By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Jan 15, 2008 at 10:09 AM

They were included in just about everyone's Best of 2007 lists thanks to their critically acclaimed album "The Con," which was produced by Death Cab's Chris Walla.

But the music world's love affair with Tegan and Sara extends much further back than that. The siblings were barely out of high school when they signed with Neil Young's Vapor Records and toured with Rufus Wainwright.

"If It Was You" and "So Jealous" came out in 2002 and 2004, respectively, teaming up the sisters with members of the New Pornographers and The Smugglers.

Last year's "The Con" welcomed contributions from Death Cab For Cutie drummer Jason McGerr, guitar virtuoso Kaki King, AFI's Hunter Burgan and The Rentals' Matt Sharp.

The Canadian indie pop twins are now preparing for an extensive tour that brings them to Milwaukee's Pabst Theater on Wednesday, May 7 at 8 p.m.

They play at the Barrymore Theater in Madison the night before, May 6. 

Tickets are $25 (reserved) and go on sale Friday, Jan. 18 at noon at The Pabst and Riverside Theater box offices, on the Web at and, or by calling (414) 286-3663, or (800) 511-1552.

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”