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Watch Metric Play “Youth Without Youth” Acoustic

Last month, Canadian indie-poppers Metric debuted their stomping new single “Youth Without Youth,” a song about a generation drowning in debt. And now Rolling Stone has posted a video of the band’s Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw doing an acoustic-plus-drum-machine version of the song, which translates nicely. Watch the performance below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 7, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Metric – “Youth Without Youth”

Canadian popsters Metric are back with a drum-heavy, anthemic new jam called “Youth Without Youth,” which serves as the first single from their forthcoming album Synthetica. Listen to a stream of the track, along with some commentary on the making of the song from Metric members Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, at Soundcloud. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 30, 2012 - 11:19 am

Metric Synthetica Details

Earlier today, Metric announced the details for their new album Synthetica. It’s out in June, and there’s all sorts of teasers and Internet-friendly curios regarding Synthetica at their website. It’s mixed by John O’Mahoney (Coldplay, the Cribs). Scope tour dates, the track list and a bonus cover of Tom Waits’ “Strange Weather” below. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 17, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Lollapalooza 2010 Saturday: Green Day Is For The Children

Even if you’re not a fan (I’m not) you gotta give Green Day credit, first for introducing Lookout! to mall-punks back in the day, later for showcasing political awareness on an MTV-sized scale. Now middle-aged dads, with armfuls of Grammys and a Broadway pedigree, they commanded the biggest crowd at Lolla so far this weekend. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 8, 2010 - 12:02 pm

Metric – “Eclipse (All Yours)” Video

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse made over $68 million last night, and is sold out until Christmas, so this Metric video, for their contribution to the Twilight: Eclipse Soundtrack, may be the closest you get to the movie for a while. The clip includes scenes of Bella, Edward, Jacob, etc. mixed in with footage of a… More »

By: jessica / July 1, 2010 - 4:16 pm

Stream Twilight: Eclipse Soundtrack

You heard Vampire Weekend’s “Jonathan Low” (one of VW’s top three songs about vampires) and before that Muse’s “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” (inescapable at vampire proms this month). Now you can check out Beck & Bat For Lashes’ much anticipated collab… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 2, 2010 - 12:28 pm

Metric – “Stadium Love” Video

Metric’s Fantasies came out a little over a year ago, but the band’s still releasing new videos for the album. “Help, I’m Alive” and “Sick Muse” got videos last year, and they released the official video for album closer “Stadium Love” over the weekend. The video follows the spirit of the song’s lyrics, if… More »

By: jessica / June 1, 2010 - 11:10 am

Twilight: Eclipse Soundtrack Nabs Vampire Weekend, Beck, Bat For Lashes

After Thom Yorke, Bon Iver & St. Vincent, and Grizzly Bear & Beach House made soundtracks to multi-million dollar hormonal-teenage-vampires-in-love franchises a safe place for indie artists to premiere their wares, you had to figure more folks from Stereogum’s tag cloud would lineup at the chance to lure Bella & Edward heads from the land… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 12, 2010 - 1:12 pm

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am

SXSW 2010: Thursday In Photos

On some nights you can fool yourself into forgetting that industry weeks like SXSW have shifted from being about discovery to being full-on music festivals. Yesterday was not one of those days. Aside from the always-on-point imprint True Panther Sounds’ top-to-bottom burner at Ms. Bea’s — giving us our first look at Hunx and Hi… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 19, 2010 - 9:16 pm

Friendly Fires Remix Phoenix

Just when you thought we were putting a cap on our ongoing coverage of how it’s been a Very Phoenix Summer, with the logical extension of the band’s brand expansion (stumping for fun-loving luxury SUVs, naturally), here we are today — another day, another Phoenix remix. But this one’s fun! Pretty fun. Instead of dubMore »

By: Amrit Singh / September 17, 2009 - 3:20 pm

Bumbershoot 2009 In Photos

At Seattle’s biggest music festival, rain is not unexpected; still, the downpours at Bumbershoot ’09 were scary even for this neck of the Pacific Northwest. No bands got electrocuted, but the sound cut out during Black Eyed Peas’ set, so that’s something. Franz Ferdinand and Modest Mouse were huge draws as the three-day event came… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 8, 2009 - 10:34 am

New Julian Plenti Video (Feat. Emily Haines) – “Games For Days”

Interpol frontman Paul Banks’ Julian Plenti Is… Skyscraper came out a couple of days ago. In the official Javier Aguilera-directed video for his post-punk “Games For Days,” Banks plays two characters. The dark Paul teams up with Metric’s Emily Haines — the two get cozy, whip out the handcuffs, and trash a hotel room together… More »

By: brandon / August 6, 2009 - 1:45 pm

Broken Social Scene Reunite On The Toronto Harborfront

We got the word on this one from a reader named Kate, who informs us of the following:

Broken Social Scene were going to have a show on the island in Toronto but because of the city strike they had to cancel it. As an apology of sorts last night they held a free… More »

By: brandon / July 13, 2009 - 9:03 am

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… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 9, 2009 - 9:32 am

New Metric Video – “Sick Muse”

The newest Fantasies track gets a simple treatment: “Sick Muse” features a lower-tech sound stage than “Gimme Sympathy” and none of the layered animations of “Help, I’m Alive,” and it feels more alive because of it. (Thanks for the tip, Mark.) Basically, a stationary camera cuts between the (ever wardrobe changing) band hamming it u… More »

By: brandon / May 22, 2009 - 11:46 am

New Metric Video – “Help, I’m Alive”

We first heard Metric’s excellent single in acoustic form, soundtracking a montage of confessional interviews with singer/songwriter Emily Haines. In the video, posted on the band’s site last fall, we learned Emiliy had been on a soul-searching sojourn in Buenos Aires (go Boca Juniors) after contemplating quitting writing altogether. “I just felt like I didn’t… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 17, 2009 - 7:31 pm

New Metric Video – “Gimme Sympathy”

If you’re a fan, you’ve already streamed Metric’s Fantasies. Now you can stop imaging and see one in living color. If we take the person who posted it to YouTube to heart — and why wouldn’t we? — the video for the Beatles and Rolling Stones-referencing “Gimme Sympathy” was filmed at Toronto’s Sound Academy. But… More »

By: brandon / March 24, 2009 - 9:43 am

Stream Metric’s Fantasies

A few months ago we posted Metric’s Breeders-esque “Help I’m Alive” (see “Divine Hammer”) and mentioned that it appeared to be the lead single from the new then-untitled followup to 2005’s Live It Out. Perfectly true. A little later we discovered that the new collection would be called Fantasies. More important that that: This i… More »

By: brandon / March 12, 2009 - 12:02 pm

New Metric – “Help, I’m Alive”

There’s been a sporadic stream of material coming from Camp Metric since 2005’s Live It Out — like new Emily Haines,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 5, 2008 - 11:12 am