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Concert Review: Tegan and Sara command attention
by Cortney Maddock
Apr 19, 2008 | 2115 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Tony Contini - Tegan and Sara rock the Grand Sierra Resort Friday night.
Tribune/Tony Contini - Tegan and Sara rock the Grand Sierra Resort Friday night.
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Tribune/Tony Contini - Tegan demonstrates her slower side with the mostly entire acoustic song "Dark Come Soon."
Tribune/Tony Contini - Tegan demonstrates her slower side with the mostly entire acoustic song "Dark Come Soon."
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Tribune/Tony Continti - Sara rocks the electric guitar and provides the entrancing harmony.
Tribune/Tony Continti - Sara rocks the electric guitar and provides the entrancing harmony.
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If it wasn't for the edgier, somewhat punkier, haircut that Tegan was sporting, only the faithful fans would have been able to tell pint-sized indie rockers Tegan and Sara apart.

But only about half of the decently filled Grand Theater was occupied by loyal fans; the other half were newcomers to Tegan and Sara's music.

Seemingly aware that their fan base could be alienated by playing a front-loaded set of song from older albums — such as 2004's "So Jealous," 2002's "If It Was You" and 2000's "The Business of Art" — Tegan and Sara started their set by playing "Dark Come Soon." Followed by a majority of the songs from 2007's "The Con."

Regardless of the song, the album it might have come from or the fanatic cult fans, there was still a buzz in the theater, and it wasn't the engery from the show.

"There's still so much talking," Sara said interrupting her own story. "Don't you want to hear what adorable stories we're telling?"

Tegan chimed in, insisting that, unlike opening band An Horse, their performance would not end up as the soundtrack to someone’s conversation. With a hand on her hip, she asked that the house lights be turned on. Chastising the unruly talkers in the back by asking if they had even heard of Tegan and Sara, which lead the sisters into an impromptu freestyle of spoken word.

This not only got the attention of the less-loyal, now-embarrassed fans, it got laugher from the rest of the room.

Witty and lovable, Sara continued to tell her story about wishing she grew up in Southern California, not Calgary, Canada.

"Can you image never wearing a bathing suit?" she asked with a high inflection in her voice. "Maybe you'll understand after this song."

Then the twins from the great white north slipped into the upbeat song "Hop A Plane."

But there was something about Tegan and Sara that made audience members, who were close enough to stare, absorb everything they did or said. Ultimately, the girls made each audience member believe they were playing directly for them.

Sara's red guitar gleamed. Tegan’s studded belt shone. Their black outfits matched. Even the visually minimalist stage was captivating.

As Tegan told a story about her father playing air guitar with the family car's seat belt to Bruce Springsteen, her leg twitched nervously still keeping the beat to "Nineteen," which had ended a minute before.

Tegan and Sara's nearly two-hour set was filled with good music and witty interaction with the crowd, which made it not a concert but an intimate evening with two musical artists.

Since their songs lyrics are personal and well written it is hard not find an emotional connection with Tegan and Sara. Add in good music and it is hard not to fall in love with these girls.

Which goes back to the question that Tegan posed at the beginning of the show: Had they been to Reno before? No. Will they be coming back? Maybe.

There is no doubt that the powerful, pint-sized duo have an illustrious career ahead of them, but what will be interesting to see is once they are multi-platinum, award-winning, stadium-touring artists if they will remember Reno.

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