Canadian twin sisters TEGAN AND SARA
occupy a middle ground between punk pop's overtly emotional and passionate realms and indie rock's intellectual, passive-aggressive forms. The duo's new album, The Con
, addresses relationships and memories by stacking up acute observations while the two sing together with bravado. It's the emotional directness, however, that has earned them a huge following, and led to a string of sold-out shows around the country. Geeky New York indie-rap trio Northern State opens the Fri., NOV. 16
, show. $25. 8 p.m. Roxy Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road. 404-233-7699. www.ticketmaster.com.