The Lakewood Civic Auditorium is a high-school auditorium, albeit a grand one.
This setting wasn't lost on Tegan and Sara, who told a packed audience last night that they were helping the Canadian indie-pop twins live out a perverse high-school fantasy for adoration and acceptance.
Tegan and Sara were humble but quietly confident onstage. The crowd was deafening as the girls launched into a nearly two-hour set that opened with “The Ocean” from last year's Sainthood.
Much of the set came from their latest album, but there was a sprinkling of older material too, including some cuts from 2004's So Jealous.
Tegan and Sara make a point to say they write separately. But they sound effortless singing and performing each other's songs. Each Quin got solo time in the spotlight. Between songs, they shared anecdotes, which alternated between clever and smart, well-spoken and very funny.
The stage set was also terrific — the epic lighting especially, which gave the show a much grander scope. It's kinda ironic, since Tegan and Sara have a way of shrinking any venue they're playing, making it feel very intimate.
A stripped-down and unplugged encore included some fan favorites, like “Call it Off” and the infectious “Living Room.” Here, particularly, Tegan and Sara sounded just as great live as they do on record. “Back in Your Bed” gave me, and many satisfied fans, chills. —Jara Anton