Tegan and Sara play intimate versions of 'Love You to Death' songs

Tegan and Sara perform "Stop Desire" live in the studios of 89.3 The Current. (Nate Ryan/MPR)
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  • Tegan and Sara - Closer (live on 89.3 The Current) 03:41
  • Tegan and Sara - Boyfriend (live on 89.3 The Current) 02:42
  • Tegan and Sara - Stop Desire (live on 89.3 The Current) 03:15

Though they're only 35, Tegan and Sara have been playing together as a duo for over 20 years. The identical twins have released eight studio albums, exploring several sides of their talent without losing touch with the poignant sincerity that's kept legions of fans following their every move.

A couple thousand of those fans packed the State Theatre on Monday night for one of the first shows on Tegan and Sara's tour behind their new album, Love You to Death. This tour features a stunning light show, including an illuminated dance floor, but they left all that behind when they visited our studio to share stripped-down versions of two songs from that album as well as one from their previous collection, 2013's Heartthrob.

Between songs, Tegan and Sara talked with Mary Lucia about "demo-itis," whether they still stay in touch with the bands they've toured with (of course they do), and the tumultuous state of U.S. politics.

Songs Performed


"Closer"
"Boyfriend"
"Stop Desire"

"Closer" is from Heartthrob (2013); "Boyfriend" and "Stop Desire" appear on Love You to Death. Both albums are available from Vapor Records.

Hosted by Mary Lucia
Produced by Anna Reed
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web feature by Jay Gabler

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  • Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara
    Tegan Quin, of Tegan and Sara, warms up for a session in The Current studio (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Tegan Quin's guitar
    Tegan Quin, of Tegan and Sara, displays a guitar designed by Lisa Hanawalt. The design was inspired by Tegan and Sara's song 'Hang on to the Night.' (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Brendan Buckley, drummer for Tegan and Sara
    Brendan Buckley, drummer for Tegan and Sara, performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Eva Gardner, bassist for Tegan and Sara
    Eva Gardner, bassist for Tegan and Sara, performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Eva Gardner and Gabriel McNair
    Eva Gardner and Gabriel McNair, bassist and keyboardist with Tegan and Sara, perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Tegan Quin, of Tegan and Sara
    Tegan Quin, of Tegan and Sara, performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara
    Sara Quin, of Tegan and Sara, performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara
    Tegan Quin, of Tegan and Sara, performs in The Current studio (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Tegan and Sara perform in The Current studio
    Tegan and Sara perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Brendan Buckley and Eva Gardner
    Brendan Buckley and Eva Gardner, drummer and bassist with Tegan and Sara, perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Tegan and Sara perform in The Current studio
    Tegan and Sara perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Tegan and Sara perform in The Current studio
    Tegan and Sara perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Tegan and Sara at The Current
    Tegan and Sara at The Current (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Tegan and Sara at The Current
    Tegan and Sara at The Current (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Tegan and Sara at The Current
    Tegan and Sara at The Current (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • Tegan and Sara at The Current
    Tegan and Sara at The Current (Nate Ryan/MPR)

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