Preview: Tegan and Sara at the LC

By Columbus Alive
From the March 7, 2013 edition

Synth-pop seems to be today’s currency of choice among indie rock’s leading ladies, embraced by everyone from hallowed veteran Chan Marshall to youths ranging from dark-hued British pop singer Charli XCX to shrill Canadian experimentalist Grimes. The line between CD102.5 music and WNCI music is getting blurry.

So it only follows that twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin, among indie-pop’s leading lights since the ’90s, would take a stab at the format, particularly since they’ve been lending vocals to electronic producers like Tiesto and David Guetta lately.

The duo recorded its seventh album, Heartthrob, with Greg Kurstin of P!nk/Kelly Clarkson/The Shins production fame, so it glistens with the same studio shine. Its finest moments — particularly lead single/breakup anthem “Now I’m All Messed Up” — lay waste to most of the charlatans working in this medium.

That makes Saturday’s sold-out show at LC Pavilion highly appealing; if you didn’t get tickets, they’ll be back in July opening for Fun.