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Metric

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...

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by Dominick Mastrangelo

Broken Social Scene

"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."

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]

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.

Some pictures and commentary from SXSW Day 1 HERE. Pictures from Day 2 continue below...

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BSS

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 Still
09pm - Timber Timbre
10pm - Zeus
11pm - Jason Collett
12am - Broken Social Scene
Arts & 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.

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. The
Five Ghosts is quintessential STARS.'
They'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...

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photos by Bao Nguyen

Metric
Patti Smith

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...

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Nina

"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:

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]

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.

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).

What else?

Continue reading "NY Fashion Week kicks off (music events include Metric, Patti Smith, Nina Persson, Alberta Cross & more)"

Lilith Fair

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...

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"Wow, Pop-Core takes the Polaris prize! Surprise!" - Metric

Metric @ Terminal 5 in June (more by Bao Nguyen)
Metric

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...

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"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)
Perrys

Julian Plenti FTW....

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Polaris

Steve Jordan, Founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize, today revealed the Short List of 10 Canadian albums eligible for the fourth annual $20,000 award.
The 10 nominees are, in alphabetical order:

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photos by Bao Nguyen

Metric

"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, Metric
Metric 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...

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Metric
Metric's first album in four years, the highly anticipated Fantasies hits store shelves tomorrow.

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?

Continue reading "Largehearted Boy's Interesting CD Releases This Week"

Peter Bjorn & John, W Hotel crowd (more by Tim Griffin)
Peter BJ

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 are on sale (@ noon) for the two Jonathan Richman shows coming up at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for Metric's show at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the two Passion Pit shows coming up at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Indigo Girls show at Central Park Summerstage. Matt Nathanson is opening.

Perry Farrell, Jerry Cantrell, and Wayne Kramer are doing another Road to Recovery benefit at Nokia Theatre on May 1st. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for all five Art Brut shows coming up at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for both Meat Puppets shows coming up at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Shins show happening at Terminal 5, and for the one happening at Wellmont Theater.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Camera Obscura show happening at Webster Hall.

Tickets went on sale yesterday for Santigold's show at Terminal 5.

Tickets went on sale Wednesday for Animal Collective's show in Brooklyn.

Tickets are on sale for the Tortoise show happening at the Bell House.

Tickets are still on sale for tonight's Obits show at The Bell House.

some of Metric @ Union Pool in September (more by Kyle Dean reinford)
Metric

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.

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

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.

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...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Metric @ Union Pool

As announced, Emily Haines played back to back shows at Union Pool in Brooklyn last night (Sept 7). The two Emily shows were followed by a third show where Emily joined former tour-mates Tall Firs on stage for a few songs. Ends up, the first two shows weren't Emily solo performances at all. She didn't even play one song off her solo album. Instead, she and Metric guitarist Jimmy Shaw played the new, unreleased 9-track Metric album in its entirety, acoustically, twice. They just finished recording it earlier that day - their reason for being in NYC. Both sets were identical and both ended with the older Metric favorite "Live it Out" - a song the crowd was invited to sing along to.

Future plans for Metric include releasing the new album in November or December, playing more stripped-down, full-album shows, and maybe even recording and releasing the acoustic live version. Kyle stayed for all three sets last night. The below pictures are a mix from all of them (and include the setlist aka the tracklist for the new album)....

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Emily Haines (Metric) @ APW (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Metric

A distinct contrast from Metric's bold, danceable sound, Emily's solo work is an intimate and subtle collection of mellow, piano-driven tunes complimented by soft string and horn arrangements. [EACH] TICKET IS GOOD FOR [ONE] PERFORMANCE. - #1 @ 7:30PM. A REPEAT PERFORMANCE WILL FOLLOW @ 9PM. TICKETS ARE PRESALE ONLY, AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. ALL SHOWS ARE 21+. NO EXCEPTIONS. UNION POOL 484 UNION AVE. CORNER OF UNION & MEEKER BROOKLYN, NY 11211
Sunday, Sept. 7th. tickets are on sale for:
  1. an early show ("EMILY HAINES SOLO PERFORMANCE #1")
  2. a late show ("EMILY HAINES (w/ JIMMY SHAW of METRIC) SOLO PERFORMANCE #2")
  3. a late-late show ("TALL FIRS featuring EMILY HAINES")
(thx anon)

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

APW

I wasn't super excited for Saturday's All Points West daytime schedule, but I figured it would be at least fun to hangout at the main stage and see Chromeo followed by Metric followed by Animal Collective. Well...running late caused me to miss Chromeo and then a gigantic @#$@#%@#$ line to get into the park caused me to miss Metric which I guess is also partly due to running late since someone told me they walked right in an hour or two earlier. Metric also played a show the night before at Highline Ballroom. More APW pics below...

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by BrooklynVegan Mike

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Osheaga (Vero.b)
Osheaga

Osheaga, the outdoor music festival in Montreal, celebrated its third birthday this weekend with a bevy of local acts, some emerging talent, and great live performers. Day one (Sunday August 3rd) of the festival was also one of the most hectic musical days in recent [Montreal] memory. The week long Francophone music festival, FrancoFolies, concluded the same day with a performance by former Osheaga artist Malajube, and Wolf Parade (another former Osheaga performer) finished a tour downtown with their first Montreal performance since the release of At Mount Zoomer....

Continue reading "Osheaga 2008 - day 1 (a review with pics & videos)"

Mates of State @ Mercury Lounge (more by Bao Nguyen)
Mates of State

The Mates of State and Metric show at Highline Ballroom on August 7th is now the Mates of State show (9pm, August 7th, w/ Telepathique, $15) and the Metric show (August 8th, midnight, $15). "Tickets purchased prior to July 23 are valid to both the 8/7 and 8/8 shows or may be refunded at point of purchase."

Metric @ Coachella 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Metric @ Coachella

Tickets go on sale Friday for a Thursday August 7th Metric & Mates of State show at Highline Ballroom in NYC. Both bands are then playing the All Points West festival in Jersey City that weekend. All dates below....

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photos by Ryan Muir

Metric @ Coacehlla

Emily Haines, lead singer and synth player for Metric, gave a special girl power shoutout on Sunday ... to her Pro-One keyboard.

"The Pro-One is one of those instruments, they're like a woman. You can't understand them, there's like 1,000 knobs, and it cries every time you touch it," she said as the temperamental Pro-One faltered on a song.

"I'm proud to be a girl! And I'm proud to play an instrument that behaves like an [effing] woman every show!"

Then after ordering the audience to tell the Pro-One they loved it, in unison, Metric launched into "Poster of a Girl." [San Diego Union Tribune]

More pictures from Coachella below....

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passing around Emily Haines @ The Scala, London - Feb 2007 (James Looker)
Emily Haines

Metric is coming out with a DVD, and there are NYC screenings at Crash Mansion and Galapagos. I saw something about a "special guest" band after the screening at the Galapagos one - sort of implying that Metric will be there, but I doubt that is true. Let me know if it is though. All dates and trailer below....

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Muppets

Tough call, but I think I'm going to have to vote for Escort to win this year's Plug "Music Video of the Year". Check out all twelve of the nominated videos below....

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but Emily and the guy from Pavement did.....

Emily Haines & Kevin Drew @ Webster Hall (CRED)
Kevin Drew & Emily Haines @ WEbster Hall

Scott Kannberg (spiral stairs) & BSS @ Webster Hall (CRED)
Scott Kannberg @ WEbster HallScott Kannberg @ WEbster Hall

The covered a Pavement song with Scott. A set list that Dirk is 'pretty sure' about, below...

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BSS ("Spirit If") @ The Metro, Chicago - Nov 3, 2007 (CRED)
Broken Social Scene in Chicago

J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), Scott Kannberg (Pavement), James Shaw (Metric) and Emily Haines (Metric) will all be joining Kevin Drew & friends on stage tomorrow night at Webster Hall in NYC. (Nov 14, 2007). Arthur & Yu are opening. Tickets are still on sale. I definitely want to go now. Updated tour dates below...

Continue reading "special guests with BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE tomorrow"