Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan is probably just as well-known these days for her animal-rights activism and the founding of Lilith Fair as she is for her music, which doesn't seem right, somehow. After all, her lush arrangements and marked contrast in her vocal registers helped distinguish her from many of her '90s contemporaries, while her deeply personal lyrics wouldn't have been out of place decades earlier. In an era of nu-metal and Pearl Jam clones, she definitely stood out on the radio.
Note to Millennials: a "radio" is that thing with the buttons in your car you never use.
McLachlan has just released Shine On, her first album in four years, and her fans are as devoted as they were in the pre-Y2K days. This devotion inspired a more intimate approach for this tour, with fans invited onstage, selected questions pulled from a hat, and everyone basking in the transitory illusion that each of us are loved and welcome.