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Tegan and Sara 

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On the page, the foundering love affairs Tegan and Sara Quin chronicle are merely reminders of how wrought with anguish a person's early 20s can be. Sung, however, their lyrics take on a tone of restless self-discovery so affecting you might wax nostalgic for the days when every doomed relationship seemed like a puzzle you could solve if you just kept talking it to death. Their latest disc, So Jealous (Vapor/Sanctuary), completes their evolution from earnest folk duo to power-pop whizzes, with a backing band (featuring members of the Rentals, the Smugglers, and the New Pornographers) capable of rejuvenating even that most tired of alt-rock cliches: the overpronounced dynamic shift. On the title track, for instance, choppy acoustic guitar gives way to an oscillating synth, which in turn cuts abruptly into a double-time bit--and only then does the sing-along chorus burst forth. And if their pledge of codependence on "Fix You Up" feels naively hopeful, they reveal a more mature perspective on the self-conscious "You Wouldn't Like Me," wondering, "Do I cause new heartbreak to write a new broken song?" Oh, almost forgot--Tegan and Sara are twins, Canadians, and lesbians, bits of trivia that seem vastly more important to writers than they do to the Quins. Northern State and Marjorie Fair open. Fri 10/7, 6:30 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203 or 312-559-1212, $16. All ages.

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