There was no denying that Tegan and Sara had already established themselves as indie artists, having recorded five albums and built a rapidly-growing growing fan base, by the time they released The Con in 2007. But, due to the (ridiculously unnecessary) need to compartmentalize, some critics were unusually harsh with derogatory reviews of the album, as if they were fumbling for some easy category to put the Canadian duo into. The reality was, there was no call-to genre for it. Tegan and Sara were still building a foundation for their music, and while it may not have been their best album in a technical or aesthetic sense, for any rough edges or imperfections, it was a game changer for the duo and a wide-reaching influence upon the fans.
Tegan and Sara’s The Con X acoustic tour, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the album, includes two shows in Austin tonight and tomorrow night at the Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. Tonight’s show is sold out, but tickets are available for tomorrow’s performance. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 7. A portion of the proceeds from the tour benefit the Tegan and Sara Foundation, created to work for economic justice, health and representation of LGBTQ girls and women. Recommended.