Tegan & Sara, Steel Train, Holly Miranda | Aragon Ballroom | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Fri., March 26, 8 p.m. 2010

In a recent Pitchfork piece Sara Quin talks about the different listening habits she and her twin sister, Tegan, had over the years, and says that it stunted their musical development to grow up in Alberta, Canada, and then skip college. As a result they're still playing catch-up, which goes a long way toward explaining how they remain largely immune to the vicissitudes of indie-rock fashion even as they're lumped in with the indie-rock scene. If the jerking staccato guitar riff that holds down "Hell" on last year's Sainthood (Sire) is any indication, Tegan and Sara may have only just discovered Hot Snakes, or possibly even Shellac. Guesswork aside, it's a jarringly intriguing departure for a pair of songwriters best known for round-edged emo pop tinged with new wave. Being a Tegan and Sara song, of course, it eventually transitions into a punchy chorus that will wedge itself into your head and stay there for days, but the anxious energy it begins with—an energy that permeates Sainthood—is proof that a decade into their career the Quins are still challenging themselves and their audience. Steel Train and Holly Miranda open. —Miles Raymer

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