Posted in music | pictures on September 25, 2012

photos by Jonathan McPhail

Metric @ Radio City Music Hall, 9/23/2012
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Metric played what is surely their most luxe NYC show on Sunday night (9/23) when the Toronto band headlined Radio City Music Hall in support of their new album, Synthetica. Their performance, like the album, kicked off with "Artificial Nocturne," "Youth Without Youth," and "Speed the Collapse" but Emily Haines and crew threw in old favorites as well, like "Dead Disco," "Help I'm Alive" and "Monster Hospital."

The biggest surprise of the night (which was streamed online as well) came during the encore when Lou Reed came out to sing on "The Wanderlust," which he also does on Synthetica, and then stuck around for a rendition of the Velvet Underground's classic "Pale Blue Eyes." Video of that is below.

Emily Haines, along with Polaris winner Feist and Amy Milan of Stars (who were here this weekend), are all featuring on the new Jason Collette compilation, Essential Cuts, which culls songs from the Canadian singer's carreer. The record, out today (9/25), comes bundled with his new album, Rekon. Jason will play Joe's Pub on October 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Gotye plays Radio City Music Hall tonight (9/25).

Half Moon Run opened the show, but unfortunately we missed their set. The setlist and more pictures from Metric's set are below.

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Metric / Lou Reed - "Pale Blues Eyes"

Metric w/ Lou Reed - "The Wanderlust" (live at Radio City)

Setlist: Metric @ Radio City Music Hall 9/23/2012
Artificial Nocturne
Youth Without Youth
Speed the Collapse
Dreams So Real
Empty
Help I'm Alive
Synthetica
Clone
Breathing Underwater
Sick Muse
Dead Disco
Stadium Love

Encore:
Black Sheep
Monster Hospital
The Wanderlust (with Lou Reed)
Pale Blue Eyes (with Lou Reed)
Gold Guns Girls
Gimme Sympathy

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Comments (16)

Songs are "Artificial Nocturne" and "Monster Hospital."

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 11:26 AM

meh

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 11:28 AM

How was the turnout? Lots of competition that night.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 11:28 AM

I have to get out more. I've never heard of Metric, and here they are playing RCMH. And Uncle Lou comes out for a cameo? Damn.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 11:29 AM

It was a mostly full house. The first mezz was full, the other two were about 60 percent full.

It was the first Radio City show for an indie band in a very long time that wasn't a rip off in terms of set list and content. Unlike say, Vampire Weekend, Iron and Wine, Florence and The Machine, Metric's set was fairly long and loaded with everything one could hope to hear. Oh, and Lou Reed. This was a great show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 11:32 AM

who was that old grumpy jew ?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 11:52 AM

^ I think that was Patti Smith, and for the record she looks better than the last time I saw her

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 12:05 PM

hey 11:28, its meh-tric

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 1:19 PM

I'm a big Lou/VU fan, but he sounded like a corpse on the Metric record.

and it doesn't get better live.

this is awful.

Posted by SummerFridays | September 25, 2012 1:32 PM

Half Moon Run was pretty great. Check em outttt.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 2:29 PM

Lou Reed makes Dylan look like Justin Fuckin' Beiber..

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 5:25 PM

Heroin is bad kids.....watch the first 30 seconds of video #1 for the proof.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 6:55 PM

those legs. yum/

Posted by Pixelterror | September 25, 2012 9:56 PM

I was expecting this to get cancelled for low ticket sales. I didn't think that many people would pay that much money to see Metric. Good for them, I like them. I mean not 'pay $50' like them... Sure there wasn't a last minute Groupon or something?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2012 10:21 PM

they are great live.

Posted by mike | July 17, 2013 3:14 PM

Aashha always amazing

Posted by Chat Coterie | September 23, 2013 3:18 PM

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