Tegan goes solo for side projects

Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:50pm EDT
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By Jeff Vrabel

SAVANNAH, Georgia (Billboard) - It's a big month for Tegan Quin of the Canadian sibling rock duo Tegan and Sara.

She and her twin are embarking on the final leg of their tour supporting their 2007 album "The Con," she's co-headlining a benefit event in New York with author Augusten Burroughs, and she's filming a video for her duet with Florida punk outfit Against Me!

Also, one day very soon, she will obtain her driver's license.

"In 28 years, I've never had a desire to drive," Quin told Billboard.com from Los Angeles, where she was set to shoot a video for "Borne on the FM Waves of the Heart" from Against Me!'s 2007 album "New Wave."

"In Vancouver and Manhattan you don't need a car, and I was always like, 'With gas prices, what kind of loser wants a car right now anyway?"' she said with a laugh.

But a girl she had been pursuing in Los Angeles told Quin that having to pick her up all the time was "ridiculous."

"You can't imagine the amount of times I've been badgered and harassed, in the rain carrying groceries, thinking, 'Don't care, I'm part of the solution,"' she said, laughing again.

Besides getting behind the wheel for the first time, Quin plans to step onto a stage unlike the ones she shares with her sister. On September 4 she'll perform at Spin.com's "Liner Notes" event, a music-and-literature performance at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York.   Continued...