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Ryan Adams, Hayley Williams, Grimes & more to cover Tegan & Sara’s ‘The Con’

The Con X Covers

Tegan & Sara are celebrating the tenth anniversary of 2007’s The Con with a tour where they’ll perform “acoustic and intimate arrangements” of the album in full. In addition, they’ve also put together a collection of 14 artists covering the songs of the album. The Con X: Covers will be released via Warner Bros. October 20, and a vinyl edition will be available December 22. Proceeds from the album, along with a portion of proceeds from the tour, will go to the Tegan & Sara Foundation, which “fights for health, economic justice and representation for LGBTQ girls and women.”

The artists contributing covers to The Con X range in style from pop to hip-hop to electronic; see the full tracklist below. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Hayley Williams of Paramore‘s take on “Nineteen,” which I think is an excellent stylistic match, and Mykki Blanco‘s cover of “Knife Going In,” which could take that song to very interesting places. Also of note are Ryan Adams doing “Back in Your Head,” Kelly Lee Owens for “Soil, Soil,” Shamir for “Like O, Like H,” Cyndi Lauper doing a bonus cover of “Back in Your Head,” and Trashique, a collaboration between Grimes and Hana doing “Dark Come Soon.” Tegan & Sara themselves also contribute a demo of “Miami Still” as a bonus digital track to the album.

Tegan & Sara’s The Con tour stops in NYC’s Kings Theatre on November 8, and tickets are on sale. Before that, they’ll play Friday at The Meadows Music & Arts Festival (which you can enter to win a pair of VIP passes to).

In a 2010 interview between Hayley Williams and Tegan & Sara, Hayley said “Nineteen” has always been one of her favorite T&S songs. Watch that interview below:

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The Con X: Covers tracklist
1. Ruth B. – I Was Married
2. MUNA – Relief Next to Me
3. Shura – The Con
4. Mykki Blanco – Knife Going In
5. PVRIS – Are You Ten Years Ago
6. Ryan Adams – Back in Your Head
7. City and Colour – Hop a Plane
8. Kelly Lee Owens – Soil, Soil
9. Bleachers – Burn Your Life Down
10. Hayley Williams of Paramore – Nineteen
11. Sara Bareilles – Floorplan
12. Shamir – Like O, Like H
13. Trashique (GRIMES X HANA) – Dark Come Soon
14. CHVRCHES – Call it Off

Digital Bonus Tracks
15. Cyndi Lauper – Back in Your Head
16. Bleached – One Second
17. Vivek Shraya – I Take All the Blame
18. Tegan and Sara – Miami Still (Demo)

Tegan & Sara 2017 Tour
9/15 Queens, NY The Meadows Music & Arts Festival
10/20 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre
10/21 Las Vegas, CA Palms Casino Resort – The Pearl Concert Theater
10/23 Los Angeles, CA The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/24 Los Angeles, CA The Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/25 San Francisco, CA The Masonic
10/26 Portland, OR Revolution Hall
10/27 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
10/28 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/30 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
10/31 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
11/2 Winnipeg, MB Pantages Playhouse Theatre
11/3 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
11/4 Chicago, IL Oriental Theatre
11/5 Detroit, MI Masonic Temple – The Cathedral Theatre
11/6 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
11/8 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
11/9 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
11/10 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
11/11 Washington, DC The Anthem
11/13 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
11/15 Austin, TX Paramount
11/16 Austin, TX Paramount

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