Entries tagged with: METZ
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METZ & 'Songs of Darkness' @ Pop Montreal 2013
Back before Montreal was in NYC for CMJ, NYC was in Montreal for the annual Pop Montreal festival which we began by seeing DIANA and Empress Of followed by The Dodos, Braids, Suuns, Patrick Watson & more. After that came How Sad, Valleys, Angel Olsen, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Leif Vollebekk & more, and then Yellowman and Josey Wales, Brendan Canning, Pat Jordache, Secret Sun, Shuggie Otis & more. Day four went like this...
The final day of Pop Montreal was a light one. Everyone's sleep-deprived, yawns are everywhere and honestly, I don't know if I've been this exhausted at SXSW. The after parties at the church go well into the night. Such was the dancehall celebration the night before with Yellowman and Josey Wales and Sunday would prove to be the same as METZ closed out the festival, taking the stage well, well after midnight.
Before that though, there were still some tasty things on the menu and the day included one last trip to Divan Orange for Royal Canoe, and Fire/Works, and brunch.
I saw Royal Canoe open for of Montreal at Savannah Stopover earlier this year and was excited to catch their set but slow moving buses and traffic along Avenue de Parc - courtesy of a Canadian Football League game at McGill Stadium and a separate protest in Jeanne-Mance Park against the pending Charter of Quebec Values bill - meant I would only catch their last two songs. Still the sextet - who, like many bands at Pop, have a new record out (called Today We're Believers) - sounded great with two drummers, catchy hooks and enough good time rock-pop to get people moving mid-afternoon on a Sunday.
Then Fire/Works, the Montreal duo of Jonathan Peters and David Lagacé, followed with a much quieter set of folky songs.
A quick trip to Pop Quarters to unload my last drink ticket and then it was off to the Rialto for Patrick Watson's Songs of Darkness. Going well over two hours, the night was full of haunting, dark songs featuring a rotating cast of Montreal artists including Laurel Sprengelmeyer (Little Scream,) AroarA featuring Andrew Whiteman (Apostle of Hustle) and Ariel Engle, Leif Vollebekk, Lil' Andy and a lot more.
My first introduction to Watson was his Sacred Sunday on the last day of Pop in 2010 and this followed the same artist rotation policy as Songs of Darkness. It was one of the highlights of that festival and this performance at the Rialto was easily one of the highlights of my 2013 Pop. I kind of wish they were recording these performances cause they were all stellar.
I left at the two-hour mark to make my way to Cabaret Mile End for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. It was my first time seeing them since 2006 and I really enjoyed their set. They've weathered being indie/blogosphere darlings and have lost a few members along the way, but the band has a new EP out and the Mile End crowd was ready to dance to old favorites like "Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth" and "Satan Said Dance."
From there I headed over to Casa Del Popolo where the Best of the Festival was going on and caught another set by Thus:Owls which was nice but following the gorgeous backdrop/sunset the night before, plus growing exhaustion on my part, their set came off a little underwhelming.
A quick stop for poutine and then over to the final show of the festival: METZ. I first saw METZ at Il Motore during Pop 2012 (a few weeks before they played the BV-Non-CMJ day party) when a guy thrashed his head so hard he hit the monitor and was bleeding during their entire set. Talk about making a lasting impression.
They took the stage at 2am and as the mosh pit grew in numbers with each song, lead singer Alex Edkins eventually passed down the only rule of the night during a very short break between songs: "If somebody falls down, pick them back up, kiss them on the cheek and pat them on the ass."
From there it was one song after another - barely a chance to catch your breath between songs they came so fast - the band thrashing about on stage, fans being passed over one another, a dash for the stage to springboard back into the crowd, and a lot of moshing.
It was the home stretch and with a flagging group of festival attendees, METZ duly fired us up and hauled us across the finish line.
More pictures from the final day, below...
Metric @ Radio City Music Hall 2012 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
The 2013 winner of Canada's Polaris Music Prize will be named tonight (9/23) at a gala ceremony in Toronto that will include live performances from Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, A Tribe Called Red, Whitehorse, Zaki Ibrahim, and Young Galaxy. (The other nominees, Godspeed and Tegan & Sara, won't be playing.) Weren't invited? You can stream the whole thing live. The pre-show begins at 7 PM with the ceremony starting at 8 PM Eastern. One neat thing about the stream, the embedded player in this post allows you to toggle between the actual gala and backstage where you can "interact with performers, past nominees, presenters, and Polaris jury members" via Facebook and Twitter.
You can also check out mini-documentaries on eight of this year's nominees, along with the live stream, below.
photos by Wei Shi; words by Fred Pessaro
Death Grips /
Its really a sad state of affairs when a band making a scheduled appearance is news, but nevertheless it was somewhat of a surprise that Death Grips did make their headlining appearance (on the Miranda stage) at the first day of FYF Fest in LA on Saturday (8/24) while Yeah Yeah Yeahs played at the adjacent Carrie stage (yes, stages were named after Sex & The City characters). The two-day festival, which took place in LA State Historic Park over the weekend, also featured many other notables, including appearances from TV on the Radio, FLAG, a reunion set from The Locust, as well as sets from names like The Breeders, Waxahatchee, METZ, Joyce Manor, Ty Segall (who's in NYC for two shows this week), and more. Pictures from FYF including all of the mentioned artists above -- as well as shots of Jim Hamilton, Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiana, Crystal Antlers, Charles Bradley, Toro y Moi, Classixx, Nosaj Thing, comedians and more -- are in this post.
We'll have pictures from Day 2 soon. More pics from FYF Fest Day 1 below...
In the latest installment of the AV Club "Undercover" series, Toronto punks METZ take on "Neat Neat Neat," the opening track on The Damned's 1977 debut, Damned Damned Damned. It's a great track for them, and they do it the justice it deserves.
Head below to watch the video of METZ playing the song live outside Chicago's Parson's Chicken & Fish Restaurant (fyi: the video autoplays, sorry).
The short list for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize, Canada's annual award for a great album, has been announced. It includes Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Metric, METZ, Purity Ring, Colin Stetson, Tegan & Sara, and more. The winner will be announced at a gala in Toronto on September 23. Who do you think it will be? Check out the full short list below.
Toronto punks Metz, who just made a video for "Get Off" off their self titled debut LP and are being featured in the 'Live at Death by Audio 2012' flexi blook, have now released a new song, "Can't Understand." The song is part of the Adult Swim Singles program, and you can check out, along with the schedule of remaining Adult Swim singles, below (via Consequence of Sound).
Song stream and a video of Metz performing the track below...
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
It probably goes without saying that long-running Williamsburg DIY spot Death by Audio gets a lot of good shows. Many of those are recorded -- you may have noticed a microphone sticking out of the drop-ceiling tiles. DbA has cherry-picked a dozen of the best moments from last year for a book of flexis simply titled Live at Death by Audio 2012 that is being released by Famous Class at the end of July. That's the cover art above.
Bands featured include JEFF the Brotherhood, METZ, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, and A Place to Bury Strangers. It also features art by Brian Chippendale, Dave Singley, Perry Lubin, Matt Leins, Ron Rege Jr, Jon Vermilyea, and Brendan Nakahara.
Pre-orders are available now and comes with not only a digital version of the flexis but also a recording of the full Oh Sees / Ty Segall show. Full track list below.
METZ at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, May 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
METZ are here to make you "Get Off." The new video from the Canadian noise-rock trio was directed by fellow countryman (and Sub Pop labelmate) Chad VanGaalen who gives the video an odball animated treatment. Check out that video below.
In the meantime, METZ are readying an appearance at Sled Island and Sub Pop's Silver Jubilee (CVG will be there too) have announced more new tour dates. These guys just don't stop. Sadly most are across the pond in the EU and no new NYC shows. All updated shows are below.
Quicksand @ Webster Hall recently (more by Rebecca Reed)
We get a lot of great free shows here in NYC (like The Walkmen and Solange as part of Northside this weekend) but we have to admit this week of free all-ages shows Converse has lined up at San Francisco club Slim's later this month is pretty crazy (though they may be pretty hard to get into). We'd happily spend the whole week there if we could. The line-ups are:
Converse Represent series in San FranciscoThe only way to go is to fill out the entry form before June 18 and "winning ticket holders will be notified via email soon after with instructions on how and when to retrieve their tickets." All events, "which lead up to the grand opening of the Converse San Francisco retail store on June 28", will take place at Slim's in San Francisco.
Jun 23 - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, DIIV, Metz, Tamaryn, The She's
JUN 24 -Deltron 3030, Juicy J, Blackalicious, Angel Haze, Special Guest
JUN 25 - Hot Chip, Tycho, Blackbird Blackbird, Social Studies
JUN 26 - Quicksand, Mastodon, High On Fire, Saviours, Hot Lunch
JUN 27 - Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket From The Crypt, Ceremony, Special Guests
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
photos by Dylan Johnson
METZ @ Bowery Ballroom 4/17/2013
Do you prefer it when a band makes you feel a) happy, b) sad, or c) like you're being smashed over the head repeatedly with an iron bar?After a wild-n-sweaty show at Shea Stadium on Tuesday, METZ's tour brought the noise to Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night (4/17). I wondered whether the crowd at 18+ venue Bowery would be anything like Shea's all-ages mayhem, and clearly it was at least a little. As you can see in the pictures in this post, Slorach bandanged his facial wound in true punk fashion with duct tape.
If it's one of the first two, then maybe music isn't your thing. But if it's the latter of these choices, then seek out Metz immediately. The Toronto trio played last night at the Bowery Ballroom and rocked so hard that blood was spilled. Quite literally.
Three songs into their set of visceral, pulsating noise-punk, bassist Chris Slorach was forced to leave the stage for a couple of minutes to take care of a nosebleed. The eruption of claret was triggered after he was hit square in the face by a projectile thrown by an overexcited member of the crowd. It wasn't done in malice- it's just that Metz's hardcore onslaught is the sort of music that elicits extreme reactions. And those ones are often the best. - [NY Post]
It was an all-Toronto night featuring industrial garage from tourmates Odonis Odonis and psych-punk from The Soupcans, making for a great, loud night all around. Check out more shots from Wednesday's show below...
photos by Lukas Hodge; words by Bill Pearis
METZ at Shea, 4/16/2013
It was a show that had to happen at some point or another: "METZ play Shea Stadium." And what was a funny joke, the Toronto noisemakers took to the full hilt last night (4/16) at the Bushwick DIY space, as bassist Chris Slorach came onstage wearing the Mr. Met head. There were also very nice screenprinted posters just for the occasion, and the amped crowd chanted "Let's go Metz!" in between songs. This was the second sweatiest METZ show I've seen (last summer at DBA when they blew the power was the most drenched), and the crowd and band were having fun. I'm sure Bowery Ballroom tonight will be great, but I doubt we'll see the the fan reaction you get at an all-ages show like this one. (On the plus side, it will be air conditioned.) And in this case, all-ages meant a lot of 30-somethings (40-somethings?) too, probably the oldest median age I've even seen at Shea. Like always, METZ hit it out of the park. I could not resist, but they did melt the place. Did I mention it was hot in there?
I got there just as fellow Torontonians Odonis Odonis finished their set, unfortunately, but our photographer was luckily not as tardy. Both bands will be at Bowery Ballroom tonight (4/17), along with another Toronto band, The Soupcans, and tickets are still available. More pics from last night's Shea Stadium show are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Death at BrooklynVegan SXSW party - 3/15/13
Rediscovered Detroit protopunk legends Death are still around, and as they mentioned at our BrooklynVegan Thursday SXSW party, they've got a new album coming out this year. Though details on that album are still sparse, we'll most likely get a chance to hear some of the material when they play a one-off in NYC on July 1 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check LPR's site for updates.
UPDATE: Tickets are on sale now. Rough Francis and The Everymen open the show.
At our SXSW party, Death played our punk-oriented stage which also included sets from Cloud Nothings, METZ, The Spits, Milk Music, Single Mothers, and Rough Francis (whose lineup features sons of the members of Death). A belated set of pictures of Death and all the other bands on that stage is in this post.
More pictures, and a full stream of Death's 1974-recorded, 2009-released For The Whole World To See, below...
by Bill Pearis
Toronto's Odonis Odonis release their new EP, Better, this week (4/16). Forging industrial elements with heavy blasts of garage-pysch, it's a paint-peeler of a record. You can stream the EP's title track below.
The band are currently on tour with their noisy neighbors, METZ, which includes two shows in NYC this week. They were good when I caught them at M for Montreal last year so if you're going to Shea Stadium on Tuesday (4/16, sold out) or Bowery on Wednesday (4/17, tickets) do get there early and check 'em out. The Bowery Ballroom show is also with a third Toronto band, The Soupcans, who played Death by Audio last night (4/14). Odonis Odonis' tour wraps up at Austin Psych Fest, and all tour dates are listed below.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
METZ @ BV SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As mentioned, METZ (who played one of our SXSW day parties last week) are currently on tour and will rip into NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on April 17. That show is not sold out, but if you'd rather go see them somewhere a little smaller and sweatier (and all-ages), they Toronto trio have just added a show the day before (4/16) at Shea Stadium with tourmates Odonis Odonis. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday at 10 AM.
Updated METZ dates are below.
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
Beach Fossils/The Spits/Parenthetical Girls
The second of our four SXSW day parties at connected Austin venues The Main and The Jr. happened Thursday (3/15). In addition to Cloud Nothings' joyously raucous set, The Main was fairly wild all day. We got reunited Detroit protopunk legends Death, fellow Micheganites The Spits, Pacific Northwest fuzz-freaks Milk Music, highly-excitable Canadians METZ, plus Rough Francis and Single Mothers.
Meanwhile on The Jr. stage, things were a little more indie, with a double shot headlinging sets from two Captured Tracks bands, Widowspeak and Beach Fossils. Not to mention: Dutch artist Jacco Gardner made amazingly precise recreations of late-'60s baroque pysche pop; Scotland's PAWS did raw-throated, seriously catchy yell-alongs; Parenthetical Girls kept Austin strange during their mesmerizing set; Toronto's Moon King gave a dose of shoegaze; plus Japanese singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru and the folky sounds of J. Thoven. What a day!
For those reading this in NYC, don't forget Parenthetical Girls play Glasslands on March 25 (tickets) and Bowery Electric on March 26 (tickets); and Jacco Gardner plays Mercury Lounge on March 23 with his Trouble in Mind labelmates Mmoss (tickets)
In addition to the music, Onkyo was there, sampling their new headphones which hit stores next month. mophie, maker of invaluable iPhone chargers, were giving away discount cards good at their pop-up shop which was set up right across the street on Red River.. We were also serving complimentary Jameson, and Zico coconut water, free vegan queso and chips from Food For Lovers, and free vegan breakfast tacos from Pink Avocado. We also had BrooklynVegan t-shirts for the first 50 people in the door, thanks to American Apparel. Also thanks to our other sponsors, Korg, Vox, Blackstar, Creative Recreation, Signazon, Mirrored Media, ASCAP, and Redigi.
Our free Friday day party at The Main and The Jr. just got underway. The Main stage will be crowded for 20-something headliners The Polyphonic Spree, and that side will also have sets from Akron/Family, The Thermals, Shout Out Louds, Diamond Rings, TOY, and Half Moon Run.
The Jr. stage today is curated by out loud brethren at Invisible Oranges, with Today is the Day, Pallbearer, Royal Thunder, Inter Arma Batillus, and Babtists.
Then tonight is the official BrooklynVegan showcase at Maggie Mae's Rooftop with 3421, Brooke Candy, Giraffage, Man Without Country, Mykki Blanco, Pictureplane, The Underachievers, XXYYXX, and Zebra Katz. If you're in Austin, come on down!
More pics from Thursday's day party are below.
As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP.
The Jesus and Mary Chain, Explosions in the Sky, Swans, Divine Fits, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Colin Stetson, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mac DeMarco and Metz are the first confirmed artists to be announced for the 2013 Sled Island Festival which will happen June 19 - 22 at 30+ venues in Calgary, Alberta. This year's fest, now in its seventh year, is being curated by Tim Hecker & John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees. Around 250 bands are expected to be a part of Sled Island this year, plus art, film and comedy. Festival Discovery passes are on sale now.
METZ at Knitting Factory, Nov 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Canadian noise-punks METZ have returned with a new video for "Wasted," from their self-titled Sub Pop debut. Check out that video below.
As discussed, METZ will play Bowery Ballroom on April 17 (tickets) as part of a larger tour that will also take them to SXSW. Look for the band to play the BrooklynVegan Day Party at the old Emo's location on Thursday (3/14)! More info on that party coming soon.
Tour dates and that video are below.
by Bill Pearis
Montreal's No Joy are set to return with their new album, Wait to Pleasure, which comes out April 23 via Mexican Summer. Working in a proper studio for the first time -- with Violens' Jorge Elbrecht at the helm -- the band are still in the hazy shoegaze world, but where previous records were focused on noise and volume, the new one aims for atmospheric, ethereal textures. So less Swervedriver, more Lush if that means anything to you. Stream the dreamy first single, "Lunar Phobia," below.
No Joy have dates coming up with Clinic and Metz, neither of which jaunts will hit NYC but hopefully they'll play here soon. All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Greys (photo by Jesse Crowe)
Toronto noise punks Greys formed about two years ago when singer/guitarist Shehzaad Jiwani teamed up with high school pal Cam Graham (guitar) and began playing the type of abrasive guitar-based rock they grew up on. They eventually brought in drummer Braeden Craig and bassist Colin Gillespie, and turned Greys into the four-piece touring force that they are. They surfaced with the Ultra Sorta EP in 2011, followed by the Easy Listening EP in 2012, and they're about to drop their heaviest release yet, the Drift EP, on February 12 via their new home, Kind of Like Records. It was recorded by Josh Korody (of Beliefs) at Toronto studio Candle Recording (Owen Pallett, Austra, Doldrums, and more). That EP is making its premiere in this post, and you can stream it in its entirety below.
An easy comparison to make for Greys is their Toronto neighbors METZ (who're touring), but like that band, Greys have reached back to the noise rock-meets-post hardcore of early '90s bands like Drive Like Jehu, The Jesus Lizard, Unsane... the list goes on. You'll also hear elements of My War-era Black Flag sludge, Seattle scene grunge, and straight-ahead fast punk. Plus, the band are working on a full length right now and according to Shehzaad, one of the songs they're working on "sounds like early Sloan, or Guided by Voices, or Pavement."
Greys might look to the past for influence, but not without a wink in their eye. "Hey, we're late to the party," they shout on "Drag," with the sort of post-modern notion that nothing's really original anyway. And they do this while playing with the kind of urgency where nothing in the world matters for two and a half minutes except playing the hell out of their songs. The guitars are thick, the drums pound away in fury, and Shehzaad shouts with a burning passion as he delivers lines like, "We have no marching song to overthrow our leadership/We have no teenage anthem to make ourselves feel like shit," on "Drag," which itself could end up making a pretty good case for being either of those things. "Drag" is the EP's second track, and it's sandwiched between the fast-paced opener "Carjack" and the notably longer closing track, "Pill," a song about medical issues which opens with a discordant swagger and ends with the band literally sounding like they're drowning and screaming out for help.
Greys don't have a tour booked at the moment, but they're expected to head to the US and stop in Manhattan and Brooklyn this March, so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, I just spoke to Shehzaad about the making of the EP, the Toronto scene that they come from, and a pretty crazy experience the band had the last time they played NYC. You can head below to read that interview and listen to a stream of the Drift EP.
METZ at Knitting Factory, Nov 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
METZ are keeping busy -really busy- this year with some intense touring that will last them into June. The three-piece Toronto noise-punk crew are currently in the EU through middle March, but will fly out to SXSW to complete their first leg of dates. After a couple weeks off of the road, the touring will continue in Montreal as part of a North American tour including NYC at Bowery Ballroom on April 17. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/8) at noon.
All tour dates and a recent Pitchfork video are below.
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...