Tegan and Sara
Friday, June 27 @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, 10 p.m.
But Tegan and Sara, thankfully, are not Liz Phair, and there was nothing clumsy about Heartthrob, an album that beefed up the synthesizers without compromising the incisive songwriting that has always been the duo’s draw. Few artists have detailed the psychological toll of codependent relationships with more wit or insight than the Quinn sisters, and on Heartthrob their songs remain as sharp as ever. So yes, it’s a pop album, but it’s a decidedly adult one—the rare sell-out record that succeeds in its ambitions of growing an artist’s audience without diluting the charms that earned them an audience in the first place.