Entries tagged with: Metric
Gang Gang Dance soundchecking today (MilkStudiosNYLA)
That's a picture of Gang Gang Dance soundchecking for tonight/Thursday's LnA Fashion Week afterparty at Milk Studios tonight (9/9). It's the same party that Patti Smith and Metric played last year, and it's the same venue Metric is rumored to be playing again this year during the Richard Chai fashion show happening Monday, 9/13 at 10am.
most of the photos by Josh Darr
Lady Gaga & Semi Precious Weapons (pic via Krista Davis)
"Lollapalooza wheeled out some big headliners in its sixth year on the Chicago lakefront, as a record 240,000 people poured into Grant Park over three days to see 130 performers, including Lady Gaga, Green Day and reunited grunge-era icons Soundgarden.The 2010 edition of Lollapalooza went down in Chicago on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A set of pictures from the first two of those days, continue below...
Size matters at Lollapalooza, as the festival expanded its reach westward by shutting down Columbus Avenue and spreading eight stages across 110 acres, up from 80 acres in previous years. Columbus Avenue was converted into a giant sidewalk lined with portable toilets, a simple but effective improvement that allowed fans to avoid the dreaded Buckingham Fountain bottleneck that had turned previous festivals into human traffic jams. The festival topped its previous three-day record of 225,000, reached the last two years.
Still, there was little room during some performances at the northernmost stages on Butler Field, where fans jostled shoulder-to-shoulder for space to see performances by Metric, Phoenix and Arcade Fire. Note to Austin, Texas-based promoters C3 Presents: How about widening the southern entrance to Butler Field or moving one of the stages onto Columbus Drive to relieve what is becoming an annual problem? It's only going to get worse if the festival approaches its new capacity of 95,000 a day in future years." [Chicago Tribune]
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
"Metric played the exact same set (shaved a song or two) in the exact same way as they did at Terminal 5 a few months ago but with two big differences.The first was they kicked off with the now well known "Eclipse (All Yours)", their big deal single from their big deal appearance on the Twilight soundtrack, which is apparently some big deal with a lot of people (I wouldn't know, I refuse to watch anything in which vampires sparkle in the sun instead of burn). The live performance was infinitely better than the record. It fit right into the Metric mold. The other big difference was the band sounded better as a whole in the open air of Prospect Park than they did at the acoustic horror of Terminal 5. Same band, same performance, better venue = the awesome thunder of Metric in full display." [Sonic Parthenon]Emily Haines also wore a very similar shirt to what she wore at Terminal 5.
Joan (Wasser) as Policewoman (who I saw in the crowd at Rufus Wainwright at the same venue a couple of weeks earlier) and Holly Miranda (who played a much smaller NYC three days later, and a medium sized show a month earlier) opened for Metric Thursday night, August 5th, at the all-female-frontwoman, free Celebrate Brooklyn show (two nights before Sharon Jones). More pictures from it, below...
by Bill Pearis
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Last night was kind of a blowout night for NYC concert-going. So many great shows, big and small, I hope you all went to something and didn't stay home watching Top Chef or something. (I missed it all, I had to work.) The weekend doesn't look quite as action-packed but there's no hurting for great music options.
My top pick for the weekend would be Standard Fare who are over from England and are playing two NYC shows: tonight (8/5) at Bruar Falls and tomorrow (8/6) for the Mondo! party at the about-to-be-renovated Don Hill's. I've written about Standard Fare more than once, so I'm just going to quote myself here:
Standard Fare's The Noyelle Beat (out now in America on Bar/None) is one of the best indiepop records of the year (along with Allo Darlin's debut). Cute, romantic, but with some muscle in there too. You can download a couple of tracks from it above. You should also watch the new video for their great single "Philadelphia" at the bottom of this post.Tonight's Bruar Falls show would be worth going to even if Standard Fare weren't playing. Also on this all-over-the-place bill are low-fi legend R. Stevie Moore (who recently played with Ariel Pink), all-girl trio Brian, and Japanese cosplay singer, Reni. Video of the latter is at the bottom of this post.
If you're not at Bruar Falls, you might consider its sister venue, Cake Shop, tonight (8/5) to catch Lower Dens, Air Waves and Inoculist. Lower Dens and Inoculist played together last night at Glasslands and by all reports (the ones I heard anyway) it was a great show. You can watch video from last night's show shot by Bleary-eyed Brooklyn at the bottom of this post. I saw Lower Dens during the Northside Fest and thought they were terrific and have been singing the praises of their debut album, Twin Hand Movement, all summer. The record sounds better now as our shadows get longer and the nights cool off. This is a August/September kind of album.
Inoculist (which I keep mispelling "inocultist) is fronted by Jana's brother John, and the two siblings definitely pull from the same record collection. Inoculist's debut, Spells, is a laid back affair, and comparisons to Low's first few albums are not unwarranted. Hunter and keyboardist Ashlyn Davis' voices are well matched for the band's mellow vibe. Really nice. The Hunters will be touring together for a couple weeks, but will split off mid-month and Inoculist will then head out with Little Gold for a week of shows while Lower Dens go it alone down the West Coast and the South.
Rounding out the Cake Shop bill is Air Waves whose debut album is due out on Underwater Peoples sometime in the near future. See them while you can -- Nicole is moving to Austin at the end of the month. Air Waves still have a few NYC shows left till then, though, including next Saturday's (8/14) Underwater Peoples Summer Showcase -- a blowout at Shea Stadium featuring Julian Lynch, Big Troubles, Fluffy Lumbers, Ducktails and more. Advance tickets are available at the UP website. See the flyer at the bottom of this post for the full line-up, and all remaining Air Waves NYC shows are down there too.
And a few more recommended weekend shows that I didn't cover above:
THURSDAY, AUG 5
Want to see some anthemic rock from popular Canadians? I guess I should be more specific. Want to see some anthemic rock from popular Canadians that is outdoors and free? Metric play Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park with Joan as Policewoman and Holly Miranda.
SHARK? are busy working on their Kickstarter-funded album but are taking a break to road test some songs at The Rock Shop. (Download previous SHARK? releases here.) where they'll play with The Great Unwashed (the ones from Staten Island, not New Zealand), Conversion Party, and The Rabbits.
photos by Vincent Cornelli
Bear in Heven opened for Metric at Terminal 5 in NYC on Sunday night (5/16) - Emily Haines' third NYC appearance this month. If you missed it, Metric are back from a free show in Prospect Park this summer. More pictures from the T5 show with Metric's setlist, below...
photos by Bao Nguyen
"Agh. Free Black Keys concert tonight at the Classic Car Club but lines were CRAZY!" - quiet soliloquy
"Fans have overwhelmingly expressed, in 354+ comments on The Black Keys Facebook page, that the band has "sold out" following an announcement that a new song, "Chop And Change", will be a part of the soundtrack for the third installment of extremely popular vampire movie franchise "Twilight".The Black Keys, who are opening or Pearl Jam at MSG this week (and playing a benefit at Housing Works that will also be a temporary Black Keys pop up shop), and whose sole SXSW show this year was a T-Mobile-sponsored Mog show, played a Microsoft/Verizon Kin show in NYC last night (5/15). The show took place at the Classic Car Club in Tribeca, just like the Passion Pit one did one night earlier. A free Kin Ting Tings show also happened last night at a different venue.
The Black Keys' have sold out? Yeah, sure. If anything, they've finally just sold in on their own terms.
In most cases, the term "sold out" would be fantastic news to artists in regards to shows, books, CDs, etc. It simply claims that the artist/event is doing so well that they have run out of space or items and that it is pretty much exclusive and rare - a privilege, really. It's heartbreaking to the people who did not get a chance to be a part of it, but it does hint at success, which can obviously be rendered in many different ways. For people who appreciate "underground" or lesser-known works or talents, however, "selling out" is the worst possible brand that you can get from a fan - it pretty much means that you are now not good enough to be appreciated anymore, and that you are now "mainstream" or "too trendy."" [The Black Keys Fan Lounge]
No more Kin shows in NYC, but Chicago has one by The Dead Weather coming up. The Dead Weather (who also opened a pop up shop in NYC when their last record came out), along with Metric (who play NYC tonight/Sunday), Muse (who are taking Metric on tour), Band of Horses (who also open for Pearl Jam at MSG this week), Vampire Weekend and others, also appear on the new Twilight soundtrack. The full tracklisting and more pictures from the Kin show below...
Celebrate Brooklyn '09 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Celebrate Brooklyn series' 2010 schedule is out. Check out the free (or $3 suggested donation) shows that will be happening at Prospect Park this summer below.
There's the previously mentioned shows with Norah Jones, Konono No. 1, Sonic Youth (who have Talk Normal and Grass Widow opening for them), Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings with Budos Band, Swell Season and the Low Anthem, Metric, The Roots and Allen Toussaint, all for free. The ticketed benefit shows are Rufus Wainwright on July 20th, Dead Weather on August 3rd, and already-sold-out shows with Passion Pit and The National.
The full schedule is below...
Holly Miranda @ a BV party in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
Metric will headline a free Celebrate Brooklyn show at the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 5th. Openers for that date are fellow female-fronted groups Holly Miranda and Joan as Policewoman. The show joins a summer lineup of free entertainment that also includes The Swell Season and The Low Anthem. All shows listed HERE.
Way before that, May 16th to be exact, you can catch Metric at Terminal 5 in Manhattan (tickets are still on sale). It's the first of four dates the Canadian band play with Bear in Heaven. Those dates are below. In October Metric will be in the NYC area as part of their tour with Muse.
Joan (as Policewoman) doesn't really have any other shows coming up, but you may have just caught her at the Truck America Fest over the weekend in the Catskills.
You can catch Holly Miranda soon too though. She plays her own headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on May 26th. Tickets are still on sale. Grooms and Class Actress are opening that show. Those at Stony Brook University can catch Holly this Thursday night (5/6). All dates below....
by Andrew Frisicano
Zola Jesus @ Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Lori Baily)
Zola Jesus, singer Nika Roza Danilova who's been likened to Diamanda Galas, Siouxsie and Karin Andersson (check out for yourself above), has a few notable shows coming up this June and July. First, she's on the bill for NXNE in Toronto June 14th-20th.
After that, she comes to NYC for a show on June 19th at Glasslands.
Then later im the summer, Zola Jesus plays with Bear in Heaven at their free South Street Seaport show on July 9th. Bear in Heaven also play Terminal 5 with Metric on May 16th, and have a ton of tour dates (including some with Twin Sister), which are posted below.
Further, you can catch Zola Jesus supporting Wolf Parade at Terminal 5 on July 13th (and on a couple of their dates on the West Coast). Tickets are still on sale. That's around the same time Wolf Parade's new record, Expo 86, comes out on Sub Pop. The cover is below.
All tour dates for Zola Jesus and Bear in Heaven below...
a Muse & Metric show @ SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
Muse have their North American tour for this fall already plotted out. The first half will be opened by Passion Pit, and the second will be opened by Metric. For the NY-area shows in October, it'll be Metric. Those will happen October 23rd at Nassau Coliseum and October 24th at NJ's Prudential Center. Tickets go on WRXP presale Wednesday at 10am, and Fanclub presale starts at the same time. General sale starts Friday at 10am.
"The 2010 Lollapalooza line-up is official: Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and Phoenix will headline, joined by Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, and The Black Keys. With 130 bands on this year's bill, its sure to be a weekend long feast for the ears.After extremely accurate early leaks and then much teasing, Lollapalooza oficially announces this year's lineup. Check it out below...
It's a monumental year for Lollapalooza, filled with homecomings, reunions, and first-times. Soundgarden, 1992 and 1996 Lollapalooza alumni, return to the Lollapalooza stage for their first performance since 1997. Green Day will rock Grant Park sixteen years after their first Lollapalooza appearance. While Lady Gaga will headline the festival only three short years after playing the BMI stage at Lollapalooza 2007.
Arcade Fire returns to Grant Park, having played the reincarnated Lollapalooza in 2005. This is the first Lollapalooza for The Strokes - and also their first show in four years. And making their Lollapalooza debut: Phoenix." - Lollapalooza
Metric @ Stubb's in Austin during SXSW (more by Tim Griffin)
Metric will follow up their performance at SXSW (where Emily Haines also sang with Broken Social Scene) with a series of Canadian shows this April. They return to Texas in May, and then head to New York and a few other cities for select shows including Terminal 5 on Sunday, May 16th. Fanclub presale for those dates is going on now. Tickets for the NYC show go on AmEx presale Wednesday (3/31) at 11am. General sale starts Friday, April 2nd at noon.
They're also on part of the Lilith Fair this summer, and part of those dates have been announced too (Metric are only playing two of them so far). Those, all Metric tour dates and videos of the band at SXSW are below...
photos by Tim Griffin
One of the more mainstream "big" bills at SXSW was Muse with Metric at Stubb's on Friday night (3/19). It was Emily Haines' 2nd night in a row in the venue because she also performed with Broken Social Scene there. Our Friday day party at Club DeVille was right down the street. After cleaning up we left to find the line to Muse was blocks long (luckily we had no plans to go in). Tim was also at our Friday day party but had taken off earlier than us to make sure he got in in time to get the pictures that continue below...
"I don't get to see these people. I don't see Leslie (Feist) any more. It's tough to see Amy (Millan) and Evan (Cranley) because they live in Montreal. Jimmy (Shaw) and Emily (Haines) have been on the road so much. They just came and we hung out in the studio for a few days in Toronto. Just to hang out was enough."SXSW Day Two startedd out for me with a performance by Sharon Van Etten who was heartachingly beautiful at St. David's Sanctuary. Sarah Jaffe and band followed - great folk/rock songs. Over at Stubb's Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw guesting on "Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl" with Broken Social Scene was the highlight of their show filled with new songs from the forthcoming record. Band Of Horses preceded and were great but their set was a bit short. Let's Wrestle (who didn't make it to NYC before Austin, but did make it to SXSW) during the day at Lovejoy's was loud and excellent. The Victorian Room at the Driskill Hotel was a perfect venue for Olof Arnalds and probably the most attractive setting for a show I've been to yet.
Broken Social Scene hasn't closed the door on collaborations, by any stretch. Metric's Haines and Shaw were invited onstage Thursday night to perform You Forgot It In People's show-stopping "Anthems For a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl," while stretches of the show featured a six-piece horn section, the Beauties acting as a sort of all-male chorus line and vocal contributions from Jason Collett. [Toronto Star]
Some pictures and commentary from SXSW Day 1 HERE. Pictures from Day 2 continue below...
DOWNLOAD: Broken Social Scene - World Sick (MP3)
Jason Collett's new record, Rat A Tat Tat, came out Tuesday (3/9) on Arts & Crafts. His tour with his backing band, Zeus (who just put out an album of their own), and other opener Bahamas starts this week in Canada before getting to SXSW next week. One of Collett's shows there will be the BrooklynVegan/M For Montreal day party at Galaxy Room on Saturday March 20th. His full schedule for the fest is below.
The three-band tour comes to NYC for a pair of shows in April. They'll play Mercury Lounge on April 23rd (tickets) and Union Hall on April 24th (tickets). Zeus will be at both of those shows (previously Mercury Lounge was listed as "Jason Collett only").
Jason Collett's other band, Broken Social Scene, will also be at SXSW, where they're scheduled for two shows. The first is Thursday, March 18th @ Stubb's with Drive By Truckers and Band of Horses. The second is the official Arts & Crafts showcase @ The Parish on Friday, March 19th:
8pm - Still Life StillArts & Crafts extended family band Metric play a SXSW show at Stubb's on Friday, March 19th (probably with Muse). Timber Timbre play at least one more SXSW show while in Austin and kick off a tour with The Low Anthem later in March.
09pm - Timber Timbre
10pm - Zeus
11pm - Jason Collett
12am - Broken Social Scene
The collective is currently plotting its support shows for new record Forgiveness Rock Record, which comes out May 4th on A&C. The first song off that is posted above, right above the picture of the boxset version of the album
As far as NYC shows, BSS will play Webster Hall on May 7th, and they're playing Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on September 17th (the weekend before Pavement take over the space). They have summer festival appearances lined up too (Sasquatch, Pitchfork, their own Toronto fest), which are listed below.
Sally Seltmann will also be at SXSW, though she isn't on the lineup of that Parish show. You might remember her from her old moniker, "New Buffalo". Sally's new album "Heart That's Pounding" is out April 6, 2010 on Arts & Crafts. Cover art and all dates below.
Speaking of Arts & Crafts, A&C alums Stars will be putting out a new album, The Five Ghosts, on their own Soft Revolution Records on June 22nd.
We have never written an album with this much cohesion and unity' says vocalist Amy Millan , 'It is the first time we've had the luxury of being together in a huge room writing songs off the floor. TheThey're planning a North American tour for this May and June, where they'll be playing The Five Ghosts in its entirety followed by a set of fan-picked songs. The album tracklist, a video of the band in the studio, and tour dates for all of the above are below...
Five Ghosts is quintessential STARS.'
photos by Bao Nguyen
Last night (2/11) was a big night for musical fashion week parties in NYC. Guns n Roses were the surprise headliner in the John Varvatos store. Earlier in the vening both Patti Smith and Metric played sets at the LnA afterparty at Milk Studios. More pictures from that one below...
"There's nothing "normal" about New York Fashion Week, but if the incoming flood of models, designers, and celebs isn't cool enough, this might just make you gasp:Metric and Patti Smith play the LnA party. The Cardigans' Nina Persson appears at the Peter Jensen party on Valentine's Day. That's the setlist (invite?) full of covers above.
For LnA's first presentation in New York City, they're going all out, showcasing their trademark streetwear (including the famous, best-selling, NYLON approved Dani legging), while bringing along some special guests.
Besides a performance by Metric, LnA will have a special guest at their afterparty - Patti Smith. The singer, poet, artist, author, icon, fill-in-the-blank will appear onstage at Milk Studios during LnA's big Manhattan bash." [NYLON]
NYC band Preacher and the Knife have been "chosen to perform at famed designer Cynthia Rowley's runway show during NY Fashion Week, next Friday, February 12th at Gotham Hall. The band will also be performing on February 14th at the Cake Shop for'"Panache & Cake Shop's V-Day Love In.'"
Alberta Cross are performing Thursday in the John Varvatos store.
You can catch Amanda Blank, Ebony Bones & Daniel Merriweather at Hudson Hotel on 2/10.
Tickets are on sale for Naomi Campbell's Fashion For Relief Haiti at The Tents at Bryant Park (2/12).
Lilith Fair, which has been dormant since 1999, will reform this year for a North American tour this summer. Exact dates and venues are forthcoming, but the ongoing list of confirmed acts is impressive (though they won't all play every city). The lineup currently includes Beth Orton, Cat Power, Emmylou Harris, Erykah Badu, the Gossip, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Heart, Indigo Girls, Janelle Monae, Ke$ha, La Roux, Lights, Loretta Lynn, Mary J. Blige, Metric, Miranda Lambert, Norah Jones, Rosie Thomas, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder, Sheryl Crow, Tara MacLean, Tegan and Sara.
New York City is one of the tour's confirmed stops. The rest of those and the fest's so-far lineup are below...
Metric @ Terminal 5 in June (more by Bao Nguyen)
Metric announced a November-December tour today. They probably hoped the announcement would be delivered with the news of their Polaris win. Those dates below...
"after seeing this video I lost any respect I had for Perry Farrell. Why is he even bothering with music anymore? He and his wife should stick with porn exclusively". - Anonymous | August 8, 2009 1:32 AM
"Perry's" stage @ Lollapalooza - August 8, 2009 (by kazahel)
Julian Plenti FTW....
photos by Bao Nguyen
"This is an epic time for Metric! Fantasies has achieved Gold status in Canada within the first few weeks of its release and it is thanks to the incredible support of our loyal fans. Since the release of Live It Out in 2005 the music industry has been in decline; it seems everyone's sales have suffered a lot since then. To have surpassed our previous album sales so dramatically in such a climate is an astonishing feat and we are so grateful to every single person who has believed in us and made it possible. Our way of doing things has always been unconventional and we took a massive risk in self-releasing Fantasies all over the world outside Canada. We're getting an overwhelmingly positive reaction from listeners around the globe and are so excited to bring the Metric love to all corners of the earth. We gave it our all and the world is magically giving back." - Emily Haines, MetricMetric are currently touring the United States in support of Fantasies. Last night that tour hit a very packed Terminal 5 in NYC (6/17). It was probably Metric's biggest headlining NYC show to date, which may explain Emily Haines getting all nostalgic about things like going to Fez (RIP).
Smile Smile opened the show with an early 7:30 pm set. Then came a rockin' set by former DFA79 member Sebastien Grainger and his band The Mountains. They're touring with Metric in the US. Metric's headlining set was heavy on the new Fantasies material. That was a good or bad thing depending on who you talk to. More pictures from the show, Metric's new video, and the rest of their tour dates, below...
The week's release list is filled with quality music, Bill Callahan's Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle and The Handsome Family's Honey Moon are already among my favorite releases of 2009. From the albums that have already crossed my path, I can also strongly recommend Ida Maria's Fortress Round My Heart, Papercuts' You Can Have What You Want, Pomegranates' Everybody, Come Outside!, and Wooden Shjips' Dos.
The most interesting music release of the week may be Easy Star All-Stars' Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band, a dub remake of the Beatles' classic album.
Lights in the Attic follows its critically acclaimed (10.0 at Pitchfork) reissue of Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson with two Monks releases, the remastered Black Monk Time (with bonus tracks) and a reissue of The Early Years: 1964-1965. Other reissues of note include Beck's remastered One Foot in the Grave and two remastered Dukes of Stratosphear discs, 25 O'Clock and Psonic Psunspot.
What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?
Peter Bjorn & John, W Hotel crowd (more by Tim Griffin)
Ben Harper & Relentless7 are playing Webser Hall on May 5th, and Music Hall of Williamsburg three days after that. Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for both shows.
Ben Lee and Low vs. Diamond are playing Bowery Ballroom on May 22nd. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
Tickets went on sale yesterday for Santigold's show at Terminal 5.
Tickets went on sale Wednesday for Animal Collective's show in Brooklyn.
some of Metric @ Union Pool in September (more by Kyle Dean reinford)
Following 2005's [album] Live It Out, Metric returns with their fourth full length studio album Fantasies. Written by the band in a farmhouse outside Seattle and by frontwoman Emily Haines while on a soul-cleansing sojourn to Argentina, Fantasies is a densely textured modern mix of psychedelia, electro, and rock with a "really big and really dreamy" sound, says guitarist/co-founder Jimmy Shaw.I think that mixing they're talking about happened back in September which is why Emily Haines was in town to play those Brooklyn shows at Union Pool. They'll be in NYC again this June, when Metric headlines the much larger Terminal 5. Tickets for the June 17th show go on sale Friday at noon.
Haines adds, "For me, the major influences on the record were the places we wrote it: Bear Creek, this utopian farmhouse studio, and then our own studio in Toronto, which definitely brought in the electro, dance and rock elements because the city feels so good right now and so many of our musician friends were around. And then for me, being in Buenos Aires, most of the songs I brought to this record came out of being in exile with just a piano and a guitar. And then in the final stages, mixing at Electric Lady in NYC brought everything around to where we first met Josh and Joules."
Fantasies will be available in the US April 14
You can pre-order Fantasies now at their site. Pre-orders include an "immediate digital download of 3 tracks, including the album version of Help I'm Alive PLUS two exclusive pre-order tracks: a cover of Pink Floyd's Nobody Home and the acoustic version of Gimme Sympathy."
The new album tracklist, a video for one of the new songs, and all tour dates, below...