Long Form Music Video” category for their Live Album/Documentary Get Along.

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Tegan & Sara – I Was A Fool

Tegan and SaraCanadian indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara have debuted a brand new song titled “I Was A Fool” from their upcoming seventh studio album, Heartthrob. 

Listen to the track here.

The record will be available on January 29th through Warner Bros. Records.

Tours: Tegan & Sara

Tegan and SaraCanadian sister duo Tegan & Sara have announced plans for their first headlining tour of 2013, starting on January 25th.

The tour is in support of their seventh studio album, Heartthrob; which is set for a January 29th release on Warner Bros.

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Video: Tegan and Sara – Closer

Tegan and SaraCanadian indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara have released their video for Closer off of their upcoming seventh studio album, Heartthrob.

The record will be available on January 29th through Warner Bros. Records.

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Tegan & Sara On Letterman

Tegan and SaraIndie duo Tegan & Sara recently performed live on Late Night With David Letterman.  The song was “Closer” from their upcoming Heartthrob full length, due out January 29, 2012 via Sire.  The album follow’s 2009’s Sainthood.

Watch the duo perform the single below. 

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Tegan and Sara – Closer

Tegan and SaraCanadian indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara have released Closer, the lead single off their forthcoming studio album set for a January 2013 release. Tegan Quinn explained the song to Rolling Stone saying:

“Sara calls CLOSER my ‘let’s get it on’ track. And although I do imagine that this would be an okay song to make out to, all I intended was to write something sweet that reminded the listener of a time before sex, complicated relationships, drama and heart break. In short, I was writing about my youth. A time when we got CLOSER by linking arms and walking down our school hallway or talked all night on the telephone about every thought or experience we’d ever had. It wasn’t necessarily even about hooking up or admitting your feelings back then. In fact THAT rarely happened. It was the anticipation of something MAYBE happening that was truly exciting and satisfying. We were perpetually getting CLOSER, yet we rarely got physical with one another, if ever. These relationships existed in a state of sexual and physical ambiguity. Is there anything more romantic than that?”

For the new album, Tegan and Sara worked in the studio with Greg Kurstin (The Shins, Lily Allen, Sia), Mike Elizondo (Regina Spektor, Mastodon, Rilo Kiley), and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Neon Trees, M83, Moving Units).

The song, along with the band’s upcoming tour dates, are below.

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Tegan and Sara Enter the Studio

Tegan and SaraTegan and Sara are in the studio recording their as-yet-untitled seventh studio album, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2009 album Sainthood. The Quin sisters are working with three separate producers on the album: Greg Kurstin (The Shins, Lily Allen, Sia), Mike Elizondo (Regina Spektor, Mastodon, Rilo Kiley), and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Neon Trees, M83, Moving Units).

They  have already finished up with Elizondo and are currently working with Kurstin before beginning sessions with Meldal-Johnsen in early May. Tegan Quinn described the writing process saying:

“Sara and I are trying to step outside of our comfort zones and push ourselves to the extreme with this one so get ready for a whole new T+S sound! We strive to keep things fresh and exciting with each new record and I definitely feel like we’re accomplishing that so far.”

Tegan & Sara Streaming Live Album

Tegan and SaraRollingstone is streaming Tegan & Sara‘s new live album Get Along, due out November 15, 2011.  The album also comes accompanied by the documentary For The Most Part.  The set was recorded at the Warehouse Studios in Vancouver.

Listen to the album here.

Tegan & Sara Streaming Live Album

Tegan and SaraRollingstone is streaming Tegan & Sara‘s new live album Get Along, due out November 15, 2011.  The album also comes accompanied by the documentary For The Most Part.  The set was recorded at the Warehouse Studios in Vancouver.

Listen to the album here.

Tegan And Sara Release Documentaries And Live Album In Collection

Tegan and SaraTegan and Sara have released a collection of documentaries and live tracks today. The collection, Get Along, is a DVD/CD release which features three different films – States documents their time in the US, India follows the duo through a tour in India and For The Most Part is a complete studio concert performed in Vancouver. The CD features 15 live tracks shown throughout the documentaries.

The release is available in stores, on iTunes and from the duo’s own website, www.teganandsara.com.

Tegan & Sara Do Shows and Q&A Sessions In Alberta

Tegan and SaraSister duo Tegan & Sara have announced three Alberta shows amidst their apperances at Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest and Winnipeg Folk Festival. The shows will take place July 6th in Edmonton at the Myer Horowitz Theatre and July 8th & 9th in Calgary at the Grand Theatre.

The band promises that these shows will be different than any other show they’ve ever done as they will be “special, intimate shows, with a new ensemble.” On top of that, there will be an audience Q&A component at the show and every ticket comes with a limited edition silk-screened poster designed by EE Storey.

There are also 30 VIP tickets being offered for all three shows. These will allow you access to the band’s soundcheck prior to the show and also a meet and greet with the band.

The VIP tickets go on sale here on Thurs June 2 from 10am to 10pm (Local time/MST). The standard tickets go on sale the following day, Fri June 3 at 10am.

Tegan & Sara Do Shows and Q&A Sessions In Alberta

Tegan and SaraSister duo Tegan & Sara have announced three Alberta shows amidst their apperances at Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest and Winnipeg Folk Festival. The shows will take place July 6th in Edmonton at the Myer Horowitz Theatre and July 8th & 9th in Calgary at the Grand Theatre.

The band promises that these shows will be different than any other show they’ve ever done as they will be “special, intimate shows, with a new ensemble.” On top of that, there will be an audience Q&A component at the show and every ticket comes with a limited edition silk-screened poster designed by EE Storey.

There are also 30 VIP tickets being offered for all three shows. These will allow you access to the band’s soundcheck prior to the show and also a meet and greet with the band.

The VIP tickets go on sale here on Thurs June 2 from 10am to 10pm (Local time/MST). The standard tickets go on sale the following day, Fri June 3 at 10am.

Tegan and Sara on Daytrotter

Tegan and Sara - DayrtotterVancouver by way of Calgary’s indie-folk duo Tegan and Sara stopped by the Daytrotter officers earlier this week to record a four song acoustic session. The four song set list featured two tracks from their latest album Sainthood (Hell and Alligator) along with I Know I Know I Know from So Jealous and The Con from The Con.

The set can be streamed or downloaded here.

Tegan and Sara – Suffer (Bad Religion Cover)

Bad Religion - SufferVancouver’s indie pop duo Tegan and Sara recently covered Bad Religion‘s Suffer and a video of it has surfaced online. Their cover can be heard below.

The original version comes from the Bad Religion‘s breakout 1987 album of the same name. Bad Religion are releasing their fifteethn studio album, The Dissent of Man, tomorrow.

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An Horse In The Studio

An HorseAustralia’s An Horse are currently in Vancouver recording their new album with Howard Redekopp (The New Pornographers, Tegan and Sara, The Organ, You Say Party! We Say Die!).

The record will be released in early 2011 and follows last year’s Rearrange Beds. Rumor as it that Tegan &  Sara will be making some guest appearances on the album.

Margaret Cho Teams Up With Tegan & Sara For Intervention

Margaret Cho and Tegan & SaraFor her new album, Cho-Dependent (out August 24), comedienne Margaret Cho wrote and recorded rock songs with a varied roster of artists, including indie icon sisters Tegan and Sara.

The album sees Cho stretching her musical wings on while the musicians work their funny bones. This song finds Tegan and Sara taking their first stab at recorded comedy, in the form of a “skit” midway through the track.

You can hear an exclusive stream of their collaboration, “Intervention,” here.

Margaret Cho Teams Up With Tegan & Sara For Intervention

Margaret Cho and Tegan & SaraFor her new album, Cho-Dependent (out August 24), comedienne Margaret Cho wrote and recorded rock songs with a varied roster of artists, including indie icon sisters Tegan and Sara.

The album sees Cho stretching her musical wings on while the musicians work their funny bones. This song finds Tegan and Sara taking their first stab at recorded comedy, in the form of a “skit” midway through the track.

You can hear an exclusive stream of their collaboration, “Intervention,” here.

Tegan & Sara To Release Discography in Vinyl Box Set

Tegan and SaraIndie-folk twin Tegan & Sara have announced that they will be releasing their back catalogue in a vinyl box set.  The collection is titled The Official Vinyl Collection, and includes The Business of ArtIf It Was YouSo JealousThe Con and 2009’s Sainthood. It also includes a demo collection called Home Recordings. The box set will retail for $99.99 and will be released via Sire Records.

 

Tegan & Sara To Release Discography in Vinyl Box Set

Tegan and SaraIndie-folk twin Tegan & Sara have announced that they will be releasing their back catalogue in a vinyl box set.  The collection is titled The Official Vinyl Collection, and includes The Business of ArtIf It Was YouSo JealousThe Con and 2009’s Sainthood. It also includes a demo collection called Home Recordings. The box set will retail for $99.99 and will be released via Sire Records.


Behind The Scenes With Tegan & Sara's New Video

Tegan and SaraPopular indie duo Tegan & Sara recently provided an interesting look at life behind the scenes on the set of their upcoming music videos for the tracks “Northshore” and “On Directing.”  Both tracks come from 2009’s Sainthood, released through their very own Superclose Music (Sire).

Check out the video below.

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Behind The Scenes With Tegan & Sara’s New Video

Tegan and SaraPopular indie duo Tegan & Sara recently provided an interesting look at life behind the scenes on the set of their upcoming music videos for the tracks “Northshore” and “On Directing.”  Both tracks come from 2009’s Sainthood, released through their very own Superclose Music (Sire).

Check out the video below.

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Video: Tegan & Sara Live At Tower Records in Dublin

Tegan and SaraCanadian duo Tegan and Sara recently did an in store performance at Tower Records in Dublin, Ireland and State Magazine documented the performance.

You can see the multi-camera recording of the songs ‘Back In Your Head’ and ‘Call It Off’ along with the sister’s signature banter below.

 

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Honda Civic Summer Sampler With Paramore, Tegan & Sara, New Found Glory

Honda Civic Summer SamplerFueled By Ramen Records will be releasing a 2010 summer tour EP featuring all of the bands performing on this year’s Honda Civic TourParamore and Tegan and Sara contribute two tracks each, while New Found Glory and Kadawatha each add one song. The track listing is below.

The EP will be physically available on August 10 and digitally on July 20. Read More…

Honda Civic Summer Sampler With Paramore, Tegan & Sara, New Found Glory

Honda Civic Summer SamplerFueled By Ramen Records will be releasing a 2010 summer tour EP featuring all of the bands performing on this year’s Honda Civic TourParamore and Tegan and Sara contribute two tracks each, while New Found Glory and Kadawatha each add one song. The track listing is below.

The EP will be physically available on August 10 and digitally on July 20. Read More…

Tours: Paramore / Tegan & Sara

ParamoreFueled By Ramen act Paramore have released the schedule for their upcoming tour. The identical sister duo of Tegan and Sara are slated to perform on the undercard, but Paramore says to stay tuned for other bands to join by the July 23rd start date.

The full list of dates and venues can be found below.

 

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