Heartthrob), instead remaining perennial festival staples and mega-show openers for the likes of Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Yet Warner has been relentlessly pushing their records, through its affiliated Vapor and Sire labels, for much of the millennium, even after the duo themselves suggested moving to a smaller label a while back. In a way, Tegan and Sara’s perpetual “major underdog” status serves their songwriting, which, while Taylor Swift–level poppy ’n’ glossy for the past two albums, retains a confessional, journal-entry indie intimacy well suited to theaters, where their trademark between-song banter better translates. Also at the Observatory on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and the Orpheum on Friday, Sept. 30.
Somebody at Warner Bros. Records really, really believes in electro-poppers Tegan and Sara. The once singer-songwriter–y Canadian twins have never quite achieved the arena-headlining status they’ve at times openly craved (see 2013’s über-produced