Metric @ The Wiltern, Los Angeles 6/8/09

Metric’s tour on the back of Fantasies and its many videos brought them to L.A. last night, where the band played their biggest, most sold-out show yet. Props were paid onstage to the various Los Angeles venues they’ve performed and outgrown along the way — Silverlake Lounge, El Rey Theater, Henry Fonda Theater. It’s a good stage-banter device, simultaneously inviting, humbling, and self-congratulatory; it’s also one that their BSS-mate Feist loves whipping out whenever she’s in NYC (like at Town Hall and McCarren last year). Anyway the crowd ate it and their set up last night, including a theremin-ed “Twilight Galaxy,” the “summer jam” “Gimme Sympathy,” and the “Monster Hospital”/”Live It Out” encore. Opening the show was the non-MSTRKRFT half of DFA1979, Sebastien Grainger and his Mountains, along with Band Of Skulls, who our photographer Andrew Youssef tells us have been playing a slate of L.A. showcases over the past week. A few more chances to see Metric remain:

06/11 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
06/12 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada
06/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
06/14 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
06/15 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall