First Aid Kit in concert at the Palace Theatre

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First Aid Kit at the Palace Theatre on January 30, 2018. (Maddy Fox for MPR)

With head-banging, strobe lights, and electric guitar solos, First Aid Kit brought a new energy to the Palace Theatre on January 30.

Sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg just released their fourth album, Ruins. The album features songs that fit the texture we've come to expect from First Aid Kit — folksy sounds with beautiful harmonies — as well as expanding the group's palette to include a harder-rocking sound.

Live, they channeled that energy with songs like "You Are the Problem Here," which expresses the sisters' frustration with the discussion surrounding sexual assault. "I think I can speak for every woman when I say that we're really really f—ing tired of being afraid," Klara said after the song ended, inspiring loud cheers.

The stage setup was simple; a white sheet behind the duo acted as a projector screen. Videos of country roads, mountains, hearts, and more were projected behind the group. The sisters were both dressed in red, with Johanna wearing a red shirt and Klara wearing a red dress. The other members of their band wore black cowboy-style shirts.

In addition to their edgier new material, First Aid Kit also delivered the warm, acoustic sound they've become known for with songs like "Postcard," which Johanna said is the "most country-sounding song we've ever written."


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Palace Theatre, St. Paul, Minn.

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    The Current will offer a live video stream of the First Aid Kit concert at the Palace Theater in Saint Paul, Minn. on January 30, 2018. (Nate Ryan | MPR)