December 19th 2013
Paying homage to the late Lou Reed, a close fried of Emily Haines and collaborator on the band’s latest album “Synthetica”, Metric took the Late Show with David Letterman stage to perform a cover of the rock legend’s “Pale Blue Eyes”. Watch below.
The band performed the cover alongside Lou himself back in 2012, at NY’s Radio City Music Hall.
“Persuading him to play “Pale Blue Eyes” when he joined Metric onstage for “The Wanderlust” at Radio City Music Hall in 2012 required a more nuanced approach and I’ll always remember the golden look of approval he gave our guitarist, Jimmy Shaw, when he played that delicate guitar line onstage that night.” — Read Emily’s heartfelt tribute to Lou Reed, published via Rolling Stone.
December 4th 2013
Less than a month after revealing their cosmic Justin Broadbent-directed cut for “Synthetica”, Metric have today unveiled a brand new video for “Lost Kitten”. Directed by Sammy Rawal and and shot over two days in Mexico City. “Lost Kitten” tells a gorgeous story of an unusual search for home. It follows acclaimed ballroom dancer/actor Sheldon McIntosh (otherwise known as Tynomi Banks, the name he goes by when performing in drag in his native Toronto) and showcases Rawal’s hyper-stylized approach in the use of bold color and unique choreography. Watch now!
November 15th 2013
As part of NPR’s “Sense of Place: Toronto” series, Metric’s Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw performed some stripped-down cuts from their latest album “Synthetica”: “Synthetica”, “Live It Out”, “Gimme Sympathy”, and “Breathing Underwater”.
Listen now on NPR.
Metric are currently finishing up a mammoth US tour alongside Paramore, which recently saw them dominate at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. While in town, the band also dropped by The Late Show with David Letterman for this killer rendition of “Synthetica”, before heading to Bowery Ballroom for a last minute surprise intimate headline show.
November 12th 2013
Today marks the official release of “Synthetica Reflections”, an instrumental remake of the original “Synthetica” album performed entirely on analog synthesizers and produced by the band’s guitarist Jimmy Shaw — previously exclusive to a select number of streaming services, “Synthetica Reflections” is available to purchase now on iTunes.
To accompany the “Synthetica Reflections” release, the band have also released their brand new “Synthetica” mobile app! Created for iPad and iPhone, the app allows users to remix and rework the entire “Synthetica” album — watch a quick demonstration from Emily and Jimmy below, and grab it from the App Store now.
Metric are currently touring the US alongside Paramore, with a handful of intimate headline shows in OR, NC, VA, ME, WI, and OH. Tickets and a full itinerary can be found here.
Watch Metric’s brand new video for “Synthetica” below.
November 5th 2013
Following a week-long social countdown, Metric have unveiled their brand new video for “Synthetica”! Directed by long-time Metric collaborator (and Synthetica atwork designer) Justin Broadbent, the video sees Emily moving through the hypnotic, repeating image of an art gallery collapsing in on itself… you know, the stuff that GIF gold is made of.
The video precedes the official release of “Synthetica Reflections” on November 12, an instrumental remake of the original “Synthetica” album, performed entirely on analog synthesizers and produced by the band’s guitarist, James Shaw. The album was previously available only via select streaming services. On that same day the band will also release an official “Synthethica” app, stayed tuned for more info.
September 16th 2013
Next month, Metric are heading out on the road with Paramore and HelloGoodbye for a mammoth US tour.
Not content with the 27 date arena stint, the band have also added in a handful intimate headline shows in OR, NC, VA, ME, WI & OH. Tickets on sale now!
10/16 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater (Tickets)
11/06 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Memorial Hall (Tickets)
11/07 – Richmond, VA @ The National (Tickets)
11/16 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre (Tickets)
11/22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
11/25 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
July 23rd 2013
From October 15th to November 27th Polaris Prize nominee Metric will be making a different kind of stir, supporting Paramore, Hellogoodbye supporting them both.
Tickets are on presale this Thursday, July 25th (10am-10pm). All you need is the password: FIREWORKS, and you’re good to go. General sale opens Friday. Buy tickets here!
Watch Paramore’s tour announcement video. #PARATOUR. Tour dates follow.
Oct 15 – Key Arena – Seattle, WA
Oct 18 – HP Pavilion – San Jose, CA
Oct 19 – Honda Center – Anaheim, CA
Oct 22 – Save Mart Center – Fresno, CA
Oct 23 – Viejas Arena – San Diego, CA
Oct 26 – Grand Prairie Verizon Theatre – Dallas, TX
Oct 27 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
Oct 29 – Independence Events Center – Kansas City, MO
Oct 30 – Fabulous Fox Theater – St. Louis, MO
Nov 1 – Austin360 Amphitheater – Austin, TX
Nov 4 – BB&T Center – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov 5 – UCF Convocation Center – Orlando, FL
Nov 8 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
Nov 9 – Patriot Center – Fairfax, VA
Nov 11 – Sands Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA
Nov 13 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Nov 15 – DCU Center – Boston, MA
Nov 17 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
Nov 21 – The Palace Of Auburn Hills – Detroit, MI
Nov 23 – Roy Wilkins Auditorium – St. Paul, MN
Nov 24 – UIC Pavilion – Chicago, IL
Nov 26 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
Nov 27 – The Arena at Gwinnett Center – Atlanta, GA
July 16th 2013
The Polaris Music Prize is an annual award given to the best full-length Canadian album, as determined by, primarily, artistic merit, and then record sales of course. For 2013, we are finally close to learning the recipient with today’s release of the prize’s shortlist, featuring a number of talented musicians: Tegan and Sara, METZ, Purity Ring. But hey, we’re hedging our bets on our own Metric; no doubt you’ll be walking home with the 30k check over your shoulder this year.
Here’s the official nomination page.
In related news, the Polaris Prize have just opened their annual poster design competition for each of the shortlisted records… meaning, get out your colored pencils, computer-design programs and whatnot, and you could see your artwork featured at the competition, receive $200, and, naturally, a high level of respect from your artistic peers. For more info: http://polarismusicprize.ca/poster-design. See the design for ’09s winning Metric poster below. See others here.
July 10th 2013
Sounds too good to be true? Oh, don’t be so cynical. If you live in, or happen to be visiting, Chicago this July 27th, all you gotta do is request a ticket and you’ll be 100% set to see the one and only Metric at this month’s edition of Red Bull Sound Select Presents, Chi-town-style. (And, just my bet, you’ll probably get a free can of Red Bull too.)
And in case you want to see what it might be like, Wavves hit up So-Cal for the LA edition of the same series. You can check out rockin’ some pics right here.
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