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The danceable, buzzy, ’80s-influenced pop-rock of Tegan And Sara has become increasingly common of late, thanks in part to a tour with The Black Keys and The Killers, as well as the Grammy-nominated Get Along DVD. That means the Quin sisters have finally been getting the credit they deserve for the way they construct and deconstruct songs. More than just a throwback act, Tegan And Sara have a lot in common with Spoon in the way they tug at the edges of classic girl-group pop and R&B, emphasizing rhythmic punch while keeping their melodies clean and lyrics memorable. True, there’s something faintly robotic to the approach—more so than ever on the duo’s sixth LP, Sainthood, which is more or less a copy of 2007’s superb The Con—but the songs are so well-tooled that it’s hard to hold their precision against them.
Soon after the release of the upcoming Heartthrob (due Jan. 29 on Vapor/Warner Bros.), The A.V. Club will help welcome Tegan And Sara to Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater Thursday, March 7. Reserved seating tickets are $35, and go on sale Friday, Dec. 14 at noon.