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Aly & AJ Bring Us Back to 2005 at Their Sold Out Show

Photo Credit- Emma Roden

Imagine it’s 2005 and you just dreamt you got tickets to Aly & AJ. You daydream about seeing them for weeks and the chance of seeing them is starting to seem thin. Fast forward to May of 2019 and you’re now in your 20’s about to walk into Varsity Theater to see an Aly & AJ show.

That is exactly how it felt while I was viewing everyone in line talking and getting their tickets scanned. I barely saw anyone under the age of twenty at this show. This was a very interesting crowd to watch, especially since I grew up listening to Aly & AJ. I could definitely relate to how everyone was feeling.   

For anyone who isn’t familiar with Aly & AJ, they are two sisters who started an indie-pop duo together back in 2004. Their debut album, Into the Rush skyrocketed and became extremely popular for the generation on the cusp of millennials and gen z. Now, years later, they just released a new album, Sanctuary which was released on May 10th, 2019.

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Now here we are on May 31st, 2019 and they start their set with the newest single, “Church”. As they continue through new songs, they stop for a split second before they get the crowd screaming their heads off with an old song, “Chemicals React”. It has been a year since the last time they were in Minneapolis, and they make sure to give a lot of thank-yous to everyone who showed up helped the show to sell out.

Later in their set, they stop for a second to talk about how important these new songs are to them. Even though the pair have been writing them for a while, being able to hear the crowds on this tour sing along to them is very special to them.

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Closer to the end of the set, they cover Kacey Musgraves song, “Slow Burn”. At this point, it seems like the crowd isn’t slowing down. They keep belting out every lyric of every song. Even as the last song, which of course was “Potential Breakup Song”, starts, no one skips a beat.

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Overall, this show seemed to bring out a lot of emotions with every single guest who was there. Regardless of if you listened to Aly & AJ as a kid, I highly recommend seeing them live during this tour. Their tour is going on through July, including stops in Europe. If you want to purchase tickets, they are available on their website, for really reasonable prices may I add, here

Aly & AJ Set List:

  1. Church
  2. Star Maps
  3. Closure
  4. I Know
  5. With You
  6. Chemicals React
  7. The Distance
  8. Don’t Go Changing
  9. Promises
  10. Good Love
  11. Not Ready to Wake Up
  12. Like Whoa
  13. Take Me
  14. Rush
  15. Slow Burn (cover)
  16. No One
  17. Sanctuary
  18. Potential Breakup Song

Written by Emma Roden

Minneapolis based photographer that's always up for new events

emmarodenphotography@gmail.com for inquiries

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