Review: Tegan and Sara at the Orpheum

Tegan and Sara, live at the Orpheum, February 13, 2010
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 18, 2010
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PHOTOS: Tegan and Sara at the Orpheum

PHOTOS:Tegan and Sara at the Ames Hotel

VIDEO:Tegan and Sara acoustic session at Boston's Ames Hotel

Considering that it was Valentine's Day eve and identical twins Tegan and Sara are currently the indie pop darlings of the gay world, one would expect to find a whole lot of grrrl power flowing at the Orpheum last Saturday night -- and there was. However, I was surprised to find a fair number of fratty-looking dudes sipping tall cups of Bud Light in the crowded lobby pre-show, and looking almost as psyched to be there as the girls they escorted.

The next revelation of the night came from the second opening act: a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter so talented I did the aural equivalent of a double-take as soon as she opened her mouth. Holly Miranda, a tiny brunette with shaggy hair falling into her eyes, captured the audience's initially scattered attention at first note. Her small stature belies a powerfully throaty voice -- the smoky, soulful croon of a 1920s lounge singer, crossed with the pipes of Chan Marshall and Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine).

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