The crowd at Tegan And Sara’s sold-out Chicago show was mostly comprised of adorable hipster couples; women, hand in hand, excitedly bopping and swaying to the all-too-catchy sounds filling the air. The Canadian pop darlings performed songs ranging their entire eight-album discography, highlighting their newest album, I Love You To Death, released in June of this year. The twin sisters know how to keep a crowd happy and smiling and have been doing so for over 20 years.
Before Tegan And Sara started their 24-song set, psychedelic singer-songwriter Torres (real name Mackenzie Scott) opened with her signature haunting, neo-Western sound. Toning down any tricks or flashy gimmicks that often accompany live shows, Torres simply played through her songs with emotion that often feels reserved for veteran songwriters (Scott is only 25). Her opening set provided a comforting yet somber blanket for the audience before Tegan And Sara woke everyone up.
Opening with “Back In Your Head”, a song from their fifth studio album The Con, the sisters deftly covered the entire stage. As one sister took the reins on vocals, the other played her synth keyboard and gracefully sang backup. It’s hard to find a band with two vocalists that can share the spotlight equally, but Tegan And Sara handle it like pros. The identical twin sisters both have their own style and vocal strengths that add to the authenticity of the duo’s charisma. Ending their show with an encore including “Ghost,” both sisters charmed and delighted the audience for two hours, proving why they’re still one of the most popular groups in pop music.